Prof. Banu Ormeci received her Masters and PhD degrees from Duke University in the US. She is a full professor and Canada Research Chair in Wastewater Treatment Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She leads an internationally recognized research program on wastewater and biosolids treatment, and is the recipient of several research, teaching and mentoring awards. She is also the Chair of the International Water Association’s Sludge Management Specialist Group. Her research on optimization of treatment processes has resulted in several patents and new processes in the market.
Rapid population increase, urbanization and climate change exert many infrastructure challenges to cities, and it has become increasingly challenging for municipalities to provide safe and financially sustainable water and sanitation services. Smart water management (SWM) has become an important tool in dealing with urban water challenges in a proactive rather than a reactive manner. Smart water management includes all aspects of resource water protection and drinking water, storm water, and wastewater management. Climate change has put more pressure on water and wastewater infrastructure in cities in recent years due to floods, droughts, rising sea levels and pollution, which will likely get worse in the future. The World Economic Forum’s recent Global Risk Report has identified these water risks to have the largest global impact over the next decades. Therefore, cities around the world need to get ready to face these new water challenges using smart, feasible, sustainable, and energy efficient management tools and approaches. Integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) allow real-time monitoring and control of water and wastewater infrastructure and play an important role in achieving water smart cities. However, there are many other cheaper and low-tech smart water management approaches that can be employed quickly resulting in substantial benefits and savings for cities dealing with climate change impacts. Prof. Örmeci’s talk will focus on a range of smart water and wastewater management tools and approaches, and will provide examples from cities in North America in implementing these tools and becoming water smart cities.
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