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Challenges in water and wastewater transport systems in cold regions
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9541-3542
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water. SP Urban Water Management.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Architecture and Water.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: Water and wastewater management – challenges in cold climate / [ed] Harsha Ratnaweera, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The water and wastewater transport systems faces severe challenges due to climate change, resource constrain and an aging infrastructure. In cold regions the challenges are also related to general conditions societies have in common, e.g. sparsely populated, depopulation, long distances between populated areas and difficulties with recruiting right competence, beside the influence of the harsh climate on the technical system. In Sweden, municipal water services are financed by fees paid by the water utility users in a specific municipality. This means that water utilities in sparsely populated cold regions with on-going depopulation have limited economical resources to operate and maintain the transport and treatment systems for water and wastewater. The objectives of this paper are to illustrate the challenges for managing the transport system by comparing benchmark values for municipalities in cold regions with the Swedish averages, suggest possible measures to meet the challenges and give examples of on-going research in Stormwater&Sewers related to these questions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
sewers, water distribution pipes, management, aging infrastructure
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Water Engineering
Research subject
Urban Water Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-60522DiVA: diva2:1047491
Conference
WMCC 2016 Water and wastewater management – challenges in cold climate 25-27 June 2016, Spitsbergen
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Storm&Sewers
Available from: 2016-11-17 Created: 2016-11-17 Last updated: 2016-11-29Bibliographically approved

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