Special Issue "Drainage and Sewer Networks"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2020) | Viewed by 251

Special Issue Editors

1. Emeritus Professor of Urban Water, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
2. Director, EcoFutures Ltd., UK
3. Adjunct Professor, Lulea Technical University, Lulea, Sweden
Interests: urban drainage; sustainability; economics; green infrastructure; integrated water management
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Department of Water Management, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Interests: rainfall and parametric conditions; urban water quality simulators; sewer systems; water quality monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Traditional drainage and sewerage have served developed societies for millennia in maintaining public health, welfare and security. Yet, newly realised problems are challenging the efficacy of using the carbon-hungry, resource intensive and single solution infrastructure that traditional drainage and sewerage systems are comprised of. Growing knowledge about the climate and other impacts from using traditional systems, are coupled with the understanding that instead we need to use multifunctional infrastructure comprising more nature-based (e.g. blue-green infrastructure, BGI) systems. These can provide significant added benefits, together with lesser impacts. However, there are several difficulties with switching from structurally based drainage systems to those more sympathetic to nature. For example: (a) the design standards and performance of the various systems differ, as most traditional infrastructure provides only a single function compared with BGI’s multiple functioning; (b) BGI typically take up land space as these are mainly surface based systems, unlike buried piped systems, and hence may represent a more significant opportunity-loss; (c) there is a lack of experience with BGI systems compared with traditional systems, especially for long term functioning, asset management and maintenance needs, and cost data are often uncertain; (d) there is a lack of clarity about responsibilities in the longer term, especially for BGI; (e) databases for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are well developed for traditional infrastructure systems but not for BGI, and the functional units used for the assessments will also differ; (f) there are no standard metrics for assessing the various aspects and value of the multi-functions of BGI systems. These, and other factors make the direct comparison of the relative benefits of using a traditional infrastructure option with a BGI option problematic. Hence, many professionals find it difficult to accept the perceived added risks inherent in using nature-based systems instead of traditional.

This special edition is looking for papers that address this new perspective, but also papers that demonstrate where there is still a need to use traditional drainage and sewerage systems for one reason or another. Although papers on computational modelling are acceptable, this special edition is more interested in the practical applications in terms of asset management, changes in practice, governance and community implications, where community includes professionals as well as local people.

Prof. Dr. Richard M. Ashley
Dr. Jeroen G. Langeveld
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Drainage
  • Sewers
  • Wastewater
  • Multiple benefits
  • Nature based
  • Economics
  • Sustainability
  • Community
  • Professional practice
  • Asset management

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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