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Water-Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems


The Centre for Water Systems (CWS), University of Exeter, and the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, organised a Workshop on Water-Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems in Xi’an, China, during 11th and 13th September 2018.

The workshop, organised by Prof. Guangtao Fu (University of Exeter) and Prof. Xiaochang Wang (Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology), is jointly funded by the British Council, National Natural Science Foundation of China and the BRIM project. The workshop was aimed at early career researchers from the two countries to enable networking and sharing of research findings, focusing on new methods and emerging technologies that can be used for design, planning and management of water-wise cities. Three world-leading researchers delivered keynote talks and acted as mentors for early career researchers:

  • Professor David Butler FREng, Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter,
  • Professor Nanqi Ren, Academician, Harbin Institute of Technology, and
  • Professor Qiang He, Chongqing University.

Mr Paul Reiter, a former Executive Director of the International Water Association (IWA), also gave a keynote and participated the workshop.

This workshop provided a platform for participants to discuss critical challenges and opportunities moving towards smart water systems and water-wise cities. Over 40 academics and researchers from many UK and China institutions including South China University of Science and Technology, Chongqing University, Harbin Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Sheffield University, Newcastle University, Durham University, Conventry University, Cranfield University and Bath University attended the workshop and shared state-of-the-art research in novel technologies, concepts, tools for building smart water systems and cities.

The CWS members (Prof. David Buter, Prof. Guangtao Fu, Dr. Xu Wang, Dr. Chris Sweetapple, Dr. Peter Melville-Shreeve, Dr. Kate Baker, Dr. Fanlin Meng) presented the key outcomes from a number of previous and ongoing projects, including the EU FP7 SANITAS project, Safe &SuRe, BRIM, TWENTY 65, and Royal Society Newton International Fellowship and Industry Fellowship.


Day 1 (11th Sep, 2018)

09:00-10:00     Opening Ceremony

10:00-10:45     Keynote: Concept of Sponge City Construction (Prof. Nanqi Ren, Harbin Institute of Technology, China)

10:45-11:30     Keynote: Sustainable and resilient water infrastructure: The Safe & SuRe Project (Prof. David Butler, University of Exeter, UK)

11:30-12:00     Discussion (Coordinator: Prof. Xiaochang Wang)

12:00-13:30     Lunch

13:30-14:15     Keynote: Water environment planning and treatment technology for small watershed in Mountainous Cities: a case study of the Zhongzui River in Chongqing (Prof. Qiang He, Chongqing University, China)

14:15-14:30    The Related Research on Urban Runoff LID-BMPs Control for Sponge City (Prof. Haifeng Jia, Tsinghua University)

14:30-14:45    Integrated Water Environment Improvement of Urban Black-odour Waterbody in China: Policy and Recent Advances (Mr. Jiazhuo Wang, Institute of Urban Infrastructure & Environment Planning of Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design)

14:45-15:00    Constructed wetlands for water pollution control: advance in technology and scientific research (Prof. Jun Zhai, Chongqing University, China)

15:00-15:30     Tea break

15:30-15:45    Design and Analysis of a Dual Purpose Rainwater Harvesting System: A Pilot Study (Dr. Peter Melville-Shreeve, University of Exeter, UK)

15:45-16:00    Removal of Emerging Contaminants from aqueous solution by a novel Electro-Peroxone-ACF (EOA) process (Prof. Chun Zhao, Chongqing University, China)

16:00-16:15    Key decision support technology for water pollution ‘monitoring-early warning-source identification-emergency disposal’ supported with advanced environmental models (Prof. Jiping Jiang, South University of Science and Technology of China)

16:15-16:45     Discussion (Coordinator: Prof. Guangtao Fu, Prof. Haifeng Jia)

16:45-17:45    IWA Publishing Introduction (Ms. Sara Bosshart, IWA Publishing, UK)

18:00               Gala Dinner

Day 2 (12th Sep, 2018)

09:00-09:45     Keynote: Doing More with less: The Journey ahead (Mr. Paul Reiter, Reiter IWS Co., Ltd, Hongkong, China)

09:45-10:00    Urban strategies for reducing flooding impacts in cities (Dr. Maria Pregnolato, Newcastle University, UK)

10:00-10:15    Dynamic pricing of residential water: opportunity and obstacles (Dr. Charles Rougé, University of Sheffield, UK)

10:15-10:30    Innovative Water Solution to Sustainable Future (Mr. Penghao Zhang, Poten Environment Group Co., Ltd, China)

10:30-11:00     Tea break

11:00-11:15    Reference rainfall measurements in urban areas: do they exist? (Dr. Michael Pollock, Newcastle University, UK)

11:15-11:30    Reactivation of Typical Conjugated Estrongens in Water Environment (Prof. Chun Yang, Chongqing University, China)

11:30-11:45    Improving Urban Flood Modelling towards Water-Wise Cities and Smart Water Systems (Dr. Rubinato Matteo, University of Sheffield, UK)

11:45-12:00    “A wall of water” – Advanced hydraulic modelling for flood risk analysis (Ms. Ioanna Stamataki, University of Bath, UK)

12:00-12:30     Discussion (Coordinator: Prof. Guangtao Fu, Dr. Xu Wang)

12:30-14:00     Lunch

14:00-14:45     Keynote: Have smart water systems come of age? (Prof. Guangtao Fu, University of Exeter, UK)

14:45-15:00    Data-driven transformation in water resource recovery facilities (Dr. Xu Wang, University of Exeter, UK)

15:15-15:30    Importance of Workforce in creating a Resilience Water Sector (Dr. Kate Baker, University of Exeter, UK)

15:30-16:00     Tea break

16:00-16:15    Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology for Flood Mapping in Congested Areas (Dr. Monica Rivas Casado, Cranfield University, UK)

16:15-16:30    Cost-Effective River Water Quality Management using Integrated Real-Time Control Technology (Dr. Fanlin Meng, University of Exeter, UK)

16:30-16:45    Development and Application in Water Distribution Networks of Smart Water in China (Ms. Shiyuan Hu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China)

16:45-17:00    Global resilience analysis of water distribution systems for intervention development (Dr. Chris Sweetapple, University of Exeter, UK)

17:00-17:30     Discussion (Coordinator: Prof. Xiaochang Wang, Prof. Mawuli Dzakpasu)

Day 3 (12th Sep, 2018)

08:30-09:15     Keynote: Water Cycle Management for Water-Wise City/Community (Prof. Xiaochang Wang, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China)

09:15-09:30    Investigating the role of tree planting on sub-catchment level runoff in Warwickshire, England: Preliminarily findings (Dr. Craig Lashford, Coventry University, Coventry, UK)

09:30-09:45    Applied Research of Strengthened Ecological Floating Bed in Purification of Urban Landscape Water (Prof. Yi Wang, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China)

09:45-10:00    Building resilience in water supply infrastructure in the Southern Hemisphere in the face of future uncertainties (Ms. Upeshika Heenetigala, University of Cambridge, UK)

10:00-10:30     Tea break

10:30-10:45    Wetland systems to support quality protection and restoration in urban waterways (Prof. Mawuli Dzakpasu, Xi’an University of Architecture, China)

10:45-11:00    We can do more together: case studies on water resource challenges (Dr. Sarah Cotterill, Durham University, UK)

11:00-11:15    Effective Waste water management policies and practices for Sub-Saharan Africa cities (Dr. Uchechukwu Okere, University of Derby, UK)

11:15-11:30    A Catchment-Scale Real-Time Flood Forecasting System Based on Full Hydrodynamic Modelling (Dr. Xiaodong Ming, Newcastle University, UK)

11:30-12:00     Discussion (Coordinator: Prof. David Butler, Dr. Maria Pregnolato)

12:00-12:30     Closing Remarks (Prof. Guangtao Fu, Prof. Xiaochang Wang)

12:30-14:00     Lunch

14:00-17:00     Technical visit

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