Global consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Shanghai Water Authority in China to provide technical support for the third phase of the city’s Urban Environment Project.

Funded by the World Bank, the Shanghai Urban Environment Project aims to improve the water supply quality and levels across the network, helping China’s economy to grow in an environmentally and institutionally sustainable manner.

Mott MacDonald will provide technical expertise to develop a thorough study of the Shanghai water sector. This will involve assessing and developing the authority’s water demand management regulations, promoting a public education and awareness programme, studying water lost before it reaches the customer, demanding profile management and enhancing a water reclamation programme to make productive use of wastewater.

The consultancy will also carry out a water supply risk assessment to improve water provision security. This will include a water resources strategic planning study, a vulnerability assessment for water utility companies and emergency planning training for water utility staff.

Paul Lengthorn, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “Following our studies and findings we will propose the policy, measures and suggestions necessary for the sustainable development of Shanghai’s water resource utilisation.”

Shanghai’s main source of water is from the Huangpu River which runs through a number of administrative provinces before reaching the city. The Shanghai Water Authority measures water quality and identifies contamination in the river before it enters the water system via a city-wide monitoring network and control centre.

Mott MacDonald previously worked on the first two phases of the project which involved the initial set-up of the central water control centre.