Working toward sustainable development requires careful balancing of the past, present and future. Water is a crucial element of the SDGs, because each intervention in the water system will have either a positive or negative impact on other parts of the system and on other goals. Water connects: literally and figuratively. Working toward sustainable water (and) heritage management is urgent and can greatly contribute to other important goals. In designing a solution for the future, it is necessary to consider not only technical, but also behavioral and cultural perspectives in a comprehensive approach. This article explains the urgency and importance of working through the lens of the SDGs as an encompassing framework.