AQUALOGY PARTICIPATES IN THE EUROPEAN BINGO PROJECT, CONTRIBUTING ITS ADVANCED URBAN DRAINAGE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
11 June 2015
Aqualogy’s Urban Drainage Office (through its AIRCUD research centre) is beginning, together with CETaqua, Aigües de Barcelona, AMB and Badalona City Council, to participate in the European BINGO (Bringing INnovation to onGOing water management) research project under the H2020 call. The main objective of the project is to provide knowledge and solutions for complete water cycle managers in the face of the challenges arising from climate change, including advanced weather forecasting tools and resilience measures to manage the uncertainty associated with this phenomenon.
Aqualogy’s main contribution to this project, which will last four years, consists of an assessment of the impacts produced by flooding and combined sewer overflows (CSO) on the complete water cycle, especially on tourist and environmental uses of the receiving environments. The setting chosen for Aqualogy’s participation is the city of Badalona, the third most populated of Catalonia (220,000 inhabitants).
This location presents two main problems in relation to drainage. On the one hand, there is sudden urban flooding due to the steep slopes in the upper part and flat areas in the lower part. On the other hand, there are combined sewer overflows during episodes of average and high-intensity rainfall all along its 5 km of beaches, which cause an important impact on the quality of bathing water and on tourism, and even affect local fishing activities.
The project will focus on improving the resilience by means of advanced urban drainage management, using various innovative tools, such as for example detailed 1D-2D modelling to assess the problems of flooding (danger and risk to people and vehicles together with economic losses), analysis of the influence of climate change on overflow channels to the sea or the development of a comprehensive early warning system for rainfall, flooding and discharges. Aqualogy’s collaboration with the different technical and administrative bodies in the sphere of Badalona will make it possible to determine the needs to implement effective and realistic mitigation measures in the face of climate change. In addition to Aqualogy, the BINGO project, led by the Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil de Portugal (LNEC), includes the participation of a consortium formed by about 20 members, including research centres from the North and South of Europe, companies and local authorities.