Urban water management

Sustainable water management in urban areas requires an integrated approach to ensure that the management, development and utilisation of water resources, water infrastructure and water/wastewater treatment satisfies socio-economic, environmental, sustainability and multi-sectoral water demands.

'Lynetten' waste-water processing plant outside Copenhagen, Denmark


Christian Nyerup Nielsen

Director, Climate Adaptation & Landscape
T: +45 5161 6277

Christian Nyerup Nielsen

Director, Climate Adaptation & Landscape
T: +45 5161 6277

Integrated approach to urban water management

Maintenance and upgrading of urban water infrastructure often counts for up to 80% of the total capital investments for public utilities, so proper planning and cost-efficient execution are important measures for obtaining high efficiency in the utility company. Furthermore, ensuring high quality levels for drinking water requires a constant focus on the water supply as well as the water treatment processes at the waterworks.

The increasing amount of rainwater in many urban areas due to cloudbursts calls for new solutions and not just traditional sewers. It is important to integrate blue-green-infrastructure together with the various issues regarding urban development such as traffic planning and energy planning.

Ramboll has extensive expertise in all disciplines within urban water management, and our holistic and integrated approach allows for innovation and implementation of new methods and technology that also enhance the urban environment and increase liveability.

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Climate Adaptation & Flood-Risk Management

Water and wastewater infrastructure

Water & Wastewater Process & Treatment

Water Resources Management

Water Supply & Leakage


New treatment plant in Skellefteå, Sweden

Ramboll is the lead consultant on a comprehensive project on establishing of a new treatment plant in the city of Skellefteå which ensures high-quality drinking water to all inhabitants.

St. Jørgens sø in Copenhagen

Cloudburst Concretisation Masterplan

On 2 July, 2011 large areas of the city of Copenhagen were flooded. Copenhagen is on the front line of climate change, experiencing increasingly heavy rain events, as they are also on the leading edge of urban innovation with a vision of transforming their city into a sustainable, C02 neutral city by 2025.


Sustainable urban draining system

The growth in the frequency and severity of extreme rainfall has significantly increased the risk of flooding from rivers and urban drainage systems of insufficient capacity. It is a huge investment to dig into the earth and expand the sewer systems in urban areas, so other measures may prove to be better and cheaper alternatives.

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Integrated hydrological modelling for Copenhagen and Frederiksberg municipalities

A means to succeeding with implementation of cloudburst plans for the municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg is the use of SUDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) for infiltration of rainwater. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the consequences of increased storm water infiltration to the surrounding areas, including changes in groundwater levels and quality.

Groundwater mapping

Groundwater mapping - protecting our most valuable resource

As a leading consultant in water and environment Ramboll has carried out a large portion of the Danish National Groundwater Mapping Programme which comprises multidisciplinary hydrogeological projects.

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