A look at the ISO 37120 "Smart City" Standard

The Smart Cities Council (http://smartcitiescouncil.com/) have spent the last couple of months looking into the new ISO 37120 standard which presents cities with a number of performance indicators in regards to every thinkable service and infrastructure in the city. ISO 37120 contains no less than 17 different overreaching themes ranging from economy to recreation to water & sanitation. Each of these themes are split into "Core" and "Supporting" factors that cities should be well aware of, and report, if they want to live up to the standards prescriptions. In this blog post, we sum up the main findings from the Smart Cities Councils look at theme no. 17 - "Water & Sanitation".

With less than 1 % of Earths water being potable water (drinking water), the need for proper handling and infrastructures are enourmous. Water is a critical resource - if not the most critical - to life on this planet, and wasting this precious resource can have fatal consequences for societies all around the world. 

The numbers

The SCC state that cloes to 780 million worldwide people don't have access to clean water. This results in over 3,5 million deaths each year. In many developing countries, young girls and boys spend several hours fetching water from distant community-wells each day, which keeps them out of the classrooms, and puts a stopper to their education. The problem with lacking access to water not only cost lives here and now, but prevents developing countries from educating their youth, which in the long run will create an even creater gap between the developed and the developing world. 

The ISO 37120 standard attempts to set the bar for sustainable cities, by urging cities (or smart cities) to make the best possible use of this scarce resource. 

Water & Sanitation indicators

In SCC's report, the core- and supporting indicators for water and sanitation delivery and sanitation is investigated in order to present the reader with an overview of the most important topics and themes for future city development. What counts as a "potable water supply"? How much water does the average citizen consume? These are some of the questions the ISO 37120 addresses.

Figure 1. Source: Smart Cities Council

 

Read the full article on the Smart Cities Council here: http://smartcitiescouncil.com/article/dissecting-iso-37120-how-sustainable-your-citys-water-supply