As part of the summer school of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), the FiW organised for the fourth time a practical workshop and excursion programme for several days. The event was on behalf of the RWTH Aachen University and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and addressed Indian and German scientists and (PhD) students on the topic of resilient water infrastructures.
Practical case studies
The delegation developed concepts for integrated water resource management based on a case study in the coastal metropolitan city of Chennai (India), which is affected by tsunamis and monsoons. They developed a resilient urban water infrastructure regarding the aspects of "Urban Drainage & Flood Protection", "Water Supply & Health", "Coastal Protection", "Disaster Management" and "Saltwater Intrusion and Groundwater Overuse". Furthermore, they prepared contributions to a third master plan, that was announced by the local planning authority.
Excursion programme and best practice examples
Excursions completed the programme. The approach of the German water industry was demonstrated by the Wasserverband Eifel-Rur (WVER) by first presenting the sewage treatment plant in Stolberg and then the dam and reservoir Schwammenauel of the river Rur. The delegation visited the control corridor of the dam and the turbine house. Furthermore, the opportunity was given, to learn about flood protection and urban flash floods as well as show team spirit by setting up mobile flood protection facilities at the StEB Cologne.