9th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks

Olivia Bailey (Cohort 2, Bath) attended the 9th International Conference on Sewer Processes and Networks (SPN9) in Aalborg, Denmark to present her paper ‘Predicting Impacts of Water Conservation with a Stochastic Sewer Model’. This paper showed the resulting impacts on wastewater flow and quality amounting from water conservation scenarios as predicted using a stochastic sewer model that she has developed and validated throughout her PhD work within the WISE CDT. This work has been primarily supervised by Prof. Jan Hofman and Dr. Tom Arnot of WIRC and external/industry supervison has been provided by Dr. Mirjam Blokker (KWR, NL), and Prof. Zoran Kapelan (TU Delft, NL).

This conference bought together sewer enthusiasts from all over the world to talk about the current state and future of our sewer systems.  A wide range of presentations were given showcasing new sensors, models and techniques to better understand our sewers and cutting edge sewer designs to cope with extreme weather events. Rich discussions were had about how sewer discharges are changing, from introducing food waste to wet cremation and ‘un’-flushables. The stimulating technical programme was matched with an equally exciting social programme where participants were given the opportunity to sample locally brewed beers and throw axes in the robber themed banquet!