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Case study cities background reports & software codes

The background case study cities reports are developed as the first work package within the AISUWRS project, which aims to assess and improve the sustainability of urban water resources and systems with the help of computer tools.

The overall scope of the project is to develop an innovative system to quantify and manage the problems from sustainable urban water systems and to assess the impact of pollution on the urban groundwater resources. Therefore, four case study cities with different hydrogeological and hydro-logical settings in Germany (Rastatt), England (Doncaster), Slovenia (Ljubljana) and Australia (Mt. Gambier) have been selected due to their significantly different approaches to the management of the existing urban water systems. This background study compiles data about the urban water and groundwater systems in Rastatt and aims to identify the principal problems the urban water management is facing.

The studies contain a detailed description of the economic and demographic profile of the different cities as well as information on the geological and hydrological setting and the aquifer vulnerability. An overview of the city’s water infrastructure are provided together with data about groundwater quality and a short description of existing numerical groundwater models is given.

The overall work program of AISUWRS is based upon the development of a number of models that will allow prediction of the effects of urban infrastructure on ground water contamination. Six models are currently developed:
- UVQ model.
- Pipeline leakage model.
- Unsaturated flow model (UFM) to predict water transport to the aquifer.
- Unsaturated transport model (UTM) to predict the transport of contaminants to the aquifer.
- Groundwater flow and transport model to predict transport within the aquifer.
- DSS to compare the costs of infrastructure rehabilitation with the costs of aquifer contamination.

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Department of Applied Geology, Karlsruhe University
Kaiserstr. 12
76128 Karlsruhe
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