The goal of WP6 is to integrate existing and new methodologies, tools and knowledge into a fully-fledged and validated platform, providing a unified environment (AquaNES DSS) for supporting strategic and as operational decisions in cNES. The AquaNES DSS will target the needs of different end-users (water utilities, water and regional authorities, enterprises, technology providers, water managers, system operators, environmental agencies, academic institution and citizens) and will provide support in all decision-making stages (system selection and design, system assessment, system operation and monitoring, market penetration and system replication).
The following objectives are set:
- Improve the confidence with which service providers are able to specify, design and implement cNESs.
- Facilitate market penetration of cNES solutions.
- Maximize replication potential of AquaNES innovations.
WP6 will integrate previously fragmented approaches in decision frameworks, in modelling and in decision support tools. It will create a homogeneous and consistent decision support environment following a holistic approach to water and wastewater management, covering all water cycle aspects (hydrological, economic, environmental, social and market). Communication interfaces between tools, based on open ICT standards, will be provided, and gaps in the decision-making chain will be addressed through further development. Data, tools, and methods will follow the EU open access policy, thus promoting their market penetration.