Urban waterways are water bodies in an urban environment – either naturally occurring or deliberately designed and constructed as part of a drainage system. By channelling stormwater rapidly to a common outlet such as rivers, lakes, or bays, urban waterways play an important role in reducing flooding in the cities. Continue reading “Mitigating the effects of urbanisation on freshwater quality”
With frequently changing climatic conditions, decision makers are facing the challenge of protecting human lives and precious assets against flooding from rivers, the sea and storm surges in urban areas along coasts.
Fortunately, web-based services and solutions can support decision makers in their response to the comprehensive challenge posed by coastal flooding. Continue reading “Why web-based solutions are key for grasping the challenge of coastal flooding”
In this new age of ‘green urbanism’, innovative urban planning often includes thoughtful green solutions that bring benefit both to the community and environment.
While it is true that urban planning is more than good physical design, one can’t deny the fact that sustainable design considerations – right from the early planning phase – would lead to successful final design and construction that can significantly influence our quality of life in the cities.
Continue reading “Shaping the future of our cities with sustainable urban drainage systems”
Throughout the last couple of decades, exponentially increasing computing power and swiftly improving machine learning algorithms to analyse collected data have transformed several aspects of business operations. As a result, these types of pioneering technology trends are predicted to continue to grow and impact many different sectors across a wide range of industries. Continue reading “How machine learning can help fuel decisions in flood management”
Urban stormwater runoff is rainwater or snowmelt runoff that runs off the pavement, parking lots, rooftops and other impermeable surfaces in the cities. As the runoff travels to the lowest elevation, it carries with it dirt, trash, toxins and various pollutants – all the way into streams, lakes, rivers, estuaries, or oceans. This polluted runoff affects the water quality in the receiving bodies and causes significant damage to ecosystems. Continue reading “How to manage urban stormwater quality in three steps”
According to the Water and Wastewater Systems Sector analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are 16,000 municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the US. Additionally, there are another 18,000 WWTPs in Europe according to EurEau. Continue reading “The one tip for an efficient wastewater treatment plant: Go digital”
Ecosystem services are defined as services provided by nature to humans. This straightforward definition suggests a passive role for humans as receivers of the outputs of nature. However, there is also an active role for people to play in providing these services. Continue reading “How can humans contribute to ecosystem services?”
With rapid urban population growth, water utilities worldwide are more than ever facing pressing challenges to preserve the hydraulic perfomance and water quality of already strained water distribution networks and infrastructure. Continue reading “How real-time modelling supports a proactive water network operation”
Digitalisation is a term and process that is frequently stumbled upon in business settings. At its core, one could argue that digitalisation refers to the use of digital technologies to provide new valuable and important opportunities. But how does digitalisation play a role in the operation of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)? Which positive impacts can digitalisation have on the Water Industry? Continue reading “Wastewater treatment: How can Digital Twin modelling play a crucial role in WWTP operations?”
Today, cities all over the world are dealing with a range of global pressures, such as rapid urban growth, severe climate changes and aging infrastructure to provide safe and resilient water supply, collect sewage, secure a minimum spill of untreated water and reduce risks of flooding. Because of these challenges, cities experience difficulties in finding efficient and sustainable ways to manage water. Continue reading “Why an integrated approach is the key to unlocking value in urban water management”