The management of urban groundwater resources is directly linked to urban water supply and drainage concepts. A proper integration of groundwater into urban water management plans is recommended for long-term planning. The paper describes the development of a new modelling suite which addresses the urban water and solute balance in a holistic way. Special focus has been placed on the assessment of the impact of sewer leakage on groundwater in four case study cities. Tools for the prediction of sewer leakage including the assessment of uncertainties are now available. Field investigations in four European case study cities were able to trace the influence of sewer leakage on urban groundwater using microbiological indicators and pharmaceutical residues.

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