Hull Water Resilience Profile (CWRA)



Published: November 2021

This content was originally published on The Resilience Shift website. The Resilience Shift, a 5-year programme supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and hosted by Arup, transitioned at the end of 2021 to become Resilience Rising. You can read more about The Resilience Shift’s journey and the transition to Resilience Rising here.

The City Water Resilience Approach (CWRA) provides a model for urban water resilience based on consultation with over 700 individual stakeholders and field work in eight cities around the world, including Hull. The CWRA recognizes that shocks and stresses on the water system can have cascading impacts on a range of other city systems. An approach has been developed that considers water within the wider context of urban resilience, and that engages with the diverse stakeholders involved across Hull, Haltemprice and the wider catchment.

Living with Water (LWW), Hull and East Riding is a unique partnership between the Environment Agency, Hull City Council, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull. For more information visit As part of their ambitious programme to address water resilience, LWW have been actively involved in development and application of the CWRA, beginning with fieldwork and engagement with over 150 stakeholders during 2018. This report summarises the outputs from Step 2 of the CWRA process undertaken with LWW during 2020. The outputs from Step 2 comprise a Water Resilience Profile that is built up through four steps, which are reflected in the structure of this report.

The Hull Water Resilience Profile represents an opportunity to continue regional efforts to build resilience capacity and explore strategies, through multiple lenses, to improve the water security of the region. The actions identified provide a foundational architecture upon which stakeholders can build upon by means of policies, projects, and continued coordinated work. The insights generated from this approach will ultimately help to protect the lives and health and well-being of the region’s inhabitants and environmental assets.

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