WEDC The John Pickford Building
Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU UK
+44 (0)1509 222885

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

The SWITCH Project

WEDC staff involved

  • Mr Ian Smout – Member of SWITCH Management Team and leading WEDC's participation in the consortium, on water demand management and dissemination of project findings
  • Dr Julie Fisher – Research dissemination strategy and monitoring, preparation of dissemination material
  • Dr Sam Kayaga – Leading work package on water demand management
  • Cath O'Connell – Website and database design and management

Specific location

Zaragoza, Alexandria and other cities


SWITCH is a €22 million 5-year integrated project to develop innovative and sustainable water management approaches for the city of the future, with learning alliances and demonstration activities in 12 urban centres in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

SWITCH is the European Commission's largest Framework 6 project related to the water sector and has 32 partners from 13 countries, undertaking 22 work packages.

Services provided by WEDC included:

  • Leading Work Package 3.1 on Water Demand Management, with partners from Netherlands, Spain and Egypt. The work package includes developing and testing holistic demand management tools and training material, encompassing commercial and physical aspects, with the aim of reducing water losses. Close links have been established with relevant Task Forces of the International Water Association. Planning of action research and demonstration activity in Zaragoza, Spain, with Zaragoza City Council. Training on Water Demand Management was delivered in Alexandria, Egypt during 2007/08 and support is being provided for development of a strategic plan for integrated urban water resource management in Alexandria. Deliverables include case studies, workshops, publications and training material. Annual project reporting and planning to FP6 requirements.
  • Leading dissemination activities. Responsible for dissemination activities in Work Package 0.2 (Dissemination and Training), including preparation of dissemination strategy and plan, co-ordination of dissemination by all consortium members, direct preparation of material and dissemination activities, monitoring and evaluation of dissemination.
  • Consortium activity. Annual project reporting and planning on dissemination to FP6 requirements and participation in Consortium Meetings in Delft, Hamburg, Birmingham, Tel Aviv and Belo Horizonte. Ian Smout elected chair of the SWITCH General Assembly of all Consortium members (2006-2008), chair of the Dissemination and Exploitation Committee and member of Management Team (2008 onwards).

Project website

European Union – DG Research (Framework 6)

Spain, Egypt, others

Start date:
February 2006

End date:
January 2011


Contact us

For enquiries about WEDC, email:

Postal address:
The John Pickford Building
Loughborough University
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
United Kingdom

t: +44 (0)1509 222885
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