Global Water Annual Review 2021/22 Global Water Annual Review 2021/22

Global Water Annual Review 2021-22

Explore how we are collaborating with clients and partners to build water resilience and shape a better world

Explore how we are collaborating with clients and partners to build water resilience and shape a better world

Global Annual Water Review 2021-22
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Welcome to our latest Global Water Annual Review for 2021-22: reflecting on how we are continuing to work with clients across the full water cycle. We are helping to build resilience, adapting to the causes and mitigating the ever-increasing impacts of climate change – particularly the effects of flooding, which have been so evident across the year.

In a year that saw COP26 hosted in Glasgow – and the delivery of the first ever Water Pavilion at the conference, which placed water at the heart of the climate change conversation – it is essential that this engagement continues as we look ahead to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Read on through this year’s review to learn more about our groundbreaking Global Sponge Cities Snapshot campaign and find out which of the cities we studied is ‘spongiest’, explore our work to deliver flood resilience in Peru, and discover how we have refreshed our proven Design with Water methodology in line with the latest thinking – and lots more besides.

Jim Burridge Mark Fletcher Global Water Leader

Climate is water: bringing water to the conversation at COP26

Watch the video to see how we worked with partners to help bring water to the forefront of climate conversations at COP26, and how we are looking ahead together with optimism to COP27.

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Explore our latest thinking

Current global challenges continue to highlight the need for holistic, regenerative approaches to design, to ensure that the solutions proposed are sustainable and fit for the future.  Water should be at the very heart of this thinking.  From flooding to the circular economy, explore our latest Perspectives… 

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Water Perspectives


From business planning to capital project delivery, we work every day to help solve our clients’ challenges.  Read on to see how we’re supporting our clients across each of our five geographies, and view some of our inspiring projects by region below:


Improving resilience in the Americas

2021-22 has brought an increased emphasis on the sustainability and resilience of water systems, communities and utilities throughout the Americas region, impacting all business sectors.  This has provided opportunities to support our clients, not only in capital project delivery employing both traditional and alternative delivery methods, but also in strategic planning, incorporating a broader range of elements such as diversity and inclusion, social benefit and a focus on innovation. 

Explore the Silicon Valley clean water pipeline project


Sydney Water Planning Partnership

Our water business in Australasia has gone from strength to strength, growing our teams as we settle into a steady rhythm on the Sydney Water Planning Partnership. This growth has been on the back of winning some great strategic work with government clients including the New South Wales (NSW) Water Strategy, Regional Town Water Supply and Wastewater Emissions Projections, feeding into key policy for NSW on the way emissions are managed, and reduction targets determined for local governments.  

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East Asia

Enhancing climate resilience in East Asia

Continuing to improve water resilience across the region, we are leading projects across the water cycle from Wawa Bulk Water supply in Manila, designing the expansion of the Ngau Tam Mei Water Treatment Works, enhancing the climate resilience of over 300 critical drainage and sewerage infrastructures in Hong Kong, Antipolo Sewerage Scheme in Manila, and watershed assessment in the Philippines.  Expanding our footprint in Southeast Asia, we have delivered technical advisory works in Cambodia and established a full multi-disciplinary water team in Taiwan. 

Explore the Putatan water treatment plant


Advising across the water cycle

We have continued to work with water and non-water clients across the region, providing advice across the water cycle.  In Ireland we have delivered nationally significant flood resilience projects as well as developing an innovative pilot study for climate change adaptation planning of flood schemes.  In Poland we have supported a number of cities with the development of digital solutions to manage stormwater, and across locations in Ireland, Poland, Spain and Turkey we have been assessing water risk for data centre clients.   

Explore Krakow's integrated catchment model


Delivering net zero ambitions

A year of diversification, new opportunities, recruitment and growth. This year we’ve delivered an amazing range of projects including capital delivery schemes helping improve river health, assurance for challenging major projects, strategic advice on asset health, digital epidemiological studies tracking COVID-19, and Modern Methods of Construction research to deliver net zero ambitions.

Explore the sea level rise insights tool

Discover how our people and work have been recognised globally

People awards

  • Tom Doyle
    Future Water Awards: Emerging Talent Award

  • Samuel Koci
    Australian Water Association Queensland Branch: Young Water Professional of the Year Award

  • Mervick Ann Salamat
    Arup’s internal Matt Ball Award: recognising exceptional commitment to developing client relationships

  • Steve Adamthwaite
    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia: Future Infrastructure Leader of the Year

  • Oliver Perkins
    Institute of Water: Rising Star

Project awards

  • Washington State Convention Center Addition, Seattle, Washington, USA
    Seattle 2030 District: Vision Award for Potable Water Use Reduction

  • Global Challenge – Partnering to Invest, Influence and Tangibly Impact Sustainable Development Goal 6
    Australian Water Association (AWA): New South Wales - Organisational Excellence Award

  • Sydney Water Planning Partnership
    Infrastructure Partnerships Australia National Infrastructure Awards: Industry Choice Award

  • Coatham Woods Natural Flood Management Scheme
    Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE): Robert Stephenson Award: Small Project Category under £1m

  • LRF Joint Programme on Resilience Engineering: Resilience in Water, London, England.
    MCA Awards: Best Use of Thought Leadership

  • Virtual Asset Tours – improving the safety and efficiency of effective asset management in the water industry
    British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA): Digital Initiative of the Year


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