Protecting Baltic Sea from untreated wastewater spillages during flood events in urban areas
NOAH
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.1 Clear waters

NOAH

The NOAH project improves spatial planning and the operation of urban storm water runoff and drainage systems in order to reduce pollution caused by extreme weather such as heavy rains and floods. NOAH develops a new layer for extreme weather events to be used in computer based modelling of drainage. By combining this modelling with traditional city planning techniques, municipal planning shifts from fragmented individual site based planning to a holistic approach covering the entire urban catchment.
Project summary

Floods bring pollutants to the Baltic Sea

Climate change comes with brings along intense rainfalls and storms in the Baltic Sea region. Urban drainage systems are not capable to handle this, and therefore floods are becoming more common in the densely populated areas. Floods raise the risk of flushing untreated wastewater from urban drainage systems into nature. This is harmful to people and environment due to the excessive amount of nutrients, hazardous substances and pathogenic microbes in wastewater.

Holistic planning and smart drainage systems

Urban areas can be prepared for floods by improved planning and self-adaptive drainage operations. The NOAH project has brought together nine towns and water utilities, seven academic and research institutions and two umbrella organisations from six countries around the Baltic Sea to join their forces. NOAH’s approach is to create a concept for holistic planning and implement smart drainage systems in real urban environments. Holistic planning combines stormwater management with spatial planning. This is followed by development of smart drainage systems to make the existing facilities resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea

The NOAH concept is easily scalable to any urban area around the Baltic Sea. Implementation of the concept could reduce the inflow of pollutants into the Baltic Sea by half. The activities are anchored into daily practices of towns and water utilities, leading to a healthier and cleaner Baltic Sea!

Budgets

NOAH
in numbers
  • 3.00
    Million
    Total
  • 2.43
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The pilot investments that will monitor urban water flows in real time were completed in most of the pilot sites. The municipalities of Słupsk (Poland), Ogre (Latvia) and Liepaja (Latvia) installed devices such as rain gauges and water level sensors in their rivers and canals. They started monitoring their urban drainage systems with these devices.

Water quality studies carried out before the investments and after the installations are in place should measurably show the project’s impact. A tool for estimating real-time control (RTC) potential in the pilot areas was developed to analyse the impact of different solutions in the pilot areas.

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

Tallinn University of Technology

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
389,592.75
59.437215524.7453688

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Pori
  • Region
    Satakunta
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
179,900.00
61.486554221.7968951

Gdansk University of Technology

  • Town
    Gdańsk
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
161,625.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

City of Haapsalu

  • Town
    Haapsalu
  • Region
    Lääne-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
150,100.00
58.939901923.5414798

City of Rakvere

  • Town
    Rakvere
  • Region
    Kesk-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
79,910.00
59.383949328.18515

Liepaja municipal authority "Komunālā pārvalde"

  • Town
    Liepaja
  • Region
    Kurzeme
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
96,395.00
56.524352621.0170515

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
203,960.00
60.167488124.9427473

Estonian Waterworks Association

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
129,810.00
59.437215524.7453688

City of Pori

  • Town
    Pori
  • Region
    Satakunta
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
200,000.00
61.486554221.7968951

Halmstad University

  • Town
    Halmstad
  • Region
    Hallands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
152,550.00
56.673982612.8574827

Economic Chamber Polish Waterworks

  • Town
    Bydgoszcz
  • Region
    Bydgosko-Toruński
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
78,550.00
53.9730417.26188

Riga Technical University

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
205,810.00
56.949397724.1051846

Ogre municipality

  • Town
    Ogre
  • Region
    Pierīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
160,000.00
56.819204524.6074393

Slupsk Water Supply

  • Town
    Slupsk
  • Region
    Słupski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
158,200.00
54.46057084999999617.027730037017736

Technical University of Denmark

  • Town
    Kgs Lyngby
  • Region
    Københavns omegn
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
212,427.50
55.771864912.5051413

Jurmalas udens Ltd

  • Town
    Jurmala
  • Region
    Pierīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
149,700.00
56.973415423.79903173666365

The municipality of Söderhamn

  • Town
    Söderhamn
  • Region
    Gävleborgs län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
209,900.00
61.299850117.0607599

Rakvere Water Company

  • Town
    Rakvere
  • Region
    Kirde-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
79,930.00
59.383949328.18515

Videos

Video 1 of 1