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Françoise Bichai
Bacc. Génie civil, École Polytechnique; M.Sc.A. Génie civil (environnement), École Polytechnique; Ph.D. Génie civil (environnement), École Polytechnique

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 4256 Fax: (514) 340-3981 Room: B-431.4.1
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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Integrated urban water management-Resilience and risk management in urban water systems
  • Alternative water systems, decentralized and hybrid systems, stormwater harvesting and wastewater reuse
  • Drinking water quality, microbial risk associated to water uses and public health
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA)
  • Transport of pathogens by higher organisms (zooplankton, nematodes)
  • Impacts of climate change on urban water systems
  • Impacts of natural and anthropogenic disasters on urban water systems
  • Urban water security strategies
  • Water Safety Plans
  • Water services management and governance
  • Interdisciplinarity in water research and education
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1007 Water resources and supply
  • 1501 Water quality, pollution


Recent publications
Journal article
Leveque, B., Burnet, J.B., Dorner, S. & Bichai, F. (2021). Impact of climate change on the vulnerability of drinking water intakes in a northern region. Sustainable Cities and Society, 66, 22 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Kammoun, R., Barrette, S., Bichai, F., Dorner, S. & Prevost, M. (2020). A hydrocarbon pipeline spill risk assessment framework for drinking water supply. AWWA Water Science, 2(4), 14 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Jussah, O., Orabi, M.O.M., Susnik, J., Bichai, F. & Zevenbergen, C. (2020). Assessment of the potential contribution of alternative water supply systems in two contrasting locations: Lilongwe, Malawi and Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 11(1), 130-149. Retrieved from
Journal article
Kosters, M., Bichai, F. & Schwartz, K. (2020). Institutional inertia : challenges in urban water management on the path towards a water-sensitive Surabaya, Indonesia. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 36(1), 50-68. Retrieved from


CIV2320 Hydrology for Engineers

CIV8360 Water Resources Management

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Master's Thesis (2)

    • Léveque, B. (2020). Analyse des vulnérabilités des prises d'eau potable de la rivière des Mille Îles (Québec) aux étiages estivaux en contexte de changements globaux par une approche ascendante (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Barrette, S. (2018). Vulnérabilité des usines de traitement d'eau potable de la région métropolitaine de Montréal aux déversements accidentels d'oléoducs (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from