Special Issue "Rainwater Management in Urban Areas"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Helmreich
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Urban Water Systems Engineering, Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Am Coulombwall 3, 85748 Garching, Germany
Tel. +49-89-289-13719; Fax: +49-89-289-13718
Interests: monitoring of stormwater runoff pollutants (organic and inorganic); development and evaluation of treatment systems for stormwater runoff of traffic areas and roofs; rainwater harvesting systems; stormwater management
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Dear Colleagues,

Rising levels of impervious surfaces as well as new circumstances such as heavy rain events or dry weather periods provide us with new challenges for sustainable stormwater management in urban areas. Best management practices are widely applied to reduce the quantity and to improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Especially, a variety of decentralized treatment facilities have been developed as a supplement to conventional sewer systems. Currently, research is ongoing on the performance and operation of such facilities. Additionally, the sustainability regarding natural water balance and the impact on the environment are under consideration.

This Special Issue of Water will focus on the sustainability and environmental effects of stormwater management in urban areas (quantity and quality). The Special Issue will consider:

  • Monitoring of stormwater runoff quality including new parameters;
  • Hydrological models for stormwater runoff in urban catchments;
  • Build-up and wash-off models for pollutants from impervious surfaces;
  • Lab-scale, pilot-scale, and long-term experience with decentralized treatment systems;
  • Testing procedures and protocols for stormwater treatment systems;
  • Legal and practical opportunities to avoid or minimize the risks of groundwater and surface water contamination;
  • Impact of decentralized stormwater management on existing sewer systems;
  • Testing procedures and protocols for stormwater treatment systems.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Helmreich
Guest Editor

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  • urban stormwater runoff
  • runoff pollution
  • decentralized treatment
  • centralized treatment
  • stormwater runoff models
  • build-up and wash-off models
  • environmental risk assessment

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Effect of Urban Stormwater Road Runoff of Different Land Use Types on an Urban River in Shenzhen, China
Water 2019, 11(12), 2545; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11122545 - 02 Dec 2019
Urban storm runoff is a major source of pollutants in receiving water bodies. To assess the impact of urban stormwater runoff on an urban river, the runoff process of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonium (NH4), and total [...] Read more.
Urban storm runoff is a major source of pollutants in receiving water bodies. To assess the impact of urban stormwater runoff on an urban river, the runoff process of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demand (COD), ammonium (NH4), and total phosphorus (TP) were investigated on road surfaces classified as arterial road (AR), residential area (RA), and industrial area (IA) in the Pingshan River (PSR) watershed in Shenzhen, China. Event mean concentration (EMC) was calculated to analyze the water quality of road runoff, and the dimensionless M(V) cumulative curves were used to estimate the course of decreasing concentration of runoff pollutants during each rainfall event. Multicriteria decision making methods (PROMETHEE-GAIA) were used to identify the linkage between runoff pollutants, land use types, and rainfall intensity. The EMCs of COD and TP in runoff exceeded the class IV level of the water quality standard for surface water (China). RA was a major potential source for NH4, COD, and TP in the river. Controlling the first flush is critical to decrease the effect of road runoff on receiving water bodies, as most runoff pollutants in AR, RA, and IA had a first flush effect during heavy rainfall. The specific management measure for runoff pollution varied with land use type. Reducing road TSS concentrations was effective for controlling runoff pollution in AR and RA because NH4, TP, and COD attached to particulate matter. In IA, the collection and reuse of stormwater in the initial rainfall period were effective for reducing the effect of soluble pollutants in runoff on receiving water bodies. This study provides new information for managing urban road stormwater runoff in different land use types. Full article
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