Stormwater Poland 2022
Let’s find some time for … rainwater
Within the 6th edition of the conference we have
prepared for you 4 really diversified sessions.
Made in Silesia
Being aware of the unique local conditions, we plan to start our meeting with a session titled: Made in Silesia. In this part, we want to present specific projects regarding rainwater, increasing its retention and use on site in order to change the cities of Upper Silesia and Basin for a better future, and thus improve the standard of living of their inhabitants and make them resistant to progressive climate change. We want to show that such projects can be part of the overall transformation of the entire region and constitute a good role model in other parts of the country. In addition, this session is to demonstrate technologies and solutions in the field of rainwater that are created, produced or have their pioneering applications in this industrial heart of Poland. This session is also an opportunity to answer the question whether there are any measurable effects of the edition of the Stormwater Poland conference in Katowice in the previous year.
Rainwater does not have to be a sewage!
In the second block of the conference, entitled: Rainwater does not have to be a sewage! we want to address the issue of the impact of the quality of rainwater or snowmelt runoff on the waters of receivers. At this session, we want to deal with the seemingly unsolvable problem of combined sewage systems. We want the users to speak at the session, those, who did not escape this challenge, but were able to separate the combined sewage system even in the scale of a large city, obtained permits for the CSO operation in accordance with the current requirements of the Water Law or applied solutions limiting the number of overflows and their impact on water receivers. We would like to supplement these examples with the presentation of technical solutions that may help in increasing the retention capacity of combined sewage systems and reducing the number of overflows as well as reducing the overall load of pollutants discharged with rainwater and meltwater.
Intelligent Rainwater Infrastructure
In the third session of the conference, as in the previous years, we want to look a bit ahead and discuss the state and prospects of Intelligent Rainwater Infrastructure. We want to convince you that even for smaller towns it is not a pipe dream or futurology. Artificial intelligence, expert systems, data mining does not have to be just a catchphrase in the case of rainwater, and in the very distant future. Such solutions are already used in practice for rainwater in the world and in Poland, bringing specific benefits and savings. As RetencjaPL, we want to demonstrate the results of their use in the WaterFolder Connect project (an innovative online platform for integrated design and modeling of drainage systems), which we are implementing with many Partners. But most importantly, we want to persuade you to be as active as possible in this area, as you may be supported by “Hydrostrateg” – the financing program announced by the National Center for Research and Development. This is the first such fund dedicated to water in Poland and a great opportunity for development of our entire industry. It is also a great challenge to face the increasing water shortages in our country. Without innovation, without intelligence and without taking care of rainwater, we will not be able to meet this challenge in Polish cities and contribute to ensuring a better future for future generations. So let’s use the opportunity that arises and find “time for rainwater”.
Maintenance of drainage and retention systems
When looking to the future, implementing new projects, we must not forget that we must increasingly take care of what we have already built or what we are taking over into our operation. There are more and more kilometers of rainwater drainage systems, the number of rainwater and snowmelt water retention and drainage facilities, and all these networks and facilities, without operation and maintenance, quickly age. Hence the need for a separate dedicated block: Maintenance of drainage and retention systems.
Maintenance is not only about financing. During this session, we would like to give the floor again to the operators and their engineers who have experience in restoring the functions of networks and facilities after years of improper use or in the renovation of drainage systems that have long ended their depreciation period. It is worth discussing the risks of exploitation, but also good practices and technical solutions protecting the drainage infrastructure against devastation and premature decapitalization.
This year, for the first time, we will also organize an event called the WaterFolder Day. It is planned for the day preceding the start of the Stormwater Poland conference, i.e. on September 27. This is a step towards designers, both those using on everyday basis our WaterFolder platform (www.waterfolder.com) as well as everyone who will want to learn more about professional design tools. We hope to gather experts, designers and producers in the International Congress Center to talk together about issues important for the industry, effective design tools, software, new technologies case studies and present offers of the best producers from Poland and around the world.