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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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Student research project(s)

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
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. (2019). Institutional inertia : challenges in urban water management on the path towards a water-sensitive Surabaya, Indonesia. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 19 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Bichai, F., Kajenthira Grindle, A. & Murthy, S.L. (2018). Addressing barriers in the water-recycling innovation system to reach water security in arid countries. Journal of Cleaner Production, 171, S97-S109. Retrieved from
Conference paper
Susnik, J., Cossa, C., Ferrato, J., Francisco, J., Cabrera, A., Schwartz, K., Pathirana, A., Sharma, S. & Bichai, F. (2018). AltWater : assessing the potential of alternative water supply sources in Mozambique. Paper presented at the 19th WaterNet/WARFSA/GW-SA Symposium, Livingston, Zambie.


CIV2320 Hydrology for Engineers

CIV8360 Water Resources Management

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Master's Thesis (1)

    • 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