C40 World Mayors Summit

Grundfos aims to use our close partnership with C40 to put our decades of experience in water management in use - helping secure a sustainable and resilient water future for all global citizens.

Smart Cities and their water challenges

Water is the most precious resource on earth because all life depends on it. But modern urban life and an ever-expanding global population are placing heavy demands on our water supply. We might not realise this, because much of the water used to fuel our daily lives is used in places far from where we live. Still, water-related issues are becoming ever more pressing.

We are all at risk from future water challenges

Water is the most precious resource on Earth, because all life depends on it. But an ever-expanding and increasingly urban global population threatens our supply of clean water. This map shows water stress by country in 2040 under a business-as-usual scenario.

Four real world stories

Some of us live in places flooded by water, others in perpetual drought. And some live in areas in which the water is dirty and unfit for human consumption. These are the stories of four smart cities whose water challenges Grundfos helped to solve.


By 2025 1.8 billion people will be living in areas of absolute scarcity

By 2050 two thirds of the world's population could be under water stress

By 2050 68 % of the global population is expected to live in cities

A business-as-usual approach will lead to a 40 % gap between fresh supply and demand by 2030

We’re losing water where we need it most

Even though major cities like London and Mexico City are running out of water, the same cities lose up to 60% of all pumped water due to poor water networks. Intelligent water solutions can reduce this loss dramatically.

Read more about Grundfos

We pioneer solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improve quality of life for people. In the current state of climate crisis, cities experience increasing water stress and risk of flooding, affecting the lives of millions of citizens across the world. Urbanization will only amplify these risks in the future.