The Future of Urban Infrastructure: Shining a Spotlight on the Issue of Sewer and Storm Water
Lying right under our feet, sewers and storm water solutions form the foundation of modern society’s infrastructure. But they have been left in the dark for too long, without receiving the recognition and attention they deserve. Now, they are ageing at a time when climate change is putting even more pressure on them through extreme rainfall.
The challenges we face
An ever-growing population and increased urbanisation is posing problems for existing infrastructure. Sewer systems are increasingly pressured absorbing more waste water and rain. With a projected 70% of us living in cities by 20501, it’s more important than ever to act now.
2. AN AGEING INFRASTRUCTURE
Sewers as we know them today were first established in Europe in the 19th century. Some networks are now around 100 years old and require extensive renovation to reduce leakage and avoid flooding. The European Commission has forecast that $200bn is needed to maintain and expand Europe’s ageing pipe networks until 20252.
3. A CHANGING CLIMATE
We’ve seen 30% heavier rainfall due to climate change3 in recent years. With growing urban populations, establishing viable storm water management solutions is vital to keeping cities running smoothly.
4. SHALLOW POCKETS
Between 1998 and 2009, flooding in Europe has cost a staggering $52bn4. Increased flooding in Europe affected more than 8.7 million people in the years 2000-2014. We must equip our cities with infrastructure able to absorb larger amounts of water.
At Wavin, we aim to firmly put the sewer and storm water challenges into the spotlight. Our aim is to address the infrastructural issues our society faces and discuss potential solutions so decision makers can make better informed choices.
Our aim is to work with stakeholders across the built environment and beyond to start real, meaningful conversations on the most important topics and cases – everything from better sewer performance and network design, to best practice storm water management. Developing future-proof solutions requires collaboration. Creating opportunity from the challenges ahead means we need lots of ideas and solutions – big and small.
Futurebuild is an event that provides the opportunity for experts to collect ideas and collaborate to help address these issues, across various sectors within the built environment. The issues facing urban infrastructure are great and many, but can be solved through a collaborative commitment to the future of our cities. We’re looking forward to meeting and creating joint action plans with like-minded industry leaders at the event.
To enquire about exhibiting opportunities at Futurebuild’s Urban Infrastructure Hub, visit: www.futurebuild.co.uk/exhibit
- European Commission
- EPA, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Bluefield Research