Between March 31st and April 1st the fourth Open Day of E2STORMED project took place in Hersonissos (Crete, Greece), a popular tourist destination that hosts approximately six million overnight stays every tourist season (April to October).
The Open Day was a great occasion for the Municipality of Hersonissos to present the main problems and challenges related to water management to the project partners coming from 7 different European countries. In particular, the high tourist influx over summer months (that will probably increase in next years) is accompanied by problems of salinisation of the groundwater aquifer and high losses in the distribution network (often to be updated).
The Open Day was preceded by a Special Technical Meeting held by Professor Chris Jefferies (University of Abertay Dundee), that coached the Hersonissos’ Municipality team to gain insight into SuDS, and gave inputs to ensure transfer of knowledge from other countries and to evaluate the proposed case study sites.
Then, all the partners reached Hersonissos to exchange updates and opinions about the development of solutions for the management of urban stormwater. Alongside administrative and organizational issues, the meeting allowed to confront on the progresses made in the pilot cases with the application of the Decision Support Tool (DST). From the comparison, all partners could learn from others’ experiences how to cope with doubts and difficulties that are usual in the first application of an innovative tool conceived for different and complex problems.
Furthermore, the process of construction and monitoring of the green roof in Benaguasil was analyzed. Green roof construction has nearly been completed and hydraulic and energy monitoring will begin this month.
Finally, all partners participated to a Transition workshop that gave a clear guidance on the ways to reach a radical switch from one type of socio-technical system to another, in this case to improve situations characterized by expensive, inefficient and unsustainable water management systems.
The visit to the municipal infrastructures for water and energy of Hersonissos closed this fruitful Open Day, and all partners gave appointment to the next meeting, foreseen at the end of September in Zagreb: check the official website www.e2stormed.eu for all updates!