Water Cycle Management For New Developments: WaND (2003-2007)

Funding body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) "Towards a Sustainable Urban Environment" Programme (2003-2006)

A new EPSRC and industry funded L2.5M project has recently been announced under the Sustainable Urban Environment initiative. The aim of the project is to support the delivery of integrated, sustainable water management for new developments by provision of tools and guidelines for project design, implementation and management.

The project will be coordinated by Professor David Butler and will include substantial input from the universities of Bradford, Cranfield, Exeter, Leeds, Sheffield and Wales (Aberystwyth) plus Imperial College London, CEH and HR Wallingford. Industrial support is widespread across the water sector including contributions from water companies, regulators, consultants and others.

Work packages will focus on technical aspects of the water cycle (water supply, wastewater collection, storm drainage/SUDS), including demand forecasting and recycling. In addition, there will also be work packages dealing with social, planning, economic and health issues.

The project will concentrate on the management of the water cycle as delivered at the local level in new developments. A number of case study sites, at various states of completion, will be studied. We are currently looking for sites with an emphasis on those where there is local/professional interest and access to data.

The Centre for Water System will contribute to the project by developing a Decision Support Workbench (Generator) to facilitate the rapid development of Decision Support System (DSS) applications. Custom DSS implementations may then be generated through an extensible, interactive environment featuring "drag and drop" object-oriented components and dynamic connections between them. A number of components for the workbench will be derived from new and existing tools for integrated modelling, spatial visualization and advanced decision support.

The project began formally on 1st April 2003 and will last for 4 years.

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