Care-S is a major 3 year project involving research institutes and Water Utilities from 8 European countries. A suite of tools is being developed to provide cost efficient maintenance and repair of sewerage networks.
Organisations collaborating in the work include: WRc, UK; LNEC, Portugal; Aalborg University, Denmark; Bologna University, Palermo University and Ferrara, Italy; Clabsa Barcelona, Spain; Cemagref and Engees, France; TUD, Germany; SINTEF and NTNU, Norway; Brno, Czech Republic and Budpest University, Hungary.
A number of problems face todays sewerage undertaker such as: ageing; structural failures; inflow/infiltration and insufficient capacity. These can lead to flooding, pollution of urban water courses/groundwater and result in treatment plant impacts with increasing maintenance costs.
Planners must answer the questions of where, when and how to rehabilitate their sewerage networks and must decide whether the economic arguments favour low cost short-term solutions above more expensive long-term ones.
Care-S will provide a generic suite of tools for answering these questions. They will be integrated to form a decision support system applicable to local conditions.
- Integrated Europe-wide approach to sewerage network asset management
- Definitions of "lead" and "lag" key performance indicators (KPIs) for rehabilitation planning and capital maintenance, (a year 1 output)
- Development of deterioration factors for sewerage cohorts
- First-hand knowledge of emerging European approaches and investment models
- Networking opportunities and subsidised buy-in to a major project.