urban waters systems generally include both water supply & sanitation facilities (wss). sanitation refers to domestic and industrial sewage collecting and treatment; it does not include urban stormwater or solid waste management systems. urban water form components of a sustainable urban environment and the use of the integrated water resource management (iwrm) concepts are needed for planning, implementation and maintenance of urban infrastructure. in urban environment, iwrm is referred to specifically as integrated urban water management (iuwm). in this paper urban development and its relations with urban waters in brazil are assessed. management of water resources in brazil is developed by basins and the administration is federal or from the state. this article assess the alternatives of water management in the city and the basin in the brazilian institutional environment.