Main objective of this visit was to share experiences in the field of stormwater management with KWB and experts of Berliner Wasserbetriebe. One focus was the presentation and discussion the results of KWB’s projects KURAS and netWORKS4.
VA SYD is a South Swedish public utility responsible for the management of drinking water, stormwater, sewage and waste disposal in the cities of Lund, Malmö, Eslöv and Burlöv. The delegation consisted of VA SYD management and supervisory board members. They were accompanied by experts who are in charge of VA SYD’s current programme “More Space for Water”.
After two extreme stormwater events entailing severe damages and follow-up costs in 2013, VA SYD is looking for solutions that can reduce flood impacts in the future. For this purpose, sealed surfaces are decoupled and multifunctional flood plains (e.g. roads with flood spaces) are being installed. Via a communication concept property owners and facility managers of housing associations are informed about stormwater management measures and supported in the planning of decoupling measures.
The Swedish visitors were very interested in hearing about the integrated rainwater management measures as they had been developed in the KURAS project. The fact that the approaches currently being pursued in Berlin serve several objectives at the same time (e.g. water protection, approximation to natural water balance or biodiversity) was received with great interest by the visitors. In addition, legal constraints (such as stormwater fee, various charges, discharge restrictions etc.) were discussed.
All participants are very interested in further exchanges and future cooperation.