CSO emission is widely considered a significant pollution source to receiving waters in urban areas. The existing deterministic sewer models are not able to predict CSO emission effectively. In this study, a conceptual CSO emission model SEWSIM has been developed using a powerful programming package MATLAB and SIMULINK. A sewer system consisting of an impervious catchment and a sewer network is schematised as two linear dynamic reservoirs. The following physical processes are conceptually modelled: rainfall-runoff; surface solids buildup and washoff; sewer sediment erosion and deposition. The model is suitable for both event-based and continuous simulations. Some simulation results demonstrate that SEWSIM predicts pollution load of CSO emission more effectively than deterministic models.

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