Water is essential to life and seemingly abundant and well-managed. Yet actually, our changing world is showing us the limitations of these assumptions. Ever more, we are beginning to realise that water, which serves us and our planet in so many ways, is highly underappreciated. That the importance of water, from many different perspectives, is not valued by all. Researchers and academics cooperating in the Sustainable Water Management programme aim to improve the quality of life by optimising water management for a clean, safe and healthy living environment.