Urban water management becomes progressively more challenging in the view of population growth and increasing complexity of water management infrastructure. In this line, there is an ever increase demand from the water providers’ and public authorities’ perspective to critically evaluate the existing water ecosystems at city level in respect to the water supply, waste water treatment, reuse potential and the effect the growing population has on the water ecosystem and endangered species. To enable effective decision making at the entire city level, both surface water and groundwater should be viewed as part of the overall urban water ecosystem with its spatio-temporal availability, quantity and quality and competing uses being taken into account.
The Water4Cities project will rely on sensor technologies, data and visual analytics to enable localization, visualization and analysis of urban water (both surface water and groundwater) at a holistic urban setting providing services to multiple water stakeholders. More specifically, the Water4Cities project aims to develop the necessary models and associated platform that will enable water providers and relevant stakeholders to a) monitor in real-time the urban water resources; b) support their decisions for optimal urban water management causing minimal environmental impact and c) involve policy makers, corporations and the public to provide the support for sound and balanced decision-making.
NEWS ABOUT THE PROJECT
The paper by authors Klemen Kenda, Jože Peternelj, Dimitris Kofinas, Nikos Mellios, Matej Čerin, Jože Rožanec was published in the Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA.
In its final year, the Water4Cities H2020 project focuses on finalizing the integrated platform for holistic urban water management and Institut Jožef Stefan is working on decision support tool while integrating the monitoring, visualization services for smart urban water management.
Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of the H2020 EU project Water4Cities staff exchanges among different partners are highly encouraged. Close collaborations of researchers in different research areas enable partners to discuss current issues and seek optimal solutions for urban water management infrastructure more efficiently.
In scope of the Water4Cities project we together with AiLab have been working on integrating data to develop the necessary models and associated platform that will enable water providers and relevant stakeholders to monitor in real-time the urban water resources.
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