Research Conducted at University of KwaZulu-Natal Has Updated Our Knowledge about Water ResourcesWater ResourcesNewsRx.com
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Researchers detail new data in Water Resources. According to news reporting originating from Durban, South Africa, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Sea-level rise is one of the consequences of global warming that has the potential to affect the infrastructure of coastal urban areas. In this context, it is important to perform vulnerability assessments in order to understand how this infrastructure may be at risk, and, if necessary, adapt and maintain functionality of infrastructure systems."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, "This study investigates the vulnerability of the wastewater collection and disposal infrastructure (i.e. pipelines and manholes, pumping stations and wastewater treatment plants) to sea-level rise in eThekwini Municipality, South Africa. By using geographical information systems (GIS) and a multi-criteria analysis considering elevation, operational capacity and connectivity, a scale of vulnerability was established and the most vulnerable infrastructural elements were identified in the municipality. These should be prioritised for detailed monitoring and adaptive interventions in order to maintain the functionality of the wastewater system as sea level is predicted to rise."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "As such this study presents a model of how vulnerability of wastewater systems can be evaluated in coastal cities."
For more information on this research see: Vulnerability of wastewater infrastructure of coastal cities to sea level rise: A South African case study. Water SA, 2012;38(5):755-764. Water SA can be contacted at: Water Research Commission, PO Box 824, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E. Friedrich, University of KwaZulu Natal, CRECHE, Sch Engn, Civil Engn Programme, Durban, South Africa.
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