POWER project

An EU funded project to work on aspects of water conservation, water quality and flood control.

POWER (Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges) is a four year Horizon2020 funded project.  The project started in December 2015 and will run until the end of November 2019.  The focus of the project is sustainable use of water and adapting to a growing population and climate change trends.

The POWER project has De Montfort University as the project co-ordinator and Milton Keynes is one of four pilot cities in the project.  The project is financed by the European Commission under the Call H2020-ICT10-2015 - RIA Action, Topic c) Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

Aims of the POWER Project

The project's aim is to set up a direct participatory process by combining evidence gathered from stakeholders with real environment monitoring data.  This will be achieved by facilitating the sharing of progress, knowledge, opinions and best practices in an open consultation through the implementation of a new Digital Social Platform.  This will enable the mobilisation of social actions to respond to climate change with local strategies.

The actions of the POWER project will enable:

  • The development of more effective local policies and climate change governance
  • Citizens to self-regulate and make informed decisions as consumers
  • Local communities of citizens to learn new practices, create new capacities and develop local strategies in response to climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Environmental knowledge to be collectively adopted
  • Social innovation by the ‘network effect’ the generation of a POWER model.

Social innovation model

The POWER social innovation model addresses four priorities through application scenarios in the key demonstration cities:

1. Reduction of water consumption – Milton Keynes

2. Water quality - Sabadell

3. Extreme weather events (surface water flood risk) - Leicester

4. Variables related to water conservation - Jerusalem

The POWER Digital Social Platform enables an integrated approach, which will enhance the potential for comparison and benchmarking of all cities involved.  Other follower cities will contribute their knowledge and experience.  POWER has over 50 of these follower cities and more are expected to join as the project progresses.

Members of EIP Water Action Group, City Blueprints and NETWERC H2O will be also be involved once the Digital Social Platform is brought into the public domain.


Workshops have been held in Milton Keynes in 2016, 2017 and 2018. These have been well attended and progress has been made on

understanding the concerns and attitudes of MK citizens regarding water and identifying the barriers to water conservation.


The Milton Keynes website is Milton keynes water Community. Here you will find opportunities to attend future events, take part in competitions, share information and learn more about what citizens consider to be important to Milton Keynes, Europe and world-wide.

You can follow this link to the POWER website

December 2019 update

The POWER project ended on 30th November 2019 but the MK web pages and the water saving work will continue.

If you would like more information please email carbon@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Last Updated: 10 July 2020