Resilience of the Water Sector

Resilience is a strong emerging theme within the water sector.  From long term water resource availability and water quality impacts of droughts, to the need for resilience against disruptive events with little or no warning such as floods and earthquakes, these events not only disrupt water sector infrastructure and operations, they can also affect other infrastructure that a reliable water sector depends on. This includes electrical power supplies, telecommunications, and transportation as well as disruption to the supply chain and workforce. The effects of such events can be long lasting and far-reaching, impacting customers, the environment, and business performance. Ultimately, resilience is a significant business risk management as well as an infrastructure planning issue. This joint conference has explored ways in which the sector in its broadest terms is developing resilient systems, assets, and operations so that business continuity risk is well managed in the face of adverse conditions. 

Proceedings Paper of the Conference "Resilience in the Water Sector"

Conference Proceedings (14.8 MB)


Session 1: Social, Economical and Human Challenges for a Resilient Water and Wastewater Sector

Keynote: Resilience Learning for Water Sector Culture Change

Kate Baker, University of Exeter (1.4 MB)

Cost Benefit Analysis for Water Network Resilience Assessment

Dr. Caty Werey, IRSTEA/ UMR/ GESTE/ ENGEES, France (1.2 MB)

Support in Formulating Sewage BCP and Training for Small and Medium Local Public Organisations

Manato Yamaguchi, Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology, Japan (1.2 MB)

Solidarity in the Water Services; Economical Rationalities, Social Determinations

Károly Kovács, Hungarian Water Association, Hungary (1.5 MB)

Session 2: Infrastructure Management - Optimization, Rehabilitation and Retrofit for Resilience

Keynote: Research Towards a Long-Term Restoration Plan for Sewage Pipes

Hiroaki Nishisaka, Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology (1.2 MB)

The Need to Speed up Rehabilitation Rate of Water and Wastewater Systems

Pekka E. Pietilä, Tampere University of Technology, Finland (3.0 MB)

Financial Optimisation of Condition Assessment Spending for Pipeline Replacement Programs

Gerard M. Hientzsch, Echologics, Canada (850.8 kB)

Session 3: Water and Wastewater Resilience to Geo-Environmental Hazards

Keynote: An all Hazards Approach to Building Resilience

Lisa McFadden (WEF) Jonathan Reeves (DC Water) (2.8 MB)

A New Sustainable River Management Approach for Improved Asset Resilience in a Water Utilites Company

Alison Flynn (Jacobs) UK, Matthew Buckley (United Utilities) US (1.1 MB)

Restoration of Sendai Sewerage Service From the Great East Japan Earthquake and Disaster-Prevention Measures for the Future

Kimimasa Kato, City of Sendai, Japan (1.4 MB)

Building and Utilizing the Wastewater Treatment Plant Network in Kobe City

Hidenobu Wakimoto, City of Kobe, Japan (1.3 MB)

Session 4: Urban Flooding and Climate Change - Smart Strategies and Responses

Keynote: Climate Change and Water Resources; Call for Smart Climate Adaptation Strategies and Innovations

Patrik Willems, University Leuwen, Belgium (7.1 MB)

Evaluating City Resilience and Services Cascade Effects in Flooding Scenarios

Filipa Ferreira, University of Lisbon (2.3 MB)

Floods and Storm Water - Are You Prepared? - DWA Audit

Friedrich Hetzel, DWA, Germany (1.6 MB)

How Can We Build Reliable and Resilient Surface Water Flood Management?

James Webber, University of Exeter, UK (1.4 MB)

Demonstration Study on Using Stormwater Management Technology to Mitigate Flood Damage from Heavy Rainfall in Urban Areas

R. Matsuoka/ Y. Odake, METAWATER & Co., Japan (937.5 kB)

Making Cologne more Resilient Against Urban Flash Floods

Marc Daniel Heintz, Municipal Drainage Operations Cologne, Germany (1.2 MB)

Session 5: National and City Approaches for Water and Wastewater Resilience

Seismic Retrofitting Measures for Sewerage Structures in Tokyo

Chizuru Tanaka, Bureau of Sewerage, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan (1.1 MB)

Integrated Resiliency Planning - City to City Cooperation on Evaluation of Flood Risk and Co-benefits from Mitigation Measures

René Hoeijmakers, Ramboll, Denmark (3.3 MB)

Comparing the Vulnabilities of Semi-Centralised and Centralised Urban Water Systems in the Case of Qingdao, China

Martin Zimmermann, SOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research GmbH, Germany (1.8 MB)

Session 6: Resilience Planning - Strategic, Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response

Keynote: Optimization Method for Sustainable Wastewater Treatment Systems in the Population Declining Society

Takeshi Ishikawa, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILM), Japan (1.3 MB)

Resilience Adaptation Pathways for Near-Term and Long-Term Management of Urban Wastewater Systems

Seyed Sadr, University of Exeter, UK (4.2 MB)

Conversion of Sewage Sludge into Solid Fuel project in the City of Osaka - For Creation of a Recycling-Oriented Society and Prevention of Global Warning

Tsuyoshi Sanjo, Osaka City, Japan (1.7 MB)