Sweco prepares rainwater plan for Mechelen


Sweco prepares rainwater plan for Mechelen

20 March 2019
The city of Mechelen has selected Sweco to draw up its rainwater plan. After a whole series of successful water studies, we are deploying our extensive expertise once again in order to tackle the rising flooding caused by climate change.

Sweco has previously worked on water studies, including for Ter Beke Zuid, UZ Gent, Wienerberger and commissioned by Fluvius, is currently responsible for drawing up a rainwater plan for fifteen municipalities in Limburg. With this additional assignment in Mechelen, Sweco is finally putting itself on the map as a leading agency for drawing up water policy plans.

Like many other (historic) cities, Mechelen is still insufficiently adapted to climate change and has often suffered flooding in the past. That’s why it’s starting with the preparation of a rainwater plan. This is part of the European Interreg 2 Seas project "Water Resilient Cities", which aims to make historic cities able to withstand the changing climate and heavy rainfall.

Our interdisciplinary contribution
The city of Mechelen decided to work with Sweco, mainly because of our interdisciplinary approach to rainwater plans. The Water Modelling team is leading the project and is responsible for the details and substantiation of the vision; the Urban.Habitat team is supervising the process and stakeholder management, and - where necessary - the Infrastructure team is being called in for specific technical expertise. This allows us to develop a broadly supported vision, with which the city of Mechelen can prepare itself for the future.

What does the rainwater plan do?
A rainwater plan provides an answer to the question of where we should go today and tomorrow with our rainwater and in this context is a guideline for a sustainable water policy in the city. The hydrological system and the environmental characteristics of the entire project area are being mapped out. This data not only helps to identify bottlenecks, but also to identify opportunities. Based on this, a numerically substantiated vision is being developed together with all stakeholders, which is elaborated into a concrete action plan. Using this, the city authorities will be able to set to work resolving bottlenecks and seizing opportunities.