To quantify resilience to climate change the Slovenian partners of the MAURICE project – Geological Survey of Slovenia and Ljubljana Waterworks and Sewerage – at the beginning of the year held an international workshop focused on the challenges of rainfall infiltration and drainage in areas with poorly permeable soils.
Various solutions were discussed, highlighting the need to involve national authorities, local authorities and sewerage companies to effectively address these issues. The workshop also highlighted differences in standards and boundary conditions in the design of retention basin structures, generating valuable discussions on standardisation and best practice.
One key point highlighted the importance of maintaining underground water sources and their natural ability to dilute pollutants.
With current weather patterns, it is also becoming imperative to safeguard the ability of our streams and rivers to cope with increased water during storms. By strengthening these waterways, we can meet the challenges of unpredictable heavy rains. These rains can put enormous pressure on our sewerage systems, threatening to overload them. With strategic planning and innovative approaches, we can prevent such disasters.
The workshop results highlight the importance of addressing the challenges of poor soil permeability and climate change. By promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between different stakeholders, including government agencies, academic institutions and design firms, we can develop sustainable solutions to improve stormwater drainage and protect groundwater quality. Together, we can build resilience in the face of climate change and ensure a better future for our environment and communities.