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Bi-annual CityNet press release 2nd issue December 2003

What is CityNet?
CityNet is a cluster of six ongoing projects funded by the European Commission under the 5th Community Research Programme, dealing with urban water issues, which includes 47 R&D institutions and 56 end-users across Europe.

Mutually beneficial input and output transfers between the six projects are for example:
infiltration of groundwater into sewers (APUSS) reduces water resources and influences wastewater streams, while exfiltration might be the cause of aquifer pollution (AISUWRS); all these may cause a reduction in the operational efficiency of wastewater treatment performance and pollution of receiving waters (CD4WC); similar impacts to the deterioration of wastewater treatment and receiving waters could be caused by inadequate stormwater management (DayWater). In conjunction with work on addressing these issues, improved approaches in strategic rehabilitation of urban water supply (CARE-W) as well as sewer systems (CARE-S) come to provide additional tools for maintaining crucial and desirable operational, environmental and social efficiency.

The cluster aims to:
- Understand, describe, analyse and provide decision support for a problem-oriented, cost-efficient, and sustainable urban water management in European cities, including their water resources, technical infrastructure and management challenges.

- Form a network of excellence and expertise bringing together the necessary critical mass of research excellence capable of contributing to the discussions and orientations on research needs in urban water management at European Union level, including governmental and administrative bodies.

- Link individual projects and integrated cluster activities to other ongoing European, international and national research projects.

- Position the partners & outcomes of the individual projects and the cluster for application and commercialisation in Europe and world wide.

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