Impact of short duration intense rainfall events on sanitary sewer network performance

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Nasrin, Tasnim, Sharma, Ashok ORCID: 0000-0002-0172-5033 and Muttil, Nitin ORCID: 0000-0001-7758-8365 (2017) Impact of short duration intense rainfall events on sanitary sewer network performance. Water, 9 (3). ISSN 2073-4441


Short duration intense rainfall causes an increase in rainfall derived infiltration and inflow (RDII) into aging sewer networks, which leads to Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs). This study presents a generalised framework for assessing and mitigating the impacts of intense rainfall on sanitary sewer networks. The first part of the proposed framework involves a detailed hydraulic modelling to evaluate the performance of the sewer network. The second part deals with the development of SSO mitigation strategies based on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) approaches. This paper also demonstrates the application of the first part of the proposed framework for a case study catchment in Melbourne, Australia. The hydraulic performance of the case study sewer network during a wet and a dry year is presented. The analysis found that for the wet year, 11 manholes had sewer overflows, whereas 53 of 57 manholes in the network of 3.2 km had surcharges. Such a study will benefit the water authorities to develop mitigation strategies for controlling SSOs in their sewer systems.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.3390/w9030225
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0905 Civil Engineering
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords rainfall derived infiltration and inflow; RDII; sanitary sewer overflows; SSOs; climate change; urban water infrastructure
Citations in Scopus 21 - View on Scopus
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