Dutch Water Sector http://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2017: First call for outstanding entrepreneurs on sanitation and public health http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23586-sarphati-sanitation-awards-2017-first-call-for-outstanding-entrepreneurs-on-sanitation-and-public-health.html dws-a4a-sarphati-award-2015-van-der-laan-770pxJoin the boost for global sanitation efforts and nominate an individual or organization for the Sarphati Sanitation Awards 2017!

Do you know an individual or organization that contributes to the global sanitation challenge, please nominate them by sending an email to Sarphati2017@aquaforall.org

dws-a4a-sarphati-award-2017-sarphati-350px  Samuel Sarphati was a doctor in Amsterdam and because of his compassion for his patients, he initiated all sorts of projects to improve the quality of life in the city, including the collection of waste water.

Global contribution
World Waternet, Netherlands Water Partnership and Aqua for All initiated the biennial Sarphati Sanitation Award in 2013 to honor the outstanding contribution of individuals or organizations to the global sanitation and public health challenge through entrepreneurship.

The Sarphati Sanitation Awards will be handed out for the third time during the Amsterdam International Water Week later this year in October.

Stimulating entrepreneurship
This year the focus will again be on entrepreneurship. The recommendations for this years' nominations are: Keep the focus on urban sanitation – open defecation in cities is increasing and focus on the challenge of small cities which especially in Africa are growing very fast.

And keep stimulating entrepreneurs but acknowledge the role of public servants, nominate individuals who create value out of what was hitherto regarded as waste and thereby improve health and do this on a sizeable scale.

dws-a4a-sarphati-award-2015-laan-beukel-350px Aart van den Beukel (right) of Safi Sana receives the 2015- Sarphati Sanitation Award for young entrepreneurs from mayor Eberhard van der Laan (left) of Amsterdam.

Previous winners
In 2013 the award was won by American-based organisation Sanergy for the development of its low-cost 'Fresh-life' toilet.

In 2015 there were two award winners. Dr. Kamal Kar of the CLTS Foundation was awarded for Lifetime Achievement in stimulation of the demand for sanitation. As for the Young Entrepreneurs category, Safi Sana was recipient for its processing of faeces in Ghana.

In 2016 the Toilet Board Coalition screened around 100 entrepreneurial sanitation initiatives. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank both are active promoters of sanitation as a business.

About Samuel Sarphati
Samuel Sarphati (Amsterdam, January 31, 1813 – June 23, 1866) was a Jewish doctor, chemist, philanthropist and entrepreneur who left an indelible mark on Amsterdam.

He played an important role in the development of education, health, urban and commercial development in the city in the middle of the 19th century. He was a man of many fields of interest, able to run his initiatives right through the Amsterdam bureaucracy in order to get things done.

Through his innovative mind-set and persistent attitude, he reached multiple breakthroughs for the urban poor.

This news item was originally published on the website of Aqua for All.

Read also on this website
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Award winners Salttech and Safi Sana honoured during opening ceremony, 3 November 2015
Four young entrepreneurs announced as nominees for special Sarphati Sanitation award 2015, 16 October 2015
AIWW/Aquatech 2013: Sanergy wins 50.000 euro Sarphati award for establishing sanitation business in Nairobi, 6 November 2013

More information
Sarphati Sanitation Award
Facebook Sarphati Award

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Fleet Cleaner completes first hull cleaning of Dutch naval ship Karel Doorman http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23563-fleet-cleaner-completes-first-hull-cleaning-of-dutch-naval-ship-karel-doorman.html dws-fleet-cleaner-karel-doorman-770pxDutch startup company Fleet Cleaner has announced that its bunker saving Fleet cleaner system has completed its first hull cleaning trial, cleaning the hull of the largest vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy, HNLMS Karel Doorman.

In the Dutch port of Den Helder, the fouling of the marine vessel was removed by using Fleet Cleaner’s special designed remotely operated robot.

In March this year the company expects to launch a ship hull cleaning facility in the port of Rotterdam. This service will be offered by OH Ship Cleaning.

dws-fleet-cleaner-karel-doorman2-350px  The robot with its three domes scrubbing the hull with water. The removed fouling is collected.

Under and above water
The cleaning of the HNLMS Karel Doorman was unique since both under and above water cleaning was performed by the scrubbing robot. Due to loading and unloading, up to 20 percent of the fouled surface can be above the waterline in port.

The robot is able to clean a vessel during loading and unloading in ports. Due to the use of controllable high pressure waterjets, the coating is not damaged during the cleaning process.

According to Fleet Cleaner this has been confirmed by coating experts during the Karel Doorman cleaning with several coating measurements.

All removed fouling is captured by the robot and filtered by the support system, resulting in an environmental friendly hull cleaning solution.

Star-shaped robot
With a diameter of 1.80m and a sturdy steel frame, the robot can stand up to the heavy work for which it was designed.

The star-shaped frame supports three domes with rotating water jets, which spray the deposits away from the underside, while powerful magnets hold the machine against the hull.

An operator controls the robot from the shore or from another ship, which also collects and purifies the dirty water.

This news item was originally published on the website of Fleet Cleaner.

Read also on this website
WIS Award 2016 won by Fleet Cleaner for cleaning ship hulls in harbours, 20 January 2016

More information
Fleet Cleaner
Leeuwarden/Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 260 0944
www.fleetcleaner.com

Co-founder of Fleet Cleaner, Cornelis de Vet, explains the potential of the cleaning robot.

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
German government helps to scale up nature-based coastal restoration in Indonesia http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23522-german-government-helps-to-scale-up-nature-based-coastal-restoration-in-indonesia.html dws-wetlands-germany-demak-permeable-dam-770pxWetlands International announced that International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Environment Ministry (BMUB) has granted financial support to scale up a running pilot which aims to restore the eroded coast in the district of Demak, Central Java, Indonesia.

The German IKI initiative promotes healthy wetlands around the world as part of its ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change portfolio.

This grant supports replication of the Building with Nature concept that is currently used by Wetlands International in the coastal restoration pilot in Demak.

dws-wetlands-germanu-demak-scheme-350px  The concept of Building with Nature is based on the wisely use of natural coastal processes (illustration:JAM Visueel Denken).

Building with nature concept
The concept of Building with Nature is an innovative approach to coastal and water management challenges. It makes the services that nature provides an integral part of the design of hydraulic infrastructure.

This type of coastal restoration is an alternative to traditional hard infrastructure concepts which have proven ineffective along unstable muddy coastlines and fail to provide the multiple benefits that nature can provide.

Sediment trapping
The coastal restoration pilot in Demak involves construction of permeable sediment trapping structures to rehabilitate the mangrove belts, and the much-needed transformation of the aquaculture sector towards sustainable shrimp production, to ensure local income and prevent the future renewed loss of mangroves.

Mobilising replication
The IKI initiative supports this Building with Nature concept to scale up in Indonesia by mobilising knowledge institutes to provide trainings on a broad range of measures applicable.

This will also include the setup of a help desk facility that provides on-the-job guidance on all aspects of the project life cycle.

New aspects under the IKI funded programme include integrated water management planning and demonstration activities that offer an alternative to the deep ground water extraction which is currently causing land subsidence.

For example, restoration of rivers enables freshwater use for aquaculture and simultaneously allows distribution of sediment on land to mitigate subsidence.

dws-wetlands-germanu-demak-aerial-350px Aerial view of the sediment traps along the coast of Demak and the mangrove forest that can gradually take over the role of the dams and attenuate the waves and keep the sediment in place.

Partnership and donors
The Demak-project is coordinated by Wetlands International on behalf of the Ecoshape consortium and includes partnership with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), Ministry of Public Work and Human Settlement (PU), the Diponegoro University, Dutch research institute Deltares, Wageningen University, water education centre Unesco-IHE, Dutch consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos, German engineering firm Von Lieberman, and local communities.

The project is financial supported by the Dutch Sustainable Water Fund, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB) as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), Waterloo Foundation, Otter Foundation, Topconsortia for Knowledge and innovation, and mangroves for the future.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wetlands International.

Read also on this website
• Wetlands International reports first sediment build-up behind permeable coastal dam on Java, Indonesia, 3 March 2016
• Indonesia and Netherlands launch initiative for coastal safety Java, 3 March 2015
• Country: Indonesia

More information
Wetlands International
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 318 660910
www.wetlands.org

Ecoshape, Building with nature
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 6111 099
www.ecoshape.nl

 

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Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
VEI and Unesco-IHE support regional training of staff African water utilities http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23510-vei-and-unesco-ihe-support-regional-training-of-staff-african-water-utilities.html dws-vei-unesco-uganda-work-770px
Dutch-based organisations Vitens Evides International and Unesco-IHE agreed with Uganda’s National Water and sewerage corporation (NWSC) to strengthen the position of the International resource center to become a regional training center for staff of water utilities in Eastern Africa. A tripartite cooperation agreement was signed in Delft, the Netherlands on 16 January.

Capacity building for African water utilities
Cooperation of the three parties will focus on undertaking joint capacity development programs and joint applied research on relevant topics related to water utility management.

An important element is to strengthen the International Resource Center (IREC) of NWSC, which provides training to staff of NWSC and other water utilities.

By strengthening IREC, the centre can become a regional training and knowledge center catering to staff of water utilities in (Eastern) Africa.

dws-vei-unesco-uganda-mugisha-holtzwarth-schouten-350px   Managing director dr. Silver Mugisha of NWSC (left), rector dr. Fritz Holzwarth of UNESCO-IHE (middle) and CEO dr. Marco Schouten of VEI (right) on occasion of signing of the tripartite agreement.

Three different parties
The three parties of this cooperation agreement are quite diverse. NWSC is Uganda’s national water utility mandated to operate and provide water and sewerage services in 174 towns in the country. It has been globally recognized as a utility which has been able to achieve remarkable performance improvements over the past two decades.

Unesco-IHE is the largest graduate water education facility in the world, with a long history of capacity development for water supply and sanitation in Africa.

Vitens Evides International (VEI) is the vehicle for the international corporate social responsibility agenda of six Dutch water operators and supports peer water operators in Africa and Asia on a not-for-profit basis towards realizing SDG 6 (ensuring universal access to water and sanitation).

Common mission
Although their different approaches and expertise, NWSC, Unesco-IHE and VEI share a common mission: to improve the capacity of water utilities to provide water supply and sanitation services.

Their diversity allows the partnership to combine operational and practical utility management know-how with capacity development and applied research expertise. This makes the partnership highly relevant for addressing the challenges existing in the African water supply and sanitation sector.

This news item was originally published on the website of Vitens Evides International and Unesco-IHE.

Read also on this website
Unesco-IHE and RIVM trained management Suriname Water Company on Water Safety Plans, 9 January 2017
VEI concludes management project resulting in 50 percent more revenue for water utilities in Oromia, Ethiopia, 15 August 2016
Unesco-IHE trains students from small island states to strengthen local water management, 15 February 2016
AIWW Aquatech 2015: VEI and World Resources Institute join forces on green utilities, 5 November 2015
● Country: Uganda

More information
Unesco-IHE
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 212 29 21
www.unesco-ihe.org

Vitens Evides International
Utrecht, the Netherlands
+31 88 884 7991
www.vitensevidesinternational.com

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Lettinga Award 2017: first call for brilliant ideas on anaerobic digestion http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23481-lettinga-award-2017-first-call-for-brilliant-ideas-on-anaerobic-digestion.html dws-lettinga-award-2017-770pxLater this year the seventh Lettinga Award will be handed out during the 15th Anaerobic digestion congress in Beijing, China, in October.

The organiser of this award, the Lettinga Foundation, recently published its first call for nominations for this prestigious award for anaerobic digestion technology.

dws-lettinga-award-2017-gatze-350px  Emeritus professor Gatze Lettinga in anaerobic wastewater treatment of Wageningen University and inventor of the Upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) technology.

Most innovative idea
Do you work with urban, industrial, agricultural waste(waters), and do you have an innovative project idea for application of anaerobic technology? Lettinga Award 2017 – a prize of 10,000 Euros - may help you developing it further.

The award will be given to an innovative idea in using anaerobic technology for closing resource cycles.

The sponsors of the award Paques, Biothane and LeAF are excited to stimulate ideas that could contribute to future sustainable societies.

Application
Pitch your idea and make a short movie. Send your movie - max. 5 minutes - together with a short abstract - max. 500 words - via Wetransfer to e-mail address: info@leaf-wageningen.nl.

You can submit your movie and abstract until March 30, 2017.

The five best ideas will receive feedback from the jury of the competition and will be asked to provide additional information about their idea.

The Lettinga Award is traditionally coupled to the IWA World Conference on Anaerobic Digestion (AD), where the winner will be announced to the public. The next AD World Conference will take place on 17-20 October 2017 in Beijing, China.

dws-lettinage-award-milk-chiller-2015-350px SimGas´milk chiller on biogas that won the Lettinga Award 2015.

Previous winners
The Lettinga Award was initiated in 2001 and has been awarded for five times now.
● 2015 – SimGas
Adding value to anaerobic digestion by development of a biogas powered milk chilling solution for East African smallholder farmers
● 2013 - Shiva Salek
Adding value to anaerobic digestion by production of biobased materials and methane enriched biogas using alkaline silicate minerals
● 2010 - Shelley Brown-Malker, Rene Rozendal, Damien Batstone, Paul Jensen, Cristian Picioreanu, Korneel Rabaey and Jurg Keller. 
Adding value to anaerobic digestion by bio-electrochemically upgrading the CO2 and H2S fractions of biogas
● 2007 - Dr. Francisco J. Paco Cervantes
Immobilization of redox mediators in nanostructures for the anaerobic treatment of industrial wastewaters
● 2004 - Dr. Madalena Alves
A new anaerobic technology for efficient mineralization of lipids / LCFA
● 2001 Dr. Jim A. Field and Dr. Reyes Sierra
Anaerobic granular sludge bed technology know-how transfer/web pages

This news item was originally published on the website of the Lettinga Foundation.

Read also on this website
Biography professor Gatze Lettinga: My Anaerobic Sustainability Story, 4 August 2014
Shiva Salek wins Lettinga Award 2013 for capturing CO2 in biogas from anaerobic digestion, 6 July 2013
Professor Gatze Lettinga awarded honorary doctorate at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 26 June 2013

More information 
Lettinga Foundation 
Wageningen, the Netherlands 
+31 317 484 208 
www.leaf-wageningen.nl/en

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch royal couple visits exhibition on flood protection in Dessau, Germany http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23430-dutch-royal-couple-visits-exhibition-on-flood-protection-in-dessau-germany.html dws-de-nl-dessau-king-lodderitzer-770pxDutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima attended a German-Dutch exhibition on flood protection technology related to the restoration of the Elbe river, following the massive floods in 2002 and 2013.

The exhibition took place in the Unesco world heritage Kornhaus building on the banks of the Elbe river in Dessau, Germany on 10 February. It was held on occasion of a Dutch trade mission and a four-days visit of the royal couple to Germany.

The participants exchanged views on the development of tools for real time monitoring of water levels, early flood warning systems and flood evacuation information to residents.

The latter is still controversial as its requires authorities to acknowledge that – despite all protection measures that have been taken – there always remains a flood risk, no matter how small.

dws-de-nl-dessau-dalbert-350px  Saxony-Anhalt environmental minister Claudia Dalbert favours construction of more retention areas along the Elbe river.

More retention capacity along Elbe river
The royal couple was accompanied by Environmental minister Claudia Dalbert of Saxony-Anhalt and Environment minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen of the Netherlands.

Saxony-Anhalt minister Claudia Dalbert reminded the Germany and Dutch participants of the exhibition of the urgency to develop tools to prevent river floods. Large areas in her state were flooded in 2002 and 2013. The dike breach in 2013 costed her federal state of Saxony-Anhalt 1.7 billion euro she said.

Dalbert praised the new German national flood protection programme that includes some 60 projects in Saxony-Anhalt.

“In four years’ time some 532 million euro will be invested”, she continued. “This will include many technical measures, but we need to balance these with nature-based measures. By relocating our dikes we intend to increase the retention capacity with 10.000 hectare.”

dws-de-nl-dessau-schultz-maxima-350px Dutch queen Máxima (second right) and Dutch minister Schultz (second left) are informed on the new flood prevention plans by Saxony-Anhalt.

Sharing experiences
Dutch minister Schultz offered the assistance by Dutch flood experts that have been involved in the Room for the River programme. This programme included some 30 projects along the Rhine river, many of which were based on dike relocation.

“We have fifteen years of experience now”, she said. “and the results are already visible. Our flood plains are not only safer, they even look nicer.”

Never 100 percent safe
German and Dutch flood experts concluded that despite all flood prevention measures taken, some residual risk will always remain.

The Dutch firm HKV developed an app that can be used by residents in flood prone areas to predict the potential water levels in case of a flooding.

According to science director Bas Kolen at HKV most flood early warning tools have been developed to be used by professionals at water boards or disaster relief organisations. “Our app is specially made for residents. For every postal code in the Netherlands, the app shows the probability of flooding including the depth of the flooding at the given location”, he explained.

For the occasion of the exhibition, HKV developed a German version of the app, called Uberschwemm Ich?.

dws-de-nl-dessau-kolen-dalbert-couple-350px  Bas Kolen of HKV explains the Uberschwemm Ich? app to minister Dalbert and the Dutch royal couple.

Linking water levels to flood risks
At the exhibition Bas Kolen held a duo presentation to the Dutch royal couple together with Frank Schreiter, Landesbetriebes für Hochwasserschutz und Wasserwirtschaft (LHW) of Saxony-Anhalt.

Schreiter showed the national Hochwasser portal that provides real-time water levels at some 1.600 river locations. “Last year we also introduced an app for residents to check for the actual water levels”, he explained.

Both Kolen and Schreiter said to be interested to explore a possible combination of their apps in order to further increase the flood risk awareness and self-reliance of communities.

Other Dutch exhibitors were:
● Antea Group – consultancy
● Arcadis – consultancy
● Deltares – specialised research institute
● EcoLoss – tube flood barrier
● Hillblock - specially shaped dike stones
● Hyflo - self closing flood barrier
● I-real - real time data systems
● Infram – wave overtopping simulation
● One Architecture – urban flood defence designs and projects
● RoyalHaskoningDHV - consultant
● Slamdam – mobile flood barrier
● Steahl Engineering - drainage system protection
● Van Heck - emergency pumps

Read also on this website
German and Dutch river flood protection benefits from more mum, less dad,10 February 2017
Dutch King Willem-Alexander launches ‘water control room’ in Brisbane, Australia, 4 November 2016
Flood & Coast 2016: Dutch and British flood experts seek cooperation on asset resiliency and community involvement, 24 February 2016

More information
HKV
Lelystad, the Netherlands
+31 320 294 242
www.hkv.nl/apps

Rijkswaterstaat/Room for the River programme
Utrecht, the Netherlands
+31 88 797 29 00
www.ruimtevoorderivier.nl/english

Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700
www.nwp.nl

Hochwasserportal
www.hochwasserzentralen.de

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
German and Dutch river flood protection benefits from more mum, less dad http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23386-german-and-dutch-river-flood-protection-benefits-from-more-mum-less-dad.html dws-de-nl-dad-mum-socher2-770pxBoth in Germany and the Netherlands flood mitigation measures are implemented quicker when residents are involved right from the start. At a special organised flood seminar it proved that in both countries such an early citizen’s involvement is crucial for the continuation of flood protection schemes. Or as David van Raalten of Dutch consultancy firm Arcadis called it: ‘we need less decide-announce-defend and we need more meet-understand-modify’.

The seminar took place in Grimma, Germany on 9 February on occasion of the Dutch trade mission to East Germany.

Strategic gap
Professor dr. Martin Socher (on top photo), Saxon State ministry of the environment and agriculture, shared his experiences on the flood protection measures that have been taken, following the big floods of the Elbe river in 2002, 2010 and 2013. “Our state was under great pressure to act quickly and we listed 1,600 measures to minimize the potential damage of new floods”, he told.

According to Socher, the implementation of some measures started immediately but others were heavily delayed. “Soon we faced a drop in the number of projects and we were criticised for this delay”.

Socher called this the strategical gap. “No reconstruction without a strategy”, he advised.

dws-de-nl-dad-mum-grimma-door-350px Voluntary fire brigade of Grimma demonstrates the closure of one of the floodgates to the German-Dutch participants of the seminar.

Two floods of the century
It was no coincident the seminar took place in Grimma. The city’s old town centre on the left bank of the Mulde river, a tributary of the Elbe, was completely flooded in 2002 and 2013. Grimma was hit by two 100-year flood events in eleven years.

A special commission draw up a scheme that foresaw in a 3 m high monolithic concrete wall. The residents heavily opposed the idea however, as they did not want to lose contact with the river. The scheme needed a full revision.

With a few years delay the scheme to protect that city centre from a 100-year flood event is now finished.

The new scheme has been integrated in the town planning and consists of new 2 km long structure made up of four large historic buildings of which the walls have been retrofitted as main elements of the flood defence structure. In between these buildings, various 1,3 m high concrete walls have been constructed, as well as 78 mobile closures, including mobile defences and hinged gates.

dws-de-nl-lapperre-350px Deputy director general for Water and Spatial Planning at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Roald Lapperre summarized his lessons from the Dutch Room for the River programme.

Clear goal
At the flood seminar Deputy director general for Water and spatial planning at the Dutch Ministry of infrastructure and the environment, Roald Lapperre summarized his lessons from the Dutch Room for the River programme to increase the discharge capacity of the Rhine river.

The programme started in 2005 and includes over 30 measures. The last two are now under construction.

“It is important to have a clear goal”, said Lapperre. “It gives the reconstruction a focus. Furthermore, Lapperre mentioned the need to make good law and to have good governance with an adequate budget.

“Above all”, said Lapperre, “the Room for the River programme has shown that a flood prevention programme benefits from an integrated approach involving authorities at different levels and stakeholders, such as businesses and residents.”

“Bring out the best and improve your plans with their knowledge of the local situation and their interest. Include them in the planning phase and do not confront them with an almost finished plan”, was his advice.

dws-de-nl-grimma-raalten2-350px European director water management David van Raalten at Arcadis told his firm developed a tool called Resilient pathways.

Scoping part
European director water management David van Raalten at Arcadis told his firm developed a tool called Resilient pathways. “It starts with a scoping phase”, he explained.

“It widens the perspectives and helps to prioritise the most urgent measures. It can also help to find more financial resources by engaging more stakeholders."

Van Raalten advocated to first meet the residents and involve them in the planning phase. “Let them advise you and modify your plans. Avoid you have to defend an almost final plan.”

He concluded with the call for more mum, less dad. “We need less decide-announce-defend and we need more meet-understand-modify”.

Read also on this website
Biggest icon project of Room for the River programme officially commissioned at Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 4 December 2015
Restored to full glory: dwelling mounds for flood protection, 11 September 2015
Dutch and German dike experts held post flood field investigation along Elbe river, Germany, 4 July 2013
Dutch military engineers help to combat flooding along Elbe river, Germany, 7 June 2013

More information
Arcadis
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 2011 011
www.arcadis.com

Netherlands Business support office
Hamburg, Germany
+49 40 37 64 44 58
www.nbso-hamburg.de

Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700
www.nwp.nl

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Canadian-Dutch cooperation on resilient cities starts in Toronto http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23343-canadian-dutch-cooperation-on-resilient-cities-starts-in-toronto.html dws-canada-nl-resilient-cities-signing-730px
Dutch businesses, research institutes and governments will cooperate more closely with Canadian counterparts on sustainable development of cities.

The Dutch ambassador in Ottawa, Henk van der Zwan (right on top photo), and the Canadian ambassador in the Netherlands, Sabina Nölke (left), formally launched the newly initiated Canadian-Dutch cooperation on 3 February.

The Dutch partnership for resilient cities in Canada will combine the water and energy sectors with integrated urban development and the creative industries. It will focus on Toronto first, and then expand to other cities in Canada.

dws-canada-nl-resilient-cities-toronto-wave-deck-350px   The Wave Deck on the waterfront of Toronto, designed by Dutch urban design office West 8.

Migration to cities
Worldwide more and more people are moving to cities, so there is an ever growing need for solutions for issues to do with energy supply, smart infrastructure and mobility.

To keep cities resilient, Dutch companies, research institutes and governments combine their efforts to deal with these issues and develop solutions together.

Example to Canada
This successful Dutch approach in New York – after hurricane Sandy – and in New Orleans – after hurricane Katrina – did not go unnoticed in Canada.

The combination of knowledge and experience, while working with local stakeholders, is considered unique and valuable for Canadian cities.

Combination of disciplines
The partnership for resilient cities combines various disciplines: special strategies, urban systems, energy, water and land.

The initiative will build upon the positive experiences with Dutch-Canadian co-operation.

Canada and the Netherlands have worked together on urban development projects in the past, such as Waterfront Toronto and Blachford Edmonton.

This news item was originally published on the website Holland Trade & Invest.

Read also on this website
Towards adaptive circular cities with cross sectorial investments combining several goals, 8 June 2016
Five Dutch cities enter on City Deal to bring climate adaptation jointly into practice, 11 March 2016
Cities & water conference: Leeuwarden declaration sets out for ambitious goals on urban water, 12 February 2016
AIWW Aquatech: Cities are innovation hubs to build resilience against floods and droughts, 11 November 2015
Expertise: Resilient cities

More information
Dutch Consulate-General Toronto
Toronto, Canada
+1 416 598 25 34
www.canada.nlembassy.org/consulate-in-toronto

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Safi Sana installs new digester to expand its waste conversion capacity in Accra, Ghana http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23334-safi-sana-installs-new-digester-to-expand-its-waste-conversion-capacity-in-accra-ghana.html dws-safi-sana-full-installation-nijhuis-770pxSafi Sana Ghana Limited Company is expanding its faecal sludge treatment facilities in Accra by processing additional waste streams such as solid waste from the Ashaiman marketplace and the Accra abattoir. This enables Safi Sana to generate more energy that can be supplied to the national grid.

For this the company completed a second large digestion and cogeneration plant (see top photo) supplied by Dutch company Nijhuis Industries.

The social enterprise runs a simple model that sees it collect faecal substance and solid waste, pass them through its factory machines to manufacture organic fertilizer for agricultural purposes, and energy to sustain the national electricity grid.

dws-safi-sana-cogeneration-nijhuis-350px  Cogeneration plant that is fueled by biogas and generates electricity.

More megawatts
“We have a large anaerobic digester”, explained Country manager Raymond Ategbi Okrofu at Safi Sana Ghana, “which has room for all the different strings of waste so it goes through the process of fermentation and the gas is produced, and we direct the gas to power a generator”.

“Presently we are doing almost 1.6 megawatts on a daily basis; but there is the capability to do more if we have clean waste and we enlarge the size of the digester”.

Water re-use
To complete the circular system Safi Sana re-uses the water that is collected from the digester drying beds. This water is used as irrigation water – free of pathogens, full of nutrients - to grow vegetable seedlings in its own greenhouse. The home grown organic fertiliser is used to stimulate the growth. The type of seedlings are selected in close consultation with local farmers and market queens.

dws-safi-sana-scheme-350px Safi Sana model that uses waste to produce fertilizer and electricity.

Replicating to other regions
Okrofu at Safi Sana Ghana said the company’s model to process several waste stream, including the faecal matter from public toilets, is useful and can be scaled or replicated in different regions of the nation.

“Being the initial plant, we were a bit reserved in our design, it can be designed to handle any quantity of waste, but the first plant we have here, it is designed to have 30 metric tons of waste on a daily basis”, he said.


Conglomerate of partners
The technology being used at the company is imported from the Netherlands, and is a scheme of Aqua for All in a conglomerate of commercial and public partners, including Royal HaskoningDHV, Wereld Waternet, African Development Bank and Dutch government, who raised the capital needed to establish the project.

According to Mr. Okrofu, building a similar plant in other regions of the state may cost less, owing to the avoidance of costs such as registration of business and other related services.

Having spent almost three years to finally establish and officially begin operation of the waste management business after a phase of piloting, Safi Sana is optimistic that crafting another system to serve the same purpose on a superior scale, will take less than a year to finish.

This news item is based on an article originally published on the website of Construction Review Online.

Read also on this website
Stockholm World Water Week 2016: Taking sanitation to the next level, 31 August 2016
IFAT 2016: A record of 14 water treatment innovations showcased by Nijhuis Industries, 6 June 2016
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Award winners Salttech and Safi Sana honoured during opening ceremony, 3 November 2015
Country: Ghana
Expertise: Water technology & circular economy

More information
Safi Sana Ghana Ltd
Accra, Ghana
+233 302 97 23 80
www.safisana.org/en

Nijhuis Industries
Doetinchem, the Netherlands
+31 314 749 000
www.nijhuisindustries.com

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Netherlands to host new global centre on climate adaptation http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23301-the-netherlands-to-host-new-global-centre-on-climate-adaptation.html dws-ienm-gceca-graph-dust-storm-680px
The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) will lead the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in the Netherlands.

Together with the global partners, Dutch state secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent on 6 February.

The centre will support countries, institutions and businesses to deal with climate change adaptation issues, such as natural disasters and economic disruptions.

dws-ienm-gceca-siging2-350px  Signing ceremony on the establishment of a centre on climate adaptation, in the Netherlands.

Multitude of risks
On occasion of the signing, state secretary Sharon Dijksma said: “Failure of dealing adequately with climate change will increase a multitude of risks such as natural disasters, social and economic disruptions and increasing political tensions.”

“Many people are looking for good practices and guidance with regard to climate change adaptation”, Dijksma continued. “I am convinced the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation can help addressing these challenges.”

The Dutch government will decide on the location of the centre at short notice.

dws-ienm-gceca-graph-global-temp-350px A warming planet leads to more frequent extreme weather events such as droughts and floods.

Hotter planet
“Even with the Paris Agreement on climate change, our planet is heading for a global warming of around 3 degree Celsuis,” said Ibrahim Thiaw, deputy chief of UN Environment.

“Our survival depends on learning to live on a hotter planet with more extreme weather, erratic rainfall and rising sea levels. This Centre is a welcome step, but other countries need to follow this example and urgently invest in climate adaptation.”

Paris agreement
The historic Paris Climate agreement has made climate change adaptation a top global priority. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, an initiative of The Netherlands, Japan and UN Environment will contribute to building a climate resilient world.

The centre will support those that struggle to put climate adaptation effectively into practice, in all parts of the world. It will collect lessons from recently executed policies, programmes and projects and use those to develop guidance to accelerate climate adaptation.

Support countries and communities
The resulting pool of global knowledge and know-how to understand what works and what doesn’t will be used to support countries, communities and companies to successfully integrate climate adaptation into their investment decisions. In that way, every new road, every construction, every crop field becomes an opportunity to become more resilient.

dws-ienm-gceca-farming-350px  Irrigation and soil management to counter drought are important climate adaptation issues for agriculture.

Parties that are involved in the establishment of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation include: 
● UN Environment Programme
● National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
● Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
● Acclimatise
● Delft University of technology
● Delta Alliance
● Deltares 
● European Investment Bank
● Global Environment Facility
● Kingdom of Morocco
● Munich Climate Insurance Initiative
● Municipality of Rotterdam
● NAP Global Network
● Netherlands Water Partnership 
● Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
● S&P Global 
● SNV Netherlands development organisation;
● Stockholm Environment Institute;
● UNEP DTU Partnership
● Unesco IHE
● Wageningen University and Research
● World Resources Institute
● World Meteorological Organization

This news item was originally published on the website of Dutch government and UNEP.

Read also on this website
COP22: Provision of beehives as a way to decentralise climate adaptation funds, 18 November 2016
Stockholm water week 2016: High level panel on water takes complexity of global water issues on board, 3 September 2016
Adaptation Futures 2016: Climate adaptation costs for developing world to hit 500 billion dollar annual, 13 May 2016
Adaptation Futures 2016: Where is the business case for climate adaptation?, 11 May 2016
COP21: Adaptive planning for river deltas calls for flexible strategies, 10 December 2015

More information
Ministry of Infrastructure and the environment
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 456 00 00
www.government.nl/ministry-of-infrastructure-and-the-environment

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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch partners ready to start water and agriculture project in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23264-dutch-partners-ready-to-start-water-and-agriculture-project-in-bekaa-valley-lebanon.html dws-wur-libanon-bekaa2-770pxWorld Waternet, Acacia Water and Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra) signed an agreement to support Lebanon with Dutch knowledge on water and agriculture.

In February 2017 they will jointly start a project in Lebanon to improve the water infrastructure, to increase the water availability and to increase the production of farmers through better and more efficient water use. The Dutch partners will cooperate with the Bekaa Water Establishment, the water company responsible for drinking water and wastewater in the Bekaa Valley. The Dutch partners signed the agreement on 31 January.

dws-wur-libanon-signing-350px  Signing the agreement for cooperation (from left to right): Bram de Vos (Wageningen Environmental Research), Kenneth Comvalius (World Waternet) and Arjen de Vries (Acacia Water).

Syrian refugees
Over 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon and the availability of drinking water and sanitation is under great pressure. In addition, water for agriculture has become scarce, yet the demand for food is increasing.

Following a visit by a Dutch disaster risk reduction team (DRR-Team) in August last year, the Dutch government and Bekaa Water Establishment, together with financial donors and non-governmental organisations worked out a plan to improve the situation on water and agriculture specifically in the Bekaa Valley.

Along with the Litani River Authority, the water quality of the Litani River will be improved. The project also includes the construction of greenhouses in collaboration with local partners.

Balancing surpluses and shortages
Director Arjen de Vries at Acacia Water "Lebanon as a whole has a positive water balance. Overexploitation only occurs in certain areas. It lacks good water management to balance the local surpluses and shortages of water. By gaining a better insight in the dynamics of the water, we will be able to formulate measures to improve the optimal use of the available water. "

dws-wur-libanon-bekaa3-350pxBetter quality of life
Director Bram de Vos at Wageningen Environmental Research: "Especially in this crisis with so many refugees the quality of life is fragile. Together with our partners we want improve the situation by making available more and cleaner water, more green, better health and quality of life, and more and healthy food."

Sustainable investment
Speaking on behalf of the team of directors of World Waternet, Kenneth Comvalius said: "For more sustainable investments in water infrastructure it is necessary to strengthen the bodies responsible for managing these investments. World Waternet will share its knowledge on water management to contribute to this sustainability.”

Accommodation of Syrian refugees
The project is part of a wider support package by the Dutch government to accommodate Syrian refugees in Lebanon and to support the host community.

Besides activities in the field of water, projects are supported for improving the agricultural sector and promoting employment.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wageningen University and Acacia Water (in Dutch only).

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Dutch Relief Alliance funds 3.9 million euro to combat El Nino effects in Zimbabwe, 15 September 2016
Sino-Dutch consortium completes artificial groundwater recharge facility in Deyang city, China, 26 September 2016
Acacia Water maps water resources to counter droughts and floods in Lokok river catchment, Uganda, 19 August 2016
Kenyan farmers supported for better access to 'smart water' products and services, 15 June 2016
Dutch-Egyptian consortium to assist Egypt to reform its water sector, 3 February 2015
Expertise: Water and agriculture
Country: Lebanon

More information
World Waternet:
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 900 9394
www.worldwaternet.com

Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 480 700
www.wur.nl/en

Acacia Water
Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 182 686 424
www.acaciawater.com/en

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
AIWW conference: Open to dynamic participation on a circular and resilient water future http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23233-aiww-conference-open-to-dynamic-participation-on-a-circular-and-resilient-water-future.html dws-aiww2017-call-dhagimundi-common-goal-770pxUnique teams of multidisciplinary experts, including young water professionals and new tech innovators, working on breakthroughs for real life cases. That is what the organisers of this year’s conference of the Amsterdam International Water Week envision.

For this the organisers call on case owners to submit their water challenges, for example cities and industries wanting to tackle a problem or accelerate the transition to a sustainable production process. The conference also calls on experts, scientists and suppliers to submit their solutions, insights, innovations and best practices. Deadline for submission of cases and solutions is 31 March. 

dws-aiww2017-call-cases-paper-top-350pxDynamic participation
This year’s theme of the conference is ‘Water….and nine billion people’ and focuses on the transition to a circular and resilient water environment in high density living areas.

It aims for a series of agreements where cases owners, and – for example - experts, suppliers, investors, pledge to continue their work until they reach the goals that they have set.

In-depth labs
The organisers hope to Meet, Match and Mix unique teams of multidisciplinary experts, young water professionals, new tech innovators working on new possible solutions, partnerships and financial models.

Besides the case labs and in-depth labs the conference offers inspiring keynote speeches, leaders fora, round table meetings and many networking opportunities.

dws-aiww2017-call-young-professionalsExamples of cases
A case can be a city facing specific water challenges, an industry wishing to reduce its’ water footprint, a region wanting to increase agricultural yield with less water, and more. Dutch cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam and AkzoNobel Performance Coatings were the first pioneers to submit a case.

Examples of solutions
A solution is anything that can help in the transition to circular and resilient water environment in high density living areas. A game changing innovation, an in-depth analyses, a best practice, new scientific insights, financial or governance models, etcetera.

Solutions will be matched to cases or discussed in in depth solution labs, with other leading experts in the same field.

Deadline for submission of cases and solutions is 31 March 2017. Notice of acceptance will be 30 May 2017.
The complete call for cases and solutions is available here

This news item is based on a press release originally published on the website of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

Read also on this website
Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: creating real breakthroughs, 12 October 2016
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Look back on an impelling Amsterdam International Water Week, 12 November 2015
AIWWAquatech 2013: International Water Week and Aquatech show global leadership in innovative urban water technology, 19 November 2013

More information
Amsterdam International Water Week
www.internationalwaterweek.com

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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch and US flood experts hold workshop on impact critical infrastructure in South Florida, USA http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23209-dutch-and-us-flood-experts-hold-workshop-on-impact-critical-infrastructure-in-south-florida-usa.html dws-deltares-florida-clrcle-coast-matthew-770pxTogether with the Broward county and South Florida Water management district, Dutch research institute Deltares held a workshop to analyse cascade effects on critical infrastructure in South Florida, caused by natural hazards such as floods.

The workshop was part of a NOAA climate change project and took place in Delft, the Netherlands, on 27 January.

New software tool
With climate changing, sea levels rising and the constant threat for tropical cyclones, densely populated South Florida is becoming increasingly vulnerable to storm surge flooding.

The last time Florida was severely hit was in September 2016 when hurricane Matthew passed along the coast, damaging many coastal roads (see top photo).

The US-Dutch workshop was attended by important stakeholders - network owners - in the area. The experts analysed the direct impacts and possible cascading effects, using Deltares’ newest software tool Critical infrastructures: relations and consequences for life and environment (Clrcle).

dws-deltares-florida-circle-workshop-burzel-350 Andreas Burzel (Deltares) presenting the software tool CIrcle for stakeholders in South Florida

Touch table
This tool links with an interactive touch table application, enabling experts to visualise and jointly discuss potential relations and dependencies.

During the workshop, the tool can generate important information without the necessity to supply that information in a precise GIS map.

Casual links
For example, a 25 to 50 centimetres of water rise, can cause short-circuits in network control cabinets and, as a result the electricity supply fails, and back-up facilities on industrial areas are needed for three days. These relationships are known as ‘causal links’.

The database supporting CIrcle collects these links and uses them in combination with flood models and open data to visualise the cascading effects. These results can then be presented immediately and assessed by the participants.

dws-deltares-florida-circle-workshop1-350pxFirst out of three workshops
The first workshop - in a total of three workshops - allowed to gather knowledge and data of the experts and stakeholders forms a basis for the total project.

In a second workshop this basis will be visualised in our interactive modelling environment in which the stakeholders can understand how vulnerable objects and networks can influence other networks and they can test the effect of certain measures.

In the end the project will use the knowledge, expertise and data for creating better understanding of the resilience in the area.

Micheline Hounjet, expert on critical infrastructures at Deltares: “The biggest challenge during these kind of workshops is to persuade stakeholders to be open and share information with each other. Only by working together and to see the bigger picture, beyond your own company or region, more effective measures can be taken”.

This news item was originally published on the website of Deltares.

Read also on this website
Deltares holds webinar for companies to get involved in catchment basin management, 10 June 2016
Deltares officially opens big data iD-Lab to assess and visualize global water issues, 29 March 2016
Deltares presents composition of flood maps using satellite data through Google Earth Engine, 17 December 2015
Country: United States

More information
Deltares
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 8273
www.deltares.nl

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Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Research team uses specially-made GPS trackers to chart Irrawaddy river, Myanmar http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23176-research-team-uses-specially-made-gps-trackers-to-chart-irrawaddy-river-myanmar.html dws-tud-irriwaddy-flow-tracers-go2-750px
A team of researchers and students from TU Delft university of technology started a large scale tracer project to chart the flow of the Irrawaddy, Myanmar.

The team uses 15 specially-made GPS trackers and 400 balloons with LED lights to collect data on the variations in the flow rate of the river.

In order to be able to chart a major river such as the Irrawaddy, numerous measurement points are required. Ideally these measurement points are tracked continuously.

dws-tud-irriwaddy-flow-5-gps-tracks-350px  Five GPS-trackers by Disdro before boarding.

Unique GPS tracker
Off-the-shelf GPS beacons are expensive, or lack GSM capabilities. So Delft university of technology, together with the startup Disdro, developed a GPS tracker that records its position on a local SD card every minute, calls in its position every 15 minutes and transmits its location.

As a result, it is also possible to relocate these trackers.

The balloons are low-tech floats with LED-lights. They have different colours, and will be released at various places in the river at established times.

dws-tud-irriwaddy-flow-balloons-350px Balloons with LED-lights connected to coconuts that float with the stream of the river.

Calibration of models
The research team will follow the trackers and balloons for several hundred kilometres over a course of several days.

The number of balloons will also be counted manually from a bridge every 50 to 70 kilometres.

The data is vital to predict future concerns such as fairway (channel) relocation and the spread of contamination.

It will also be used to calibrate a model of the river’s hydraulics and water quality.

The team also plans to use the data to determine the extent to which collecting information on water quality via citizen science can serve as a monitoring system.

This news item was originally published on the website of Delft university of technology.

Read also on this website
Dutch government hands over 150 prikstokken to Myanmar for detection of weak spots in levees, 18 January 2016
DRR-team surprised by quick repaired levees after extreme floods in Myanmar, 10 September 2015
Dutch water experts ready to help flood-stricken Myanmar finding structural solutions, 11 August 2015
● Country: Myanmar

More information
Delft university of technology
Faculty Civil engineering/water resources
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 278 16 46
www.citg.tudelft.nl

Disdro
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 744 0160
www.disdro.com

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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
300 days on, Plymouth’s new Mayflower water treatment works of South West Water takes shape http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23157-300-days-on-plymouth-s-new-mayflower-water-treatment-works-of-south-west-water-takes-shape.html dws-pwnt-south-west-mayflower-ceramacWorkers building a new 60 million UK pound state-of-the-art water treatment works for Plymouth and the surrounding area raised their hard hats in celebration to mark 300 days of progress since construction started. Mayflower is on schedule to become operational in September 2018.

Six-CeraMac process
The plant will use cutting-edge treatment processes, designed and developed by Dutch water technology company PWN Technologies. The new drinking water facility will include the Six-CeraMac process that combines ion-exchange and ceramic membranes for the non-chemical pre-treatment of surface water.

The new Six-CeraMac technology uses suspended ion exchange with resin regeneration system, inline coagulation and ceramic membrane microfiltration. It is the first time that this combined technology has been used in the UK.

dws-pwnt-south-west-mayflower-ceramac-vessel-350px  The high pressure CeraMac vessels that contain the CeraMac membranes. Here seen at water supply station Andijk, the Netherlands.

300 days
In the 300 days since the construction team for South West Water’s Mayflower Water treatment works put the first spade in the ground, in April 2016, the team has:
• laid 5,000 m3 of concrete
• fixed 965 tonnes of steel
• moved 72,000 tonnes of earth
• laid 7,380 m of new pipeline
• issued 808 drawings and 4,042 documents
• worked 122,555 hours without injury

Worldwide interest
The project, the first of its kind in the UK, is also attracting widespread interest from other UK water companies and around the world, as it will use innovative water treatment processes to deliver even cleaner water more efficiently, helping to keep customer bills down.

South West Water’s Managing Director Stephen Bird said: “After years of planning and months of hard work on site it is exciting to see our flagship water treatment works taking shape.

“We’re approaching the halfway point of the construction timetable and while there is plenty more to do, real progress is being made and the team have been working tirelessly in all weathers to ensure we're on target to finish the main building work by next Spring."

This news item was originally published on the website of South West Water.

Read also on this website
PWN Technologies to build Six-Ceramac drinking water plant for South West Water in Plymouth, UK, 17 March 2016
PUB selects PWNT ceramic membrane technology to upgrade Choa Chu Kang water works, Singapore, 30 October 2015
PWN Technologies demonstrates world's first Six-CeraMac plant to international top audience, 14 May 2014
Country: United Kingdom

More information
PWN Technologies 
Velserbroek, the Netherlands 
+31 23 541 3740 
www.pwntechnologies.nl

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Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
The Netherlands grants 2.1 million USD to Mekong River Commission http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23149-the-netherlands-grants-2-1-million-usd-to-mekong-river-commission.html dws-mrc-dutch-grant-flood-770pxThe Government of the Netherlands has granted 2.17 million US dollar to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in support of its MRC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 including the Flood Management and Mitigation Initial Studies.

The agreement was signed by Chief executive officer Dr. Pham Tuan Phan, of the MRC Secretariat and Head cluster water Ms. Karin Roelofs of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign trade and development cooperation.

The signing ceremony took place in Vientiane, Laos on 23 January.

Finalise flood mitigation studies
The grant contributes to the MRC basket fund for the implementation of MRC priorities with one third earmarked to successfully finalise the Flood management and mitigation initial studies.

These initial studies are to demonstrate the formulation of strategic directions to manage existing, future and residual flood risks in selected areas of the Lower Mekong Basin.

Welcome back
“We are glad to welcome the Netherlands back to the MRC as an active development partner after 5 years. The MRC appreciates their support for the MRC flood management and mitigation activities during 2002-2012”, said Dr. Pham Tuan Phan.

Ms. Roelofs reacted: "Through this contribution the Netherlands emphasizes its hopes that a restructured MRC will play an active role in the sustainable development of the Mekong Basin, especially as a broker of impartial knowledge and data”.

dws-mrc-dutch-grant-plan2-350pxFour key result areas
Through this new funding, the MRC will not only be able to finalise its studies, but also conduct other works of high priority in its strategic plan.

During this strategic cycle of 2016-2020, the MRC will focus its work on four key result areas:

- strengthening regional cooperation,
- improving monitoring and communication of conditions in the basin,
- enhancing national plans and projects
- and turning the MRC into a leaner, more effective river basin organization.

In an effort to increase water efficiency in agriculture, the MRC will also strengthen its cooperation with the Netherlands in optimizing water use in agricultural production within the basin.

This news item was originally published on the website of the Mekong River Commission and the Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi.

Read also on this website
Conference on urbanizing river deltas shows importance of uptake of international research, 27 January 2016
Delta Alliance supports Mekong Delta taking next step in safeguarding the delta's values, 18 February 201
Dutch prime minister Rutte commits to implementation of Mekong Delta Plan, Vietnam, 23 June 2014

More information
Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 8 3823 59 32
www.hollandinvietnam.org

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Unesco-IHE: Last call for application fellowship MSc water studies http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23146-unesco-ihe-last-call-for-application-fellowship-msc-water-studies.html dws-unesco-ihe-new-nfpUnesco-IHE water education institute in Delft, the Netherlands, offers the possibility to nominate students who want to follow a 18-month Master of Science study for a NFP fellowship.

The deadline to apply is 31 January.

Fellowship for professionals
Are you a water professional and a national of, including working and living in, one of the 51 countries on the NFP country list? Consider applying to a Master of Science study programme at UNESCO-IHE and be nominated for the fellowship by Unesco-IHE water education institute.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promotes capacity building by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals.

An NFP Fellowship covers all costs associated with completing an 18-month Master of Science study programme at Unesco-IHE.

dws-unesco-fellowships-350pxFour MSc-programmes
Unesco-IHE offers four accredited Master of Science programmes, with a total of 17 specializations:
● water management: the scientific study of water resources with practical planning and management skills
● urban water and Sanitation: water supply, sanitation and water engineering and management, particularly in urban areas
● environmental science : conservation and prudent use of natural resources for the benefit of society
● water science & engineering: hydrological and hydraulic processes and modelling tools for improved water management in coastal zones, river basins and agricultural areas.

Application and required documents must be submitted before 31 January 2017.

This news item was originally published on the website of Unesco-IHE.

Read also on this website
123 water professionals receive their MSc diploma at Unesco-IHE, the Netherlands, 2 May 2016
Unesco-IHE institute for water education celebrates World Water Day, 22 March 2016
Unesco-IHE trains students from small island states to strengthen local water management, 15 February 2016

More information
Unesco-IHE
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 212 29 21
www.unesco-ihe.org

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Salttech wins innovation award at International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23123-salttech-wins-innovation-award-at-international-water-summit-in-abu-dhabi.html dws-salttch-iws-award2-770px-1Dutch water technology supplier Salttech won an innovation award at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

At a 'Dragons Den'-like competition CEO Gerard Schouten at Salttech presented his company’s DyVar desalination technology to a jury of professionals, mainly from the Middle East.

Salttech won the award in the category Industrial. Organiser of the innovation programme of the summit, Piers Clark of Isle Utilities (right on top photo) handed over the award to Gerard Schouten (left) on 18 January.

dws-salttch-iws-stage-350pxGreat worldwide potential
"A great boost and confirmation of the innovative power of Dutch water technology", says Hein Molenkamp, who was present at the summit on behalf of the Water Alliance and the Dutch water technology sector.

"Salttech has won prizes before, it's a very clever innovation with great potential worldwide."

Single process
Salttech has developed and patented the Dynamic Vapor Recovery (DyVar) technology for treating high salinity polluted water in a single step process, using mechanical vapor recompression.

The water evaporates at moderate temperatures through the use of a vacuum and then condensing it in a higher-pressure room. By using a cyclone during this evaporation process, the crystallized salt is separated from the brine by centrifugal force.

Very dry brine
Salttech’s technology provides the first Zero Liquid Discharge process (ZLD) that combines full water recovery with low cost operation.

The advantage of this new technology is that the remaining brine is very dry. It is easy to handle.
DyVar technology is already applied in the oil and gas industry at a location in Texas, USA.

dws-salttech-iwa-stand-350pxFour other finalists
At the International Water Summit Salttech pitched its DyVar desalination technology together with four other finalists with industrial solutions:
● Scalene energy water, India
a waste water treatment and recovery technology based on fine-particle-shortwave-thrombotic-agglomeration-reaction (FPSTAR).
● Enviplan, Germany
a low energy physical water treatment Aquatector technology process for water and wastewater treatment, utilizing micro bubbles for separation of suspended solids and colloids.
● Hydromodel Host, Spain
a cloud based groundwater resources management software designed for planners, managers, aquifer users and technical staff delivering real-time visibility and accurate predictability.
● RS Hydro, UK
the fluorescence based sensor Proteus BOD platform for real-time BOD monitoring.

This news item is based on the original press release (in Dutch only) published on the websites of Salttech and International Water summit.

Read also on this website
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Award winners Salttech and Safi Sana honoured during opening ceremony, 3 November 2015

More information
Salttech
Sneek, the Netherlands
+31 515 200 230
www.salttech.com

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Fugro’s Equator takes aboard last underwater data on MH370 search http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23092-fugro-s-equator-takes-aboard-last-underwater-data-on-mh370-search.html dws-fugro-mh370-waves-770pxOn its last search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, Fugro’s survey vessel Equator, took aboard its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) for the last time to download sonar information of the seabed.

The last search action took place on a hot spot in the Indian Ocean on 16 January. This last scan failed to give any clue on the whereabouts of the missing airplane.

dws-fugro-mh370-equator-770px Fugro's Equator in port of Fremantle harbour, Western Australia.

Hot spot sites
The Equator vessel has now returned to the port of Fremantle harbour, Western Australia.

For this last month of the search, it revisited some hot spot sites of previous sonar contact to examine them more closely with a submersible autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

The AUV used by Furgo can obtain detailed sonar and video data very close to the seabed. It can operate under pressures up to 500 bar which corresponds to a depth of 5,000 m.

Mission suspended
The 3-year search mission led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in a designated search area of 120,000 km came to an end with the return of the Fugro Equator.

Officially the search mission has been suspended unless ‘new evidence emerges’ that points to the plane's precise location.

dws-fugro-mh370-map-survey-area-430px The 120,000 km area of which the seabed now has been fully mapped.

Search area
Flight MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board as it made its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Since then, nothing has been seen of the plane except for pieces of debris that floated to the coasts of various east African countries.

The choice of location of the 120,000 km search area was based on satellite data - the so-called Inmarsat handshakes - as the area most likely to contain the missing aircraft.

Inmarsat engineers noted that the ground station log recorded pings from the aircraft for several hours after contact was lost with air traffic control.

Applying a special developed technique to use the handshake signals from Flight 370 to determine the aircraft's speed and position along the identified arcs, resulted in a southern trajectory over the Indian Ocean.

Read also on this website
Fugro's Equator detects uncharted shipwreck, still no sign of MH370, 20 May 2015
Third Fugro vessel joins search for missing flight MH370, 19 January 2015
Fugro to conduct underwater search MH370, 7 August 2014

More information
Fugro
Leidschendam, the Netherlands
+31 70 311 1422
www.fugro.com/mh370

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
Canberra, Australia
+61 2 6257 4150
www.atsb.gov.au/mh370

Video report on the work and circumstances on the Equator operating in the survey area.

A four minutes footage from the bow of a Fugro vessel showing the enormous waves and the harsh operational conditions in the Indian Ocean.

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch consultant René Noppeney wins Top 25 Global water leaders http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23019-dutch-consultant-rene-noppeney-wins-top-25-global-water-leaders.html  dws-wwi-top25-rhdhv-ifat-770px
A known eccentric on the global water circuit, that is how the trade magazine Water & Wastewater International describes the winner of this Top 25 of Global water leaders: Dutch consultant René Noppeney of Royal HaskoningDHV. The top 3 has a second Dutchman. Mark van Loosdrecht of Delft University of Technology received this year a third place.

René Noppeney is a newcomer on the list, Mark van Loosdrecht held a second place last year.

Water & Wastewater International published it´s Top 25 Global water leaders for the third year in a row on 18 January. According to the magazine it lists the best of the best, global thought leaders in the water and waste water industries.

dws-wwi-top25-rhdhv-ifat-350px  René Noppeney (left) at IFAT 2016 exhibition during the Nereda network lunch. Here seen with managing director Greg Johnston at Aquatec Maxcon, who represents Nereda in Australia.

Leader of Nereda team
In the case of Dutch consultant René Noppeney the magazine praises his high visibility as leader of the Nereda waste water technology team that developed 37 plants in a very short period of time, half already in operation and the remaining in design or construction phases.

In a reaction on the occasion of his election, René Noppeney tells he is overwhelmed. “It is awesome”, he reacts in an interview with chief editor Tom Freyberg. “To be shortlisted, that in itself was a great recognition. But to then get the news that our Nereda team has actually won”.

Activated sludge 2.0
Noppeney feels his election as a recognition for what he calls ‘Activated sludge 2.0’ for treatment of waste water. “The thing that separates it from activated sludge 1.0”, he explains in the interview, “is that we are able to let these bacteria, which are in the flocs of activated sludge, grow in granules without adding any media or additives or chemicals.

Small footprint
“We train them so to speak to grow in granules”, Noppeney continues. “ That has two big advantages. One is the settling capability of the sludge that increases enormously. Hence we can build smaller - up to four times as small in physical footprint - as an conventional activated sludge installation.”

“The other advantage is that within those granules, they organise themselves in a way that we can achieve full nutrient removal within a single reactor tank. So, smaller in footprint and half the energy cost, without chemicals with full nutrient removal."

dws-wwi-top25-loosdrecht-350px The third place is for Dutch professor Mark van Loosdrecht, praised for his creation of the Anammox-bacteria for the removal of nitrogen from waste water and contributing to the fundamental research on the special granule that is used in the Nereda wastewater technology.

Esteemed professional
In the interview Noppeney also mentions the relation between his Nereda-team and the number 3 in the Top 25, Dutch professor Mark van Loosdrecht. “The technology was first developed at Delft University of technology by professor Mark Van Loosdrecht, also in the Top 25 and highly esteemed professional.

“Mark has been a great ambassador for us. We brought the technique from a laboratory to full scale in the Netherlands in co-creation with the research institute of the Dutch Water Authorities, a private-public partnership. After that, we acquired the right to distribute the technology worldwide”.

Strategic partnerships
According to Noppeney it has been a conscious decision for Royal HaskoningDHV to not want to do this alone but to strive for strategic partnerships. “This notion of strategic partnerships is key to being successful at the moment. Globally, the networking environment is much more powerful in terms of creativity and speed than we can develop and roll out on our own. We made a conscious decision to create partnerships and that’s starting to pay off.”

The full Top 25 and the interview with the winner is published on the website of Water & Wastewater International.

Read also on this website
Nereda plant in Rio de Janeiro ready to treat Olympic waste water, 21 June 2016
Professor Mark van Loosdrecht No. 2 in top 25 leaders international water industry, 29 January 2016
Royal HaskoningDHV increases market access for its Nereda technology in Spain, Portugal and South Africa, 2 December 2015
Interview with winner of the Singapore Lee Kuan Yew water prize 2012: professor Mark van Loosdrecht, 28 June 2012

More information
Royal HaskoningDHV
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+31 88 348 20 00
www.rhdhv.com

Delft University of Technology
Department of Biotechnology
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 27 81618
www.bt.tudelft.nl

 

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Floodex Europe becomes third main attraction of Amsterdam International Water Week http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/23006-floodex-europe-becomes-third-main-attraction-of-amsterdam-international-water-week.html dws-floodex-aiww-aquatech-770px
The first European edition of Floodex takes place simultaneously with Aquatech Amsterdam and AIWW conference during the Amsterdam International Water Week at the end of this year.

The Amsterdam International Water Week attracts over 20,000 international water professionals, and will help to make the European edition of Floodex the biggest event in the world, specifically for flood protection, mitigation, disaster recovery and surface water management in rural, urban and coastal regions.

The Amsterdam International Water Week will take place from 30 October till 3 November. Floodex Europe will take place on 31 October and 1 November.

dws-floodex-europe-signing-350px  Signing of the cooperation agreement by the two organisers with Jon Irwin (Floodex- left) Bas Dalm (AmsterdamRAI - right) and Annette Bos (AmsterdamRAI - standing).

Doubling of floods in Europe
FloodEx is an existing exhibition on protection against flooding by excessive rain in the United Kingdom, organised by the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) which is recognised as the national representative for Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in England and Wales.

As urbanization is rapidly increasing and climate change leads to more intense precipitation, flooding is high on the agenda all over the world, and certainly in Europe.

The frequency of severe flooding across Europe is set to double by 2050 and over the same period there could be a nearly fivefold increase in the annual economic losses resulting from floods, a study has found.

The frequency of severe flooding across Europe is set to double by 2050 and over the same period there could be a nearly fivefold increase in the annual economic losses resulting from floods, a study has found.

The start of Floodex Europe meets the growing demand for equipment, solutions and products to combat this danger.

dws-floodex-uk2-350px First Floodex UK last year.

Building on British success
Floodex Europe is jointly organized by AmsterdamRAI – the organisers of Aquatech Amsterdam – and Indigo media & event – the organisers of the successful first UK edition.

"During recent editions of Aquatech Amsterdam we have seen an increasing interest for flood management," said director of Aquatech global event Annette Bos at RAI Amsterdam. "The launch of FloodEx Europe with our partner Indigo offers exhibitors and visitors the chance to take their business activities in this vital area to a higher level."

Event director Jon Irwin at Floodex UK states: "We are very pleased to confirm our cooperation with Amsterdam RAI and the possibility to bring our exhibition concept to an European level.”

“With 70 percent of the flooding caused by surface water and an increasing urbanization, the challenges in terms of water level management and flood reduction only increase”, Irwin adds.

dws-floodex-aiww-poster-350pxWider range of water issues
The new Floodex exhibition contributes to the even wider range of water-related events of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW). The central theme of this fourth edition is to build a circular economy and increase resilience in cities, public facilities and industries.

"It's fantastic that we can welcome Floodex Europe”, says AIWW CEO Lennart Silvis. “The combination of Floodex Europe and Aquatech enables us to present a wider range of innovative solutions for water issues. And that fits in perfectly with the AIWW conference.”

The three main events of AIWW 2017 are:
● Aquatech Amsterdam 2017 on 31 October till 3 November
● Amsterdam International Water Week Conference 2017 on 30 October till 2 November
● Floodex Europe 2017 on 31 October and 1 November

Floodex UK will be held in Peterborough, United Kingdom, on 17 and 18 May.

Read also on this website
Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: creating real breakthroughs, 12 October 2016
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Look back on an impelling Amsterdam International Water Week, 12 November 2015
AIWW Aquatech 2015: Opening ceremony marks tremendous global water challenges ahead, 2 November 2015

More information
Floodex (general & UK)
+44 203 290 40 66
www.floodexeurope.com

Floodex Europe (outside UK)
AmsterdamRAI
+31 20 549 12 12
mark.boddeke@rai.nl

Amsterdam International Water Week
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 37 08
www.internationalwaterweek.com

Impression of the first Floodex exhibition held in Peterborough, UK, in 2016.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
New company Holland Floating Solutions offers hybrid floating constructions http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22968-new-company-holland-floating-solutions-offers-hybrid-floating-constructions.html dws-holland-floating-pavilion-rotterdam2Three Dutch companies specialised in floating constructions, Floatbase, Bartels&Vedder and FlexBase, have joined forces in Holland Floating Solutions.

By combining their expertise and experiences the companies are able to offer hybrid constructions, combining the modular Holcon system for heavy floating buildings such as a multilevel restaurant, or the modular EPS system for lighter constructions such as a floating greenhouse.

The new company expects to build a first ‘hybrid’ floating platform on the Danube, in Budapest, Hungary.

dws-holland-floating-ferry-terminal-malaysia-350px   Impression of the construction of the floating platform for a ferry terminal on Kenyir Lake, Malaysia, designed by Bartels&Vedder.

Multi-purpose floating platforms
The speciality of Holland Floating Solutions is the design and construction of floating platforms for many different purposes, ranging from floating houses, floating solar panels, floating exposition halls, floating farms, floating green houses, and even a floating ferry terminal.

Together the three companies have experience with all these designs.

First hybrid on Danube
“Depending on the dimensions, shape and the weight of the whole construction, we can select the best options for the platform”, adds Mark van Ommen who represents the new cooperation.

“We will mainly focus on floating projects with the possibility to use a combination of different floating concepts, that we like to call hybrid solutions”.

According to Van Ommen Holland Floating Solutions has been invited to build a 1,000 m2 pilot platform on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. “With the pilot we will be able to collect important data for a final full size hybrid platform”.

dws-holland-floating-maintenance-indonesia-350px Floating maintenance building in Indonesia, designed by Flexbase.

About the companies
Floatbase has many years of experience in floating concrete hull constructions and floating project development. A few examples of its projects are the floating village in Amsterdam. The focus of Floatbase is mainly on floating project development and realisation,

Bartels & Vedder is a leading engineering firm on floating constructions, including a floating farm in Rotterdam and the floating Ferry Terminal in Kenyir Lake, Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia.

It uses innovative solutions like a light weight floating composite/steel structure basements and the prefab floating Holcon element.

FlexBase develops and constructs floating foundations based on the patented EPS (styrofoam) concept. It has experience and know-how with building directly on water and realised large scale floating projects like the floating pavilion in Rotterdam (on top photo), the floating house project in Manila and floating solar panels in Singapore.

Read also on this website
Joint venture Amphidesh introduces affordable floating homes in Bangladesh, 17 June 2016
FlexBase to realize floating platform for low-cost housing in Laguna Lake, Manila, Philippines, 5 October 2015
Deltas 2014: Concept of floating cities grabs imagination at international congress on river deltas, 26 September 2014

More information
Holland Floating Solutions
Mark van Ommen
+31 6 224 77 974

www.flexbase.eu
www.floatbase.nl
www.bartelsvedder.nl

Video of the construction of a floating ferry terminal consisting of six different buildings, in Malaysia with Holcon concrete elements by Bartels & Vedder.

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Royal Boskalis steps ahead in Oman http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22952-royal-boskalis-steps-ahead-in-oman.html dws-boskalis-duqm-aerial-770pxDutch dredging company Royal Boskalis Westminster has received a Letter of Intent for a contract to develop the port of Duqm in Oman.

The contract will be awarded by Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (Sezad) and has a value of approximately 480 million euro. The final award is subject to Sezad satisfying certain conditions.

Bulk liquid berth terminal
The contract includes the engineering, design, procurement and construction of a bulk liquid berth terminal.

The Port of Duqm is a an existing strategic dry dock and industrial free trade zone located in the Al Wusta Region between Muscat and Salalah and has been designated as a Special Economic Zone.

dws-boskalis-duqm-helios-350px  Mega cutter Helios is still under construction and is to be delivered by mid-2017. Here seen in port of Rotterdam.

Deepening of port basin
Various dredging and civil activities will be executed under the responsibility of Boskalis, including the deepening of the port basin to a depth of 18 meters.

Other activities include reclamation of new land, the construction of a quay wall with a length of one kilometer, a double berth jetty island and stone revetment.

Mega cutter
The dredging scope will be executed by the new mega cutter Helios, which will be taken into service mid-2017, and a jumbo hopper and medium-sized trailer suction hopper dredger.

Based on the current expectations, the design activities are due to commence in the coming weeks and equipment will be mobilized mid-2017. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

This news item was originally published on the website of Boskalis.

Read also on this website
Royal Boskalis contracted by Vattenfall for construction Aberdeen offshore wind farm, UK, 22 July 2016
New Suez Canal project finished with record-breaking dredge production, 6 August 2015
Unesco-IHE signs memorandum of understanding with MEDRC research centre, Oman, 17 February 2015
Water-related projects important show cases during visit Queen Beatrix to Oman, 15 January 2012

More information
Royal Boskalis Westminister
Papendrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 696 9000
www.boskalis.com

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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
World Economic Forum: Dutch prime minister Rutte highlights Valuing Water Initiative http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22915-world-economic-forum-dutch-prime-minister-rutte-highlights-valuing-water-initiative.html dws-hlpw-rutte-davos-770pxPrior to the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos on 17 January Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte wrote a weblog specially addressing the world’s global water issues.

During the next annual forum meeting the new Global Risks Report will be discussed. As last year’s report, the new report ranks the water issue as the number three future risk for economic development.

In his weblog Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte advocates to make the economic value of water more explicit. “Bottom line is this: not valuing water comes at costs”, he writes prior to the forum meeting as one of the members of UN’s High Level Panel on Water (HLPW).

dws-hlpw-rutte-last-year-350px  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at last year's edition of the World Economic Forum.

Addressing water scarcity and floods
According to Rutte it has been estimated that if water managing fails to address water scarcity, the GDP of some countries might be 6 percent lower by 2050.

“In practice, all water management decisions value water and make trade-offs between sectors, countries and generations. An obvious and direct way of valuing water is the pricing of water usage, pollution and protection against flood risk’, the Dutch prime minister continues to write.

“Yet, these water pricing initiatives only cover part of the values of water. Other values are more difficult to monetise such as social development and cross-boundary and cross-generation trade-offs.

While you can put a price on scarcity, it’s much harder to put a monetary value on ritual bathing, water recreation, passing on a healthy ecosystem to future generations or enabling more girls to go to school by making water and sanitation easily available.”

dws-hlpw-wef-rutte-top3-risks-350px Again a third place for water, as a major risk for economic growth for the next ten years, regarded by 750 experts.

Initiative for a dedicated platform
Rutte forecasts that more water will be re-used over and over again and as a member of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) he calls for the Forum’s community to engage with the Valuing Water Initiative of the panel.

The panel launched an action plan in September last year and one of its actions is to initiate a dedicated multi-stakeholder platform to continue improving global practices on valuing water after the HLPW has completed its mandate in 2018.

“Our goal is to present a comprehensive and hands-on tool by as early as 2018, to improve global practices on valuing water. For that we need contributions and best practices from around the globe. You can find more information here”, the Dutch prime minister concluded his blog.

dws-hlpw-rutte-cover-risk-report-350pxComplex social issues
The new Global Risks Report 2017 shows that inequality, political polarization and climate change are increasingly regarded as potential risks for economic development.

“Not globalisation but the fourth industrial revolution is the driver of these pressures”, said chief risk officer Cecilia Reyes of Zurich Insurance Group at the press presentation of the report.

Reyes advocated for better social protection systems to balance the risks and rewards of the global economic development. Negative effects such as the low interest rates put too much a burden on individuals", she pointed out.

“The issues of inequality and polarization are far too complex to be handled in silo’s”, Reyes continued. “Collations between states and stakeholders at micro, macro and global levels are needed to find solutions”, she said.

Read the full weblog by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte on the website of the World Economic Forum.

Read the full Global Riks Report 2017.

See the full panel discussion of the Global risk report at the World Economic Forum website.

Read also on this website
Stockholm World Water Week 2016: High level panel on water takes complexity of global water issues on board, 3 September 2016
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte appointed to joint UN and World Bank high-level panel on water, 22 April 2016
The Netherlands is fully committed to next leap forward on sustainable development goals, 27 September 2015

More information
High Level Panel on Water
www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org/HLPWater

World Economic Forum
www.weforum.org

 

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Fugro contracted for 5-year subsea services with Inpex in Australia http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22901-fugro-contracted-for-5-year-subsea-services-with-inpex-in-australia.html dws-fugro-iunpex-skandi-olympia-770pxFugro has been awarded a contract from Inpex Operations Australia for subsea services to be executed across the Ichthys facilities in the Timor Sea, located approximately 220 kilometres from the coast of Western Australia.

Inpex is Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company. It operates a complex network of subsea infrastructure and equipment for the recovery and processing of natural gas in the Ichthys field.

dws-fugro-inpex-ichthys-facilities-350px

 One of the rigs used by Inpex in the Ichthys field, here seen in South Korea in September 2015 where it was build.

Inspection, repair and maintenance
The five year contract encompasses field operations support, inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services and will run for five years, with options to extend.

The work will be performed under Fugro's QHSE system, which is in accordance with industry leading QHSE and operational standards.

Optimal utilisation
Divisional director marine and member of the Board of management Mark Heine at Fugro: “We are pleased to have secured this long term contract, supporting vessel utilisation in the current challenging oil and gas market."

"This IRM contract fits well within our asset integrity business line", Heine continued, "which centers around inspection and monitoring services, supporting optimal utilisation and longevity of our clients’ infrastructure.”

This news item was originally published on the website of Fugro.

(on top photo: Fugro's vessel Skandi Olympia purpose-built for offshore infrastructure and equipped with a 150 HP FCV 3000 work class ROV system)

Read also on this website
Fugro contracted for site investigation offshore windpark, Massachusetts, USA, 26 October 2016
Fugro deploys its Q1400 trenchers at three North Sea oil and gas projects, 21 June 2016
Fugro awarded five year contract for subsea inspection, repair and maintenance services with Shell, Malaysia, 17 February 2014
Van Oord wins Ichthys dredging contract in Darwin harbour, Australia, 11 June 2012
● Country: Australia

More information
Fugro
Leidschendam, the Netherlands
+31 70 311 1422
www.fugro.com

 

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster awarded flagship development project Port of Dover, UK http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22881-volkerstevin-and-boskalis-westminster-awarded-flagship-development-project-port-of-dover-uk.html dws-vsbw-dover-poster3-770pxVSBW, a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster, has been appointed as the main contractor for the marine civil engineering stage of the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

The Port of Dover has awarded the joint venture a 115 million UK pound contract, which represents a substantial part of the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the port.

dws-vsbw-dover-impression-350pxTransformation waterfront
The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development will transform Dover’s waterfront with a new marina pier, and also includes a relocation and further development of Dover's cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre.

This creates greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic to the European continent.

Two new berths
The first stage of the awarded contract includes the design and construction of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation as well as a new marina pier, the marina curve, navigation channel and new lock gates, bascule bridge and capital dredging work.

Following key enabling works, this major phase of the construction programme is set to begin within the next few weeks and is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.

dws-vsbw-dover-marina-350pxMore efficient ferry operations
Chief executive Tim Waggott at Port of Dover, said: “Together with VSBW, we are delivering the essential building blocks from which we can develop a new cargo terminal and distribution centre. This also provides the opportunity to enhance the efficiency of our ferry operations through the creation of a dedicated ferry terminal as well as a transformed waterfront.”

Managing Director Rob Coupe at VolkerStevin, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the contract by the Port of Dover to design and build this stage of the Dover Western Docks Revival. Our extensive experience in managing complex marine projects leaves us well qualified to deliver this significant scheme.’’

Dredging and reclamation
Boskalis Westminster will undertake dredging, reclamation and compaction work.

Managing Director Paul de Jong at Boskalis Westminster said: “We look forward to bringing our UK and international experience of dredging and related works to this prestiguous, nationally significant infrastructure project and renewing our long association with the Port of Dover.”

The revival of the western part of the Port estate also supports the developing destination agenda for Dover, being identified as the key catalyst for the wider regeneration of the area.

This news item was originally published on the website of VolkerStevin.

Read also on this website
VBA joint venture to start work on tidal barrier at Ipswich, UK, 17 November 2015
Boskalis Westminster to dredge Portsmouth harbour for bigger Royal Navy aircraft carriers, 30 June 2015
VolkerStevin and Boskalis started dredging for expansion Port of Felixstowe, UK, 15 April 2014

More information
Royal Boskalis Westminster
Fareham, UK
+44 1489 885 933
www.boskalis.com

VolkerStevin
Preston, UK
+44 1772 708 620
www.volkerstevin.co.uk

Animation of the Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

 

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Van Oord awarded contract Marginal da Corimba land reclamation project in Luanda, Angola http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22874-van-oord-awarded-contract-marginal-da-corimba-land-reclamation-project-in-luanda-angola.html dws-van-oord-angola-luanda-waterfront-770px
A consortium of Dutch dredging company Van Oord and Angolan company Urbinveste – Promoção e Projectos Imobiliários has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of the Marginal da Corimba project in Luanda, Angola.

The contract has been signed with the Angolan government and for Van Oord’s share of 400 million US dollar it contains a financing agreement arranged by ING Bank and a credit insurance provided by Atradius Dutch State Business.

dws-van-oord-angola-impression-350pxCongestion issues
The growing number of inhabitants and vehicles requires the capital city of Luanda to expand and provide solutions to alleviate the current congestion issues.

The Marginal da Corimba project aims to revitalize the area of Samba, Corimba and Futungo de Belas, with the purpose of improving the quality of life of the population.

The new area will serve the purpose for the construction of the Marginal da Corimba highway, future fishery port, marina and real estate development.

dws-van-oord-angola-luanda-dredger-350pxLand reclamation
Therefor an area of 400 hectares will be reclaimed along the coast of Luanda and will be protected by various rock revetments and breakwaters.

The rock required for the project will be procured from local quarries.

Van Oord will deploy various dredging equipment on this project which is expected to be completed mid-2019.

This news item was originally published on the website of Van Oord.

Read also on this website
Van Oord signs agreement on construction deep-water port Porto Central, Brazil, 14 October 2016
Van Oord completes ground improvement on reclaimed land for Al-Zour refinery, Kuwait, 5 September 2016
Boskalis awarded three port and river dredging contracts in Angola, Gabon and Senegal, 25 June 2015

More information
Van Oord
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 826 00 00
www.vanoord.com

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Unesco-IHE and RIVM trained management Suriname Water Company on Water Safety Plans http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22857-unesco-ihe-and-rivm-trained-management-suriname-water-company-on-water-safety-plans.html dws-unesco-ihe-suriname-water-tower-742px
The Suriname Water Company (SWM) recently started the implementation of Water Safety Plans (WSPs). The inception phase included a tailor-made training by water education institute Unesco-IHE and the Dutch National Institute of public health and the environment (RIVM).

dws-unesco-ihe-suriname-water-certificates-350pxInteractive lectures and exercises
The SWM staff has been trained on the last steps of a WSP, monitoring practices and management and communication, through interactive lectures and exercises.

Participants drafted operational monitoring and verification plans specific for the two plants, as well as a generic list of supporting programmes and management procedures that could be applied to the water company.

Participants reflected on how and when to revise the newly developed WSPs. In the second part of the training, participants gained ‘hands-on’ experience while developing four new WSPs with the support of the trainers.

dws-unesco-ihe-suriname-water-tower-350pxWater safety plans
The framework of the Water Safety Plan (WSP) has been developed by the World Health Organization; this approach encompasses all the steps in water supply from catchment to consumers, to ensure the safety of drinking water.

In total a WSP consists of 11 steps, the main steps include system description, identification of hazards and hazardous events that can affect the safety of the water supply, assessment of the corresponding risks, validation of the control measures in place, definition of an improvement plan and demonstration that the system is consistently safe.

Water supply in Suriname
The Suriname Water Company (SWM) is now in charge of operating 33 water supply systems in the coastal area, but will be responsible for the water supply in the whole coastal area by 2024.

This will include the water utilities which are now operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The training was sponsored by Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education EP-Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of foreign affairs.

This news item was originally published on the website of Unesco-IHE.

More information
Unesco-IHE
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 212 29 21
www.unesco-ihe.org

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Dutch study shows reduction of industrial water use by softening cooling water http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22823-dutch-study-shows-reduction-of-industrial-water-use-by-softening-cooling-water.html dws-tki-cooling-aerial-chemelot-770pxSoftening of makeup water for industrial cooling water systems can result in reduced use of water and chemicals. This is the outcome of a modelling study on cooling water systems, based on two cases at large Dutch industrial plants.

The study is part of the national Dutch TKI research programme on water technology.

Corrosion prevention
Industry uses open recirculating cooling water systems on a large scale for the dissipation of low-grade, excess heat to the outside air.

Due to evaporation the recirculated cooling water thickens and, in order to avoid the build-up of excessively high salt concentrations (scaling, corrosion), it is necessary to drain off some of the water and top up the system with fresh makeup water.

In order to prevent scaling, corrosion and microbiological growth (bio-film formation) chemicals are constantly added to the recirculating cooling water.

dws-tki-cooling-graphic-350px  Relative costs savings for a 13 MWth indirect cooling system at the Tata Steel plant in the Netherlands, for three different softening technologies. In red = water, green = chemicals, blue = equipment and purple = energy.

Softening makeup water
According to the researchers, model calculations have shown that the softening of the makeup water for cooling water systems can result in a reduction in the consumption of both water and chemicals.

This is because a higher thickening factor can be maintained, increasing the number of cycles of concentration.

In addition, the traditional, relatively complex conditioning programmes can be replaced by a conditioning programme that uses only base chemicals such as sodium chloride, sodium hydroxide and sodium carbonate.

Whether partial softening of makeup water is indeed economically feasible, depends on the local availability of water, the costs of the water and the energy costs.

The researchers recommend that softening of makeup water is considered when designing cooling water systems because this can potentially be a less expensive and more sustainable solution.

Three softening technologies
The economic feasibility of partial softening, is strongly influenced by the local availability of water, the costs of water and the costs of energy.

Of three scenarios with different softening technologies that were studied, it appeared that the combination of cation and anion exchange (CIEX/AIEX) is the most beneficial based on operational costs.

This is mainly due to the relatively high investment costs (and depreciation costs) of pellet softening, which forms part of the other two scenarios.

Download full report (as pdf-file): Cooling water conditioning in the future

This news item was originally published on the website of KWR Water cycle institute.

More information
TKI Water technology
c/o KWR Watercycle research institute
Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
+31 30 606 95 75
frank.oesterholt@kwrwater.nl

 

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Welcome 2017: All eyes on shorter water loops and High Level Panel on Water http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/22775-welcome-2017-all-eyes-on-shorter-water-loops-and-high-level-panel-on-water.html dws-2017-outlook-poster-met-tekst-770px-2(editorial by Jac van Tuijn)

Let’s head into 2017. What will it bring to the water sector? Gazing in the crystal ball we see a fast changing world with many potential crises, making forecasts trickier than ever. Nevertheless, we give it a try.

dws-2017-outlook-flint-water-tower-350px  The water crises in the town of Flint, US, was a wakeup call for drinking water professionals worldwide and put the water and health issue back on the international agenda.

Aging water infrastructure
It is very likely that in 2017 an athlete will break the 2-hour marathon barrier. Unfortunately there are no such sharp defined achievements to be expected in the water sector, other than two gatherings of the global water community that are planned: the annual World Water week in Stockholm (in August) and the biannual Amsterdam International Water Week (in November).

All other forecasts are about slow developments. Such as the uplift of the European economy, allowing national and regional authorities to increase their budgets for water infrastructure again.

This is urgently needed as – in the Western world as a whole – the existing water infrastructure is aging and needs replacement urgently.

This also goes for the United States. Last year it was confronted with a serious water crises in the city of Flint where cost-cutting measures led to tainted drinking water. A wakeup call for all drinking water professionals worldwide with a lasting effect in 2017. Budget savings put the water and health issue back on the agenda.

President-elect Donald Trump addressed the aging US infrastructure in his election campaign and promised an uplift of investments with the benefit of creating more middle class jobs.

dws-2017-outlook-wwd-350pxWasted water
Investments in water infrastructures can also be expected in emerging economies, as governments face more and more the negative effects of economic growth on the environment and the potential degradation on natural resources, including the availability of clean water.

So there has been a good reason to select ‘waste water treatment’ as this year’s theme of World Water Day on 22 March. Considering the growing awareness for the negative effects of economic growth, the most profound expression this year may well become: there is no waste water, only wasted water.

Shorter water loops
But, what about the replacement? Will the new water infrastructure be the same as the old, with the only difference that it uses the latest energy-efficient technologies? Or will water utilities in 2017 sharply break with their traditional large-scale centralized water treatment systems and embrace new – more circular - water cycle concepts with local treatment and recovery?

These new concepts with shorter water loops often proof to be more expensive, so a sharp break makes no sense. However, with more extreme weather events ahead and longer periods of drought, it is an inevitable route.

Even in a water-rich country as the Netherlands, water utilities and large industrial water users start looking into shorter, more circulair, urban water cycles.

dws-2017-outlook-wff-scheme-450px   Scheme of the Water Financing Facility that blends multiple financial resources for water utilities. This facility has been developed and is promoted in close cooperation with the Dutch water sector.

Innovative financing
In poor cities and poor rural areas the water problems are fundamentally different and in 2017 the focus of the global water community will be on finding additional financial resources. An issue that is high on the agenda of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) and wholeheartedly supported by the Dutch water sector.

To be able to achieve universal access to clean water and sanitation by 2030, local water markets must break free of a vicious financial circle. Poor households are unwilling to pay higher tariffs for the poor services they get from the water utilities. Subsequently utilities lack money to improve their facilities, and investors refuse to step in because they fear corruption and intervention by politicians who lower the tariffs to favour voters.

Not to mention the growing migration to the cities, lack of resiliency against disasters, more water-related diseases, that all adds up to make the poor getting poorer.

So keep an eye on the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), formed by the World Bank and United Nations, as in 2017 it will further define a new global water agenda.

dws-2017-outlook-aiww-steer-350px President Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute at the 2015-edition of the Amsterdam International Water Week, explaining the need for a more circular water supply.

Sustainable water use
In 2017 the Dutch water sector will host the biannual Amsterdam International Water Week and you are all invited to come to Amsterdam in November and join the AquaTech Amsterdam trade fair and the AIWW conference on sustainable water use.

New for the conference is the matching of concrete international water cases to the right international experts and leaders.

By means of in-depth labs the organisers intend to achieve real breakthroughs in sustainable water use and transition to a more circular economy. The call for cases and abstracts closes on 17 April.

The Dutch water sector realizes that water does not stop at borders and invites everybody to team up in 2017 for the development of long term solutions.

Global water challenges… joint solutions. Let’s work together!dws-2017-outlook-nwp-big-challenges-770px

More information
Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700 
www.nwp.nl

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