The Center for Urban Water is being set up for flood control and water management in Metro Colombo, to become operational in 2019. Its primary function is the control of pumps and gates that are being installed under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project.
A combination of hydrological and hydro-dynamic models are used to forecast the state of water in the Colombo System with rainfall inputs from numerical weather forecasts, satellite data and rain gauge observations. Current and future canal water levels, interaction with river and the lake water levels are forecast in 15 min time intervals at present.
A dense network of rainfgauges and water level sensors are planned to be installed in the basin. A scada control system will be employed to control 3 pumping stations and 3 gate structures. In addition future developments in retention storage units will also be monitored and control through the center.
Six stories of a new building will house a state-of-the-art center for data integration, modelling, control and dissemination. The first two floors are planned for public outreach, the 3rd floor for data integration and flood control, 4th floor for environmental services, 5th floor for R&D and the 6th floor for administration.
Promote flood safety and livability of Metro Colombo, supporting the Megapolis development and operations through integrated spatial and temporal information management.
CUrW has opportunities for enterprising young engineers and scientists interested in high performance computing, data integration, IoT development and information management. On the job M.Eng and M.Sc. opportunities are available for qualified candidates.
We are also looking for partners to join us in environmental monitoring and education.