Protecting Baltic Sea from untreated wastewater spillages during flood events in urban areas
Interreg Baltic Sea Region NOAH
Better urban planning, better control of the urban drainage system,
shared knowledge in the Baltic Sea region.
Current news & events
Taking control of the Urban Drainage System– 10/2019
Press release 02/2019 in English:
Flood control in Baltic Sea cities provides tools for cleaner Baltic Sea
Video by Slupsk Water Supply depicting the effects of climate change and giving an insight into the aims and actions of NOAH:
NOAH on social media
More about NOAH
Floods causing inflows of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
Effective control of the stormwaters in urban areas is one of the biggest environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea region as climate change brings along intense rainfalls and storms. Urban drainage systems are not capable to handle the floods, which rises the risk of flushing untreated wastewater from urban drainage systems into the nature. This is harmful to people and environment due to the excessive amount of nutrients, hazardous substances and pathogenic microbes in wastewater.
Holistic planning and smart drainage systems
Urban areas can be prepared for floods by improved planning and self-adaptive drainage operations. NOAH project brings together nine towns and water utilities, seven academic and research institutions and two umbrella organisations from six countries around the Baltic Sea to join their forces.
NOAH’s approach is to create a concept for holistic planning and implement smart drainage systems in real urban environments. Holistic solutions combine stormwater management with spatial planning. This is followed by development of smart drainage systems to make the existing facilities resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea
The NOAH concept will be easily scalable to any urban area around the Baltic Sea. Implementation of the concept could cut up to half of the inflow of pollutants into the Baltic Sea. The activities will be anchored into daily practices of towns and water utilities, leading to healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea!
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