Water as Leverage

Transforming our relationship with water

As far as climate change goes, water security is amongst the most critical issues we face. Water as Leverage see things differently. Where others see danger, they see opportunity. They want to transform our relationship with water, and at the same time build communities that are healthier and more prosperous than ever before.
Countries worked in
India, Bangladesh, Indonesia
Video, Brochure, Online Seminar

A prosperous, water-powered future.


Convince policy makers to invest in water by selling the long-term benefits to urban communities’ health and prosperity.

Makmende approach

Who better to tell this story than members of those communities. Using our network, we found 3 local ‘water heroes’ in Semerang (Indonesia), Chennai (India) and Khulna (Bangladesh). As both locals and water experts, they could guide us around their cities, painting a vivid picture of the transformations promised by a more positive approach to water.


Our five minute film was shown at COP26 in Glasgow, and opened a panel discussion which we produced for World Water Week 2021, reaching those with the power to decide the future of water.

Working towards these SDG’s

Sustainable cities and communities SDG
Climate action SDG