Tuesday, November 5, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Location: Amsterdam RAI
Session: Implementation challenges: water utilities working on stormwater and wastewater resilience in cities

Theme: Blue-Green solutions for (urban) resilience

Organiser: Waternet Amsterdam

Other organisations: HOFOR Copenhagen (DK), NYC DEP New York (USA), Berliner Wasserbetriebe Berlin (DE)

Moderator: Paulien Hartog, Strategic advisor climate change adaptation Waternet Amsterdam (NL)

Worldwide water utilities have a key role in the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience in cities, combining innovative grey infrastructure with blue-green solutions. New challenges occur in managing this phase, including financing, monitoring and collaboration with other public services. Water utilities from Copenhagen (HOFOR), New York (NYC-DEP), Berlin (Berliner Wasserbetriebe) and Amsterdam (Waternet) share their major implementation obstacles and successes in this workshop and discuss tips and tricks with the public.

After a short plenary introduction about the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience in these cities and the role of water utilities, the moderator will introduce the challenges to discuss at each table and invite the public to join.

In two rounds of 25 minutes, the table hosts will lead the discussion about the challenges and share experiences worldwide. Each round concludes with a common challenge for potential further international collaboration, and some tips for many other implementation challenges.

In a short wrap up we will identify a shortlist of common challenges in the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience. These will be elaborated in the partner collaborations of these utilities in the coming year towards the IWA World Congress 2020 in Copenhagen.

Speakers/table hosts:

  1. Jakob Hjortskov Jensen, Head climate change adaptation planning and strategy, HOFOR Greater Copenhagen Utility (Denmark)

Jakob is implementing the famous Copenhagen Cloudburst Plan and will discuss at his table the major challenges with this for the utility.  

  1. Pam Elardo, Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment – NYC DEP New York (USA)

Pam’s department has implemented resilient solutions at several wastewater treatment plants in New York after hurricane Sandy. She will discuss major challenges for NYC DEP during this process.

  1. Daniel Goedbloed, Director Amsterdam Rainproof – Waternet Amsterdam (NL)

Daniel’s team is working together towards a Rainproof city in a network with many public and private stakeholders. He will discuss major challenges for Waternet in working in this new role.  

  1. Darla Nickel, Director Berlin Rainwater Agency – Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Deutschland)

Darla’s agency helps Berlin to use rainwater in an ecologically more sensible and climate-friendly way. She will discuss major challenges for Berliner Wasserbetriebe in this new agency.


Blue-green solutions for (urban) resilience
Workshop
Utilities
Cities

Location: Amsterdam RAI
Room: E107

Add to Agenda 05 November 2019 11:00 05 November 2019 12:15 Europe/Amsterdam Implementation challenges: water utilities working on stormwater and wastewater resilience in cities

Theme: Blue-Green solutions for (urban) resilience

Organiser: Waternet Amsterdam

Other organisations: HOFOR Copenhagen (DK), NYC DEP New York (USA), Berliner Wasserbetriebe Berlin (DE)

Moderator: Paulien Hartog, Strategic advisor climate change adaptation Waternet Amsterdam (NL)

Worldwide water utilities have a key role in the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience in cities, combining innovative grey infrastructure with blue-green solutions. New challenges occur in managing this phase, including financing, monitoring and collaboration with other public services. Water utilities from Copenhagen (HOFOR), New York (NYC-DEP), Berlin (Berliner Wasserbetriebe) and Amsterdam (Waternet) share their major implementation obstacles and successes in this workshop and discuss tips and tricks with the public.

After a short plenary introduction about the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience in these cities and the role of water utilities, the moderator will introduce the challenges to discuss at each table and invite the public to join.

In two rounds of 25 minutes, the table hosts will lead the discussion about the challenges and share experiences worldwide. Each round concludes with a common challenge for potential further international collaboration, and some tips for many other implementation challenges.

In a short wrap up we will identify a shortlist of common challenges in the implementation of stormwater and wastewater resilience. These will be elaborated in the partner collaborations of these utilities in the coming year towards the IWA World Congress 2020 in Copenhagen.

Speakers/table hosts:

  1. Jakob Hjortskov Jensen, Head climate change adaptation planning and strategy, HOFOR Greater Copenhagen Utility (Denmark)

Jakob is implementing the famous Copenhagen Cloudburst Plan and will discuss at his table the major challenges with this for the utility.  

  1. Pam Elardo, Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment – NYC DEP New York (USA)

Pam’s department has implemented resilient solutions at several wastewater treatment plants in New York after hurricane Sandy. She will discuss major challenges for NYC DEP during this process.

  1. Daniel Goedbloed, Director Amsterdam Rainproof – Waternet Amsterdam (NL)

Daniel’s team is working together towards a Rainproof city in a network with many public and private stakeholders. He will discuss major challenges for Waternet in working in this new role.  

  1. Darla Nickel, Director Berlin Rainwater Agency – Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Deutschland)

Darla’s agency helps Berlin to use rainwater in an ecologically more sensible and climate-friendly way. She will discuss major challenges for Berliner Wasserbetriebe in this new agency.

E107 - Amsterdam RAI