Projects

UWMH focuses on Research and Innovation activities undertaken within the framework of National and European Research and Development projects and find their way into practice through the provision of consultancy services

TRUST

DURATION: 01.05.2011 to 30.04.2015

BUDGET: 303,600.00€/9,293,582.95€

FUNDING: FP7 Collaborative Project, Technologies and systems for urban water cycle services

ABOUT TRUST

TRUST: Transitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow was a four year FP7 Collaborative Project funded by Technologies and systems for urban water cycle services topic. Project’s central objective was to deliver co-produced knowledge to support, enabling communities to achieve a sustainable, low-carbon water future without compromising service quality. TRUST delivered this ambition through research driven innovations in governance, modelling concepts, technologies, decision support tools, and novel approaches to integrated water, energy, and infrastructure asset management.

TRUST demonstrated and legitimized these innovations by the implementation of the most promising interventions in the urban water system of the nine different participating city pilot regions. Over the course of four years and driven by the need of transformation and the wish to protect natural resources, 30 partners in eleven different countries researched innovations and tools to create a more sustainable water future. The results were implemented and tested in nine participating different pilot cities or regions, grouped in green cities, water scarcity regions and urban/peri-urban metropolitan areas.


TRUST produced knowledge and guidance to enable communities to achieve sustainable, low-carbon water futures without compromising service quality; delivered this ambition through close collaboration with problem owners in ten participating pilot city regions under changing and challenging conditions in Europe and Africa. TRUST’s work provided research driven innovations in governance, modelling concepts, technologies, decision support tools, and novel approaches to integrated water, energy, and infrastructure asset management.


An extended understanding of the performance of contemporary urban water services allowed detailed exploration of transition pathways. Urban water cycle analysis included use of an innovative systems metabolism model, derivation of key performance indicators, risk assessment, as well as broad stakeholder involvement and an analysis of public perceptions and governance modes.


A number of emerging technologies in water supply, waste and storm water treatment and disposal, in water demand management and in the exploitation of alternative water sources were analysed in terms of their cost-effectiveness, performance, safety and sustainability.


Cross-cutting issues included innovations in urban asset management and water-energy nexus strengthening. The most promising interventions were demonstrated and legitimised in the urban water systems of the ten participating pilot city regions.

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