URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE: TOWARDS INNOVATIVE DECENTRALIZED URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT

Abstract: 

Increasing urban water demand, and requirements for levels of service, coupled with uncertain water availability leads to water scarcity situations, especially in the Southern EU and Mediterranean countries. This mismatch between supply and demand is usually met with increasingly sophisticated and energy consuming infrastructures and often requires the transport of water from remote catchments, with severe disruption of local ecosystems. Hydropolis will tackle these problems by identifying, analysing, modelling and testing decentralized solutions that will make maximum use of local sources and sinks of water, i.e rain harvesting, grey water recycling, local ground disposal, while at the same time integrating these principles to new town planning and urban growth designs.

The project comprises of 8WPs:

  1. WP1 is project management ensuring timely delivery of results.
  2. WP2 investigates new distributed technologies, using existing pilot applications to learn how the systems perform and develops a technology database.
  3. WP3 creates a modelling tool for total water cycle that can use the technology database to propose optimal technology configurations.
  4. WP4 investigates the socio-economic context and prerequisites for the application of such technologies while
  5. WP5 develops modelling tools that can generate scenarios of urban developments with different socio-economic characteristics.
  6. WP6 integrates the technology selection tool and the urban development tool, to look into interactions between development characteristics and distributed water management technologies.
  7. WP7 examines issues of managing and controlling the distributed infrastructure as this is expected to emerge as an important issue should such technologies be actually applied.
  8. Finally, WP8 focuses on disseminating the results in appropriate audiences.

Hydropolis will provide tested, decentralized and distributed solutions that will drastically decrease their water footprint.

Project info

Acronym:
HYDROPOLIS
Scientific Coordinator:
Katsiri Alexandra
Research Team 2 Leader:
Makropoulos Christos
Research Team 3 Leader:
Skagiannis Pantelis
Research Team 4 Leader:
Manios Thrassyvoulos

Stats

I.D.:
1272
Mis:
380040
Duration (months):
45
Budget:
599 400.00

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