Water-safe infrastructure projects

2021-06-29 17:22:12

In the next 20 years, more than 100 billion Euros will be invested in construction, reconstruction, expanding and densifying the city of Göteborg. Case study Göteborg aims to decrease the environmental impact on the water quality from constructing activities. Furthermore, the case raises public awareness of urban surface water quality in general and promote “water-friendly” behaviour, thus fostering a water responsible society. 


There are several big challenges within the city of Göteborg in reaching all the Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for water quality.  

Only a few of Göteborg’s water bodies achieve good ecological status and none achieve good chemical status today. 

  • The city is expanding - another 115 000 people the next 15 years. 
  • The large number of construction sites puts more pressure on an already stressed storm water grid. 
  • Former industrial pollution and contaminated soil must be handled in the city transformation.  

SCOREwater solutions 

The SCOREwater project will provide several solutions to tackle some of the mentioned challenges, especially through generating (near) real-time data of the water quality. This data: enables rapid response, reduces the risk of environmental impact, increases resilience, and increases the knowledge of cumulative effects. This requires high quality data which demands reliable sensors. That’s why sensor development is also an important element of the Göteborg case study. In the following paragraph we will focus on the big steps made by the Swedish partners of the project in sensor development and sensor deployment.  

Sensor development

The most noteworthy sensor development was done by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. IVL is developing a sensor called “Turbinator” (working title) to measure turbidity and water level in the stormwater system. What makes this sensor unique is …

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This is a preview of the full article published in the SCOREwater booklet dealing with the second year of the project. Among other things you will find: an update on the Amersfoort, Barcelona and Göteborg case study, links to interesting webinars and (scientific) publications, and many more! You can request the full publication here: https://bit.ly/Year2Update-internal