Dutch Water Sector http://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Dutch armed forces facilitate field tests for promising water technologies in Mali http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24788-dutch-armed-forces-facilitate-field-tests-for-promising-water-technologies-in-mali.html dws-mali-sunglacier-twin-desert-770pxThe Dutch Ministry of Defence invited teams of SunGlacier and The Hague University to its military camp in Mali, to test three new mobile water technologies under the extreme dry and hot weather conditions in the desert.

Most remarkable was the achievement by SunGlacier that harvested a small amount of water from the air by using a 3 Euro peltier cooling element from a computer. The field test was conducted at a temperature of 45 degree Celsius and an air humidity below 5 percent.

The other two technologies were a compressor to produce water from air and a compact device for the production of drinking water from rivers, lakes or pools. The collected water samples ate in the process of being analysed on the drinking water quality.

The teams returned last week and presented their results at a press conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 25 April. 

dws-mali-sunglacier-middendorp-350px  Commander of the Dutch armed forces, general Tom Middendorp told at the press conference that there were several good reasons to facilite the field tests.

Desert conditions
The Netherlands chief of defence, general Tom Middendorp, personally invited the two teams to do the field tests at the military camp near Goa, Mali.

The Dutch armed forces operate the camp since April 2014 to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization (Minusma) mission in Mali.

According to Middendorp there were plenty of reasons for him to support these field tests under desert conditions. “Just image if there were small, inexpensive devices available that can produce drinking water all over the world.”

There is also an own interest, the general admitted, referring to the logistics of the military camp. “For our military camp in Mali we have to bring in large quantities of drinking water and these technologies can potentially make the camp more self-sufficient. By reducing the use of groundwater the camp has less impact on the water resources of the local people ”.

dws-mali-sunglacier-twin-desert-350px. SunGlacier team with inventor and artist Ap Verheggen (standing) and solar specialist Peter van Geloven working on their Twin Desert device

Below dew point
Two of the three new water technologies concerned the harvesting of water from the desert air. The challenge was to cool down the hot desert air to below the dew point.

SunGlacier has designed a solar-powered, water maker based on Peltier technology that operates without needing batteries or a current inverter.

A solar panel generates power for an 18W Peltier element, which cools a cone-shaped aluminium block to below the ambient dew point. The water condensates on the cone and drips down.

This device can generate only small quantities of water, and the SunGlacier team took the opportunity to also test its Desert Twin system using solar-driven compressor.

Potentially this technology can produce water from desert air in larger quantities.

Initially it proved to be too hot for the system to produce water from the air, but eventually the SunGlacier team managed to cool down the air inside the device to below the dew point.

dws-mali-boomym3-350px Engineers Damon Golriz (front) and Emad Khatibzadeh analysing the results of the EDI treatment of the river water.

Treatment of river water
The third technology involved, was on the treatment of water from the nearby Niger river. Engineers for peace Emad Khatibzadeh and Damopn Golriz, had the opportunity to test the latest version of the desalination system based on a combination of electrodeionization (EDI) technology and UV filtration.

In close cooperation with the Hague University, this new desalination device is being developed to provide cheap drinking water or irrigation water in remote areas with no electricity grid.

A prototype has already produced 20 litres in an hour, using as little as 200 Watt input from a solar panel. In Mali a version has been tested with new components.

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Country: Mali

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+31 6 265 58 955

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+31 70 445 8888

Video impression of the field test on the Facebook page of the Dutch ministry of Defence.dws-afbeelding-videomali-fb-defensie

Video showing SunGlacier's 'cheapest' water from air device.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch scientists chart coastal flooding: 50 percent more people at risk in 2080 http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24755-dutch-scientists-chart-coastal-flooding-50-percent-more-people-at-risk-in-2080.html dws-deltares-coastal-flooding-world-map-770pxThe combination of land subsidence and sea-level rise will increase the coastal flood prone zones in the world and increase the number of people exposed to the risk of flooding by 20 million in 2080.

Researchers Dirk Eilander of Deltares and Philip Ward of VU University Amsterdam presented this outcome of their study at the annual assembly of European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria, on 25 April.

Eilander and Ward studied the risk of flooding on all coasts throughout the world until the end of this century. For this they extended the Aqueduct global flood analyser tool that now also includes data on coasts and seawater level.

Coastal zones with increasing potential flood victims are located in four countries: China, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia (see top map: grey = baseline of people exposed to coastal flooding 1:100; bleu = additional numbers because of sea level rise).

dws-deltares-egu-eilander-350px Reseacher Dirk Eilander at Deltares presenting the results of the study at the press conference in Vienna.

Coastal flood hazard
The existing Aqueduct platform, launched by Deltares and World Resource Institute in 2015, charts the river flood prone areas worldwide.

Eilander and Ward teamed up with other researchers to extend the use of this platform to include coastal flooding and integrate data about changes in seawater levels, as well as global land subsidence in combination with the probabilities of spring tides.

According to Dirk Eilander the new figures provide a good picture of where risk levels are highest around the world. “Although some large countries stand out in absolute numbers, the generally smaller island states will be affected most in relative terms”, he added.

Simulate tides and storms
For the first time, the researchers have used physically-based models with global coverage to simulate tides and storms at sea. Moreover, a new method has been used to chart coastal flooding worldwide more accurately.

The geographical data and elevation data for the coastal areas have been entered accurately in the models used, taking into account steep or gentle slopes and local vegetation.

Buildings and population densities on the coasts were used to map out flood impacts.

The extended Aqueduct tool will make it easier for coastal populations to understand their flood risk and how it might change in the future.

dws-deltares-egu-scheme-350px Researchers used new method to simulate tides and storms at sea.

Concentration in four countries
Ten percent of the world's population live in low-lying areas less than ten metres above sea level. Many of these areas are at risk of flooding.

The expectation is that, as a result of sea-level rise and land subsidence, 50 percent more people could be affected in 2080 by severe floods that occur once every hundred years.

Population growth and migration have not been included in this estimate.

The extension of the Aqueduct platform has not quite been completed yet. The platform will be made available to the general public this year.

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

Read also on this website
Deltares officially opens big data iD-Lab to assess and visualize global water issues, 29 March 2016
Global Flood Risk Analyzer: 54 million people affected by river floods by 2030, 5 March 2015
Expanding build-up areas on floodplains major driver for fast growing flood risks, not climate change, 31 December 2015
WRI and four Dutch research institutes team up to develop Aqueduct flood analyser, 1 October 2014

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 8273 

See recording of full press conference on water hazards at EGU2017.

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Loss of wetlands in Sahel linked to migration into Europe http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24736-loss-of-wetlands-in-sahel-linked-to-migration-into-europe.html dws-wetlands-launch-sahel-700pcDutch-based organisation Wetlands International will release a publication in Brussels on 3 May that links the loss of wetlands in the Sahel region to increased social tensions and involuntary migration into Europe.

The foundation that strives for the protection of wetlands worldwide, has announced the launch of its report that is titled Water Shocks: Wetlands and Human Migration in the Sahel.

Devastating water infrastructure
In the announcement Wetlands International states that development schemes are undermining the livelihoods of some of the most vulnerable and poor inhabitants of the Sahel, due to loss and degradation of wetlands, whose productivity depends on seasonal flooding.

International funding is helping to build infrastructure for hydropower and irrigation schemes to meet growing energy and food demands in the Sahel Region.

dws-wetlands-sahel-ethiopia-erosion2-350px  Example of ineffective physical erosion control interventions in Ethiopia. The Gabion dams widened the gully, while trees are still being cut.

Seasonal floods
The rivers, lakes, floodplains and deltas of the Sahel are highly productive and biologically diverse ecosystems, fed by seasonal floods. These dynamic wetlands have long shaped human culture and been the basis for local and regional economies.

Tens of millions of people still depend on the vitality of these water resources. But these natural assets are degrading, often due to ill-advised economic development projects which divert the water.

Such infrastructure can have a devastating impact on the fragile habitats of wetlands.

Take action
Wetlands International calls on decision makers at national and EU levels, development banks, and actors in humanitarian and development aid to take action, this new report highlights the connections between water management, wetlands and involuntary migration, including to Europe.

Authors, Jane Madgwick, CEO of Wetlands International and Fred Pearce, journalist, will present the report, along with a representative from the Red Cross.

On the occasion a panel discussion will follow, where high-level representatives will respond to the report’s conclusions.

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

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Habitat III: Mayors, take care of your wetlands!, 20 October 2016
Wetlands International commits to reduce water scarcity by restoring wetlands in Kenya and Uganda, 7 October 2015
NWO-WOTRO launches new scientific research programme for inclusive development Sub-Sahara Africa, 18 September 2013

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Wetlands International
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 318 660 910

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Large-scale extraction of Nereda alginate from waste water at wwtp Apeldoorn, the Netherlands http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24693-large-scale-extraction-of-nereda-alginate-from-waste-water-at-wwtp-apeldoorn-the-netherlands.html dws-rhdhv-alginate-pilot-apeldoorn770pxRegional water authority Vallei and Veluwe is conducting pilot tests for the extraction of Nereda alginate from sludge at its wwtp Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.

The first tests prove that extraction is possible at large-scale. The results of the trials will be used to build the first two full-scale alginate recovery plants by 2018-2019.

The alginate is recovered from the granule sludge that is generated at a Nereda waste water treatment plant. Nereda alginate is a substance with unique characteristics and potentially high-quality applications, like an adhesive in a fertiliser pellet.

dws-rhdhv-alginate-pilot-apeldoorn-wwtp-350px  Contributing to the circular economy, wwtp Apeldoorn delivers biogas for the production of electricity and hot water for a nearby housing area. The plant also recovers 900 ton struvite annually that can be used as an agricultural fertilizer.

Retain and repel water
Another characteristic of Nereda alginate is that it can both be used as a product to retain water but also to repel water. This means it can be widely used – for example, in the horticulture and the paper and concrete industries.

It can be used as a thickening agent or an adhesive, as a coating or as a stabiliser. Reportedly, various market parties have already shown interest in using the alginate – as a concrete coating, for example.

Adaptation of regulations on waste
In order to be able to bring Nereda alginate on the market, the existing regulations on waste have to be adjusted. Director Tanja Klip-Martin at Vallei and Veluwe: “I believe that the status of extracted raw materials should be made equivalent to that of primary raw materials. On condition there are no risks to public health when they’re deployed, because we don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater.”

Klip-Martin: “It is only then that we will have an equal playing field and that the Government’s aim to make the Netherlands circular by 2050 will become realistic.”

dws-rhdhv-alginate-pilot-apeldoorn-sludge-350pxAlternative for extraction from seaweed
At the moment, alginate is extracted from seaweed. That is currently being done in Asia. It is a relatively expensive process. Because of this, the use of this type of alginate is mostly limited to the medical sector (including moulds for false teeth, alginate plasters).

The alginate in the sludge pellets left behind after treating wastewater with a Nereda installation is more sustainable, more economical and therefore more broadly deployable on the market.

National development programme
The extraction of Nereda alginate from wastewater is part of the NAOP National Alginate Development Programme.
In this programme, the Dutch Water Authorities cooperate with the Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), engineering firm RoyalHaskoningDHV and Delft University of Technology.

Read also on this website
World’s first Verdygo modular sewage treatment plant put into use at wwtp Simpelveld, the Netherlands, 20 December 2016
Weftec 2016: Royal HaskoningDHV teams up with new US partners on Nereda waste water technology, 28 September 2016
Water board Vallei-Veluwe opens state-of-the-art recovery facilities at wwtp Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 8 July 2015

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Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+31 88 348 20 00

Waterboard Vallei-Veluwe
Apeldoorn, the Netherlands
+31 55 527 2911

Energy factory programme

Nereda waste water treatment - How does it work?


Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
HydroNET Water Control Room wins prestigious Partner for Water award 2017 http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24683-hydronet-water-control-room-wins-prestigious-partner-for-water-award-2017.html dws-hydrologiv-pvw-award-winners-770pxThe HydroNET Water Control Room in South Africa won the Partners for Water award 2017. The online water control room has been developed and implemented by a Dutch- South African consortium, led by HydroLogic.

As a result of the successful introduction, over 25 South African organisations are currently using the HydroNET Water Control Room to monitor the current situation of water systems and to respond to expected water usage and quality.

The Partners for Water award 2017 was handed to Leanne Reichard (right on top photo) and Bas Boterman (second left) of Hydrologic during the Waterproof event in Maarssen, the Netherlands, on 13 April.

Partners for Water is a programme by the Dutch government to stimulate the use of Dutch innovative water-related solutions in foreign urban deltas and their water supply systems. Over 80 projects funded by this programme competed for the prestigious ‘best project’ award.

dws-hydrologiv-pvw-award-screen-shot-350px Dashboard for the Inkomati-usuthu catchment management authority (IUCMA), controlling the situation along the CroCodil river with increasing restrictions for irrigation.

Managing scarce water resources
South Africa suffers from water stress. Fresh-water demand is expected to exceed water availability by 2025. To efficiently manage the available water resources and reduce the impacts, water managers need access to historic, current and forecasted water and weather information.

The online HydroNET Water Control Room translates terabytes of data from radars, satellites, and other monitoring sources into easy to understand online decision-support dashboards.

These dashboards empower water managers to make well-informed and transparent decisions for the sustainable management of their water systems.

Right data at the right time
The jury explained: “This consortium provided a measurable contribution to solving world-water problems”.

In her reaction to receiving the award Leanne Reichard, leader of the consortium and business director at Hydrologic, mentioned the importance of an online control room in general: “It provides water authorities with the right data at the right time so they can take well informed decisions”.

Identifying water misuse
Addressing the control room at the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA),  the agency's executive Jennifer Molwantwa said: “Hydrologists, meteorologists, software developers and local experts worked closely together to tailor HydroNET to our needs. The control room helps IUCMA identifying misuse of irrigation water and gives us the tools to share the information with all our stakeholders, including our neighbouring countries. This openness creates a joint understanding of our decisions.”

dws-hydrologiv-pvw-award-oparetors-350pxBusiness case
The weather information is provided by South African Weather Service (SAWS) and on the occasion of being awarded 'best project' commercial manager Michelle Hartslief emphasised the business opportunities: “Thanks to the cooperation with the Dutch Weather Service KNMI and HydroLogic we have enhanced our data quality and data accessibility.

"Now we make all our data available through HydroNET", Hartslief continued. "Our cooperation helped to create an efficient business model.The revenue helps us to further improve our monitoring network and services. This way, all South African weather-sensitive industries benefit.”

The award-winning project started in 2012 during a workshop organised by the Kingfisher project. In that project, Dutch water boards cooperate with catchment management agencies in South Africa. Brian Jackson of the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency (IUCMA) immediately saw the potential of HydroNET to improve river and reservoir operations.

With the support of Partners for Water, a Dutch - South African consortium was formed to co-create climate and water services: HydroLogic, eLeaf, South African Weather Service (SAWS), Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), University of Twente, WineJob and IUCMA.

About HydroNET
HydroNET is a web-based decision support system which transfers weather and water data into information, presented in sophisticated dashboards.
Its software is a Service (SaaS) solution that empowers over 2650 water professionals worldwide to make well-informed and transparent decisions for the analysis and sustainable management of their water resources. HydroNET is developed by Dutch research and consultancy firm HydroLogic.

About Partners for Water
The programme Partners for Water is a joint initiative of several departments of the Government of the Netherlands, developed to strengthen the international position of the Dutch water sector. The programme funds project that are innovative in nature and have the potential to create considerable spin-offs.

Read also on this website
Dutch King Willem-Alexander launches ‘water control room’ in Brisbane, Australia, 4 November 2016
First HydroNet control room for Inkomati-Usuthu catchment management agency, South Africa, 4 October 2016
Country: South Africa

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Hydrologic/HydroNET South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
+21 12 367 6000 

Partners for Water
www.partnersvoorwater.nl (in Dutch only)

Watch the Partners for Water Award film about the HydroNET water control room for South Africa.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Wageningen University initiates water efficient greenhouse in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24664-wageningen-university-initiates-water-efficient-greenhouse-in-bekaa-valley-lebanon.html dws-wur-libanon-green-houses-690px
Together with local companies, Wageningen University & Research will build a demonstration greenhouse in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The greenhouse will include water saving techniques.

The demonstration greenhouse should encourage growers to invest a part of their earned money in new technology to increase their annual income again.

The initiative aims to share Dutch knowledge of water and agriculture with the inhabitants of the Bekaa Valley. Lebanon has taken in more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees of which many have settled in this valley, close to the Syrian border.

dws-wur-libanon-refugee-camp-350px  Many of the Syrian refugees are living with relatives or friends, but others are staying in tents near villages in the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border.

Local growers
In Lebanon, like in the rest of the Middle East, water is scarce. On average there is enough rainfall for agriculture during four months. The remaining eight months of the year, the summer period - are hot and dry.

Now low quality ground or river water is given, rainwater collection hardly exists. The new constructed greenhouse will be linked to the knowledge and technology level of the local growers.

Labour intensive crops
Night temperatures in the Bekaa Valley are too low to grow cucumbers or tomatoes, but in summer it is too hot. Soilless culture may increase production level, but growers fear high investments. Trials and extension to growers and suppliers is of great importance.

The demonstration greenhouse will have a focus on labour intensive crops to increase employment in a country in which the population grew with 25 percent while its agricultural export market disappeared because of the Syrian war.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wageningen University.

Read also on this website
Dutch partners ready to start water and agriculture project in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 6 February 2017
Wageningen University started water-saving tests in greenhouse research centre in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, 24 January 2016
Wageningen Greenhouse Horticulture explores automated water saving irrigation in Egypt, 25 January 2015

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Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 486 001

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Justdiggit about to start re-greening desert areas in Mtanana, Tanzania http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24633-justdiggit-about-to-start-re-greening-desert-areas-in-mtanana-tanzania.html dws-justdiggit-tanzania-baobab-tree-770px
An expert team of non-profit organisation Justdiggit just returned from a field visit in Tanzania in preparation to the start on the first re-greening project in Mtanana.

Justdiggit signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Tanzania last October on the creation of a 3,000 ha national hydrologic corridor by restoring the landscape so it can capture rain again. The first work on the corridor in Tanzania is expected to start this summer.

Little rain
Mtanana is a very dry area where farmers do small-scale farming and keep livestock. Crop yields are currently under pressure and there is overgrazing.

There is little rain, and when it rains it is often very intense making it impossible to infiltrate in the soil; it flushes away the fertile soil, and causes erosion and down stream flooding.

The area is home to Africa’s most iconic tree, the Baobab tree (on top photo). It can live for up to a thousand years, but like all plants it needs water. With the help of Justdiggit's program the tree can flourish once again.

dws-justdiggit-tanzania-bunds-kenya-350px  As a result of the bunds dug in Kenya the landscape is re-greening.

Greening the desert
Justdiggit combats the desertification by applying rainwater harvesting techniques, conservation methods and agroforestry together.

Once an area is re-greened, the process of evapotranspiration can start again, so that the hydrologic cycle is positively influenced.

Multiple re-greening projects cover a larger area, a so called hydrological corridor, and together they recreate the local hydrological cycle and eventually impact the wider regional hydrological cycle.

The restored vegetation also brings more moisture into the air, which helps to create clouds and therefore restores the water cycle.

Re-greening the African sub-Sahara helps to cool the planet.

dws-justdiggit-tanzania-students-350px-1 Dutch students doing field research lin Tanzania last year.

Rainwater harvesting
Even in dry areas like Mtanana there is enough rain fall to return the natural vegetation. Justdiggit uses old and new techniques to harvest the rainwater.

These techniques focus on opening up the soil for rainwater to infiltrate, for instance by digging trenches and constructing sand dams (bunds) that reduce the run off and create an area for family farming.

By installing grazing management committees, overgrazing in these areas can be prevented.

More vegetation leads to a more fertile land and therefore creates a greater food security and an extra income for the community.

Justdiggit already started a national hydrological corridor programme in Kenya and Morocco.

This news item is based on the update report on the webite of Justdiggit.

Read also on this website
COP22: Africa's hydrologic green corridor grows into reality for jump starter JustDiggit, 17 November 2016
COP22: African agriculture gains momentum to produce more food with less water, 16 November 2016
Country: Tanzania

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Naga Foundation
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 737 23 66

An explanation of the national hydrologic corridor programme.


Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Ateca’s ICA system combats legionella in water systems in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24604-ateca-s-ica-system-combats-legionella-in-water-systems-in-masdar-city-abu-dhabi.html dws-ateca-ica-system-masdar-city-770pxAntibacterial water treatment specialist Ateca delivered its ICA-system to Masdar City, Abu Dhabi to keep the water systems in buildings free from bacteria such as Legionella and E.coli.

The city wants to become the world’s most sustainable eco-city and part of their ambition is to use 40 percent less energy and water.

Ateca’s ICA system fits these aims as it keeps the water systems in buildings bacteria free, without the use of chemicals or hot water to flush out the stagnant water in the pipe work.

dws-ateca-ica-system-masdar-city-buildings-350px   Masdar City aims to be one of the world's most sustainable eco-city powered by renewable energy

Clean tech approach
Over the past 15 years, Ateca supplied the ICA system at more than 400 locations worldwide.

On the occasion of the recent supply to Masdar City, CEO Mark Engelenburg at Ateca said: “The ICA system fits into the modern clean tech approach that the Masdar City project is aiming for with benefits as it's chemical free and reduces waste, water and energy.”

Ateca has now delivered 21 ICA systems within the Gulf region.

Service link
In addition to the water treatment equipment, Ateca also provides it’s ICA ServiceLink, which continuously monitors the vital processes in the ICA system.

This service gives both Ateca and the customer 24/7 insight into the operation of the system.

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

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 362 81 75

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Hatenboer-Water installs RO desalination plant aboard FPSO Pioneiro de Libra http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24598-hatenboer-water-installs-ro-desalination-plant-aboard-fpso-pioneiro-de-libra.html dws-hatenboer-pioneiro-de-libra-ro-770pxWater technology supplier Hatenboer-Water has installed three reverse osmosis (RO) fresh water units aboard the Pioneiro de Libra oil production vessel built by Jurong Shipyard in Singapore.

The Pioneira de Libra is a floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, chartered to the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.

The vessel left Singapore recently and is heading to the Santos basin, where it will produce oil and natural gas in the ultra-deepwater section of Brazil’s Santos Basin.

dws-hatenboer-pioneiro-de-libra-singapore2-350px Pioneira de Libra set sail on March 28 from the Singapore yard to her resident Libra field in Brazil.

Dilution water and potable water
The reverse osmosis (RO) units desalinate seawater for different applications on board. Two water makers are installed topside (on top photo) and produce 480 cubic metres dilution water for the oil separation and stabilisation process.

These two generators are installed on top of the vessel in heavy duty box frames suitable for a hazardous Ex Zone 2 area.

The third water maker is installed in the hull. This particular two-stage RO-unit supplies potable water with a salinity suitable for domestic use. A neutralising filter downstream the RO-unit prevents corrosive side effects and improves water taste.

Converted tanker
The Pioneira de Libra is a former shuttle tanker, the Navion Norvegia, and is converted to a production vessel at the Jurong shipyard in Singapore.

FPSO Pioneiro de Libra can operate at water depths of up to 2,400 meters, with a production capacity of 50,000 barrels of oil per day and daily compression capacity of four million cubic meters of gas.

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

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Hatenboer-Water, IMT and TrustLube started joint Asian office in Singapore, 24 October 2013
Hatenboer-Water wins order from DSME to deliver four Demitec RO systems for drillships, 25 January 2012

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Schiedam, the Netherlands
+31 10 409 12 00


Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Successful test closure of floating barrier in old harbour of Spakenburg, the Netherlands http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24570-successful-test-closure-of-floating-barrier-in-old-harbour-of-spakenburg-the-netherlands.html dws-sfcb-spakenburg-fishermen-770px
By pumping water underneath the lightweight elements of the self cosing flood barrier (SCFB) in the historical fishing harbour of Spakenburg, the Netherlands, the closure of the flood barrier was tested for the first time on 10 April. Witnessed by many locals and water officials, the barrier successfully rose to the planned height of 80 centimetres. The barrier has a length of 300 metres, making it the longest of its kind in the world.

dws-sfcb-spakenburg-panel-350px  The only visible element is the panel for the manual control of the barrier. The panel also indicates the height of the barrier when it is pushed up.

Underground structure
The whole structure is installed into the pavement of the embankment. This was one of the design citeria for the flood protection scheme as this does not disrupt the scenery of the historical harbour.

At a certain water level in the harbour, the underground structure fills itself with water. The water pushes up the light weight elements that are made of plastic (Kevlar) with a steel cover.

Once raised, a support block locks the barrier into position, making it watertight.

Small foot print
The design of the self closing flood barrier also meets other requirements, such as its small foot print and the maximum deployment time of only three hours, requiring only a few employees of the water board.

The barrier protects the harbour against a once in a 1250 years flood event.

Inventor of the self closing flood barrier is Dutchman Johann van den Noort (age 72). He launched his SCFB-concept in 1998 and several barriers of this type have been built all over the world.

dws-sfcb-spakenburg-scheme-350px At normal water levers (left) in the harbour there is no water in the structure. At extreme high levels (right) water enters the structure and pushes up the barrier elements.

Longest version
A self closing flood barrier can be built at any required length: 1 m - 10 m - 100 m - 1000 m and more.

The construction underwent in excess 70 tests; these tests included static load, dynamic load, buoyancy force, sand and gravel tests, duration tests (35 days) extreme cold temperature tests, earthquake tests, and obstruction tests. The SCFB remained watertight in all tests.

The largest SCFB so far was in Cockermouth, UK with a length of 120 metres. This makes the new SCFB in Spakenburg with a length of 300 m the longest in the world.

This news item is based on originally publications on the websites of Regional water authority Vallei and Veluwe (in Dutch only), National Flood Protection Programme and Hyflo SCFB.
(photo’s: Vallei & Veluwe/Marten van Dijl)

Read also on this website 
Flood Proof Holland: flood fighters get bigger playground to test their mobile barriers, 5 July 2014
Van den Noort wins Wall Street Journal Innovation Award 2012 with self-erecting tsunami barrier, 20 October 2012

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Van Noort Innovations/SCFB
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+31 38 420 49 48

Antwerpen, Belgium
+32 3 633 15 50

Installation of the first 80 meters of the SCFB barrier in the old harbour of Spakenburg, the Netherlands.

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Bakker Sliedrecht to extend lifetime of Saudi Arabian dredger Huta 4 http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24547-bakker-sliedrecht-to-extend-lifetime-of-saudi-arabian-dredger-huta-4.html dws-bakker-sliedrecht-huta4-2-770pxSaudi Arabia’s dredging company, Huta Group awarded Dutch system integrator Bakker Sliedrecht with a lifetime extension project for the electrical installation of the Huta 4.

Aim of the project is to extend the lifetime of the 36-year-old cutter suction dredger with 15 years while increasing the efficiency of production.

dws-bakker-sliedrecht-huta-automation-350px Bakker Sliedrecht has over 90 years automation experiences in the dredging sector.

Main electrical installations
Bakker Sliedrecht is responsible for all main electrical installations during this lifetime extension project.

The installations will be designed and assembled at Bakker Sliedrecht’s modern and well equipped workshop in Sliedrecht.

The installation and commissioning of these installations will be taken care of by Bakker Sliedrecht in Saudi Arabia.

Key installations that are being replaced or upgraded include the electrical drive systems, ladder winch, ladder Pump, cutter automation and BIMAC alarm installation.

Lower operational costs
During this lifetime extension project, Bakker Sliedrecht is also improving the production efficiency of the Huta 4. The existing analog controls are being replaced by new digital controls, increasing the accuracy of operators.

Moreover, the new controls are maintenance free, which will lower the operational maintenance costs for Huta.

dws-bakker-sliedrecht-huta12-350px Huta 12 was build by IHC in the Netherlands in 2012.

Dredging automation
As spare parts of the existing dredging controls were no longer available, Bakker Sliedrecht will also deliver a new dredging control desk with renewed dredging automation.

The replaced dredging automation system allows the operators to control the movements of the cutter more accurately. It also offers the operators real-time productivity information to monitor the dredging process.

The lifetime extension of the Huta 4 is scheduled for delivery second quarter of 2018.

CSD Huta 4 was originally built at Van Rees shipyard, Sliedrecht, the Netherlands in 1979. More recent CSD-dredgers for Huta Group have also been built in the Netherlands by IHC.

This news item was originally published on the website of Bakker Sliedrecht.

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Sliedrecht, the Netherlands
+31 184 43 66 66

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Norwegian king Harald inaugurates biogas and nanocellulose plants at paper mill, Halden, Norway http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24533-norwegian-king-harald-inaugurates-biogas-and-nanocellulose-plants-at-paper-mill-halden-norway.html dws-paques-norsk-skog-saugbrugs-harald-770pxNorske Skog inaugurated its new biogas facility and nanocellulose plant at its Saugbrugs mill in Halden, Norway, in the presence of King Harald V of Norway on 3 April.

Water technology supplier Paques Europe delivered a biological industrial wastewater Biopaq reactor and a Thiopaq installation for the desulpurisation of the biogas produced.

dws-paques-norsk-skog-saugbrugs-plant-350px Norske Skog's paper mill in Halden, Norway.

Biogas from waste
The new biogas plant has been under construction for almost two years, and Norske Skog Saugbrugs has invested 150 million Norwegian krone in the project.

The plant is built in conjunction with the existing waste water treatment plant and will use organic waste from the mills paper production to produce renewable energy.

The new facility will provide revenue from sales of biogas, in addition to the reduction of the production cost of the paper mill.

Biofuel for buses and trucks
The biogas will be delivered to AGA, the company that delivers biogas for buses and trucks. Approximately 70 heavy vehicles operated by local public transport company Saugbrugsforeningen will use this fuel, which results in reduced CO2 emissions of about 6,500 tons each year.

dws-paques-norsk-skog-saugbrugs-ic-reactor-350px Over 200 of Paques installations treat pulp and paper effluents worldwide

High rate internal circulation
Paques delivered a Biopaq IC that converts organic compounds in waste water to biogas by bacteria in the absence of air.

The IC-version has high rate internal circulation providing excellent mixing of the biomass with the influent.

In this way, effluent discharge costs are reduced and at the same time green energy is produced.

Additionally Paques delivered a Thiopaq scrubber that adds an important step to the IC-reactor by recovering sulfur, a valuable raw material.

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

(top photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix, Kongehuse)

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Balk, the Netherlands
+514 60 85 00

Explanation of the Biopaq IC process

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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Royal HaskoningDHV selected to design new waterfront for Luanda, Angola http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24517-royal-haskoningdhv-selected-to-design-new-waterfront-for-luanda-angola.html dws-rhdhv-waterfront-corimba-luanda770pxConsultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV has been contracted for the detailed design of the Marginal da Corimba reclamation and shore protection project in Angola’s capital city Luanda.

This major contract was awarded by the consortium of Angolan Urbinveste Real Estate and Dutch dredging company Van Oord.

The detailed design stage is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

dws-rhdhv-waterfront-corimba-erosion350px  The design of the waterfront also aims to stop the erosion of the beach.

New waterfront
The growing number of inhabitants in the city of Luanda has driven the need to expand and provide solutions to alleviate current capacity issues, improve accessibility and stimulate economic development through investment in infrastructure.

Royal HaskoningDHV has been commissioned to prepare the detailed design for the 400 hectares Marginal da Corimba project, a large-scale waterfront development scheme in Angola’s capital city.

New highway and fishery port
The award builds on the company’s earlier involvement in the outline design phase of the project.

The new area will be created over a 10 kilometre stretch of coast in front of Luanda, and will serve for the construction of the Marginal da Corimba highway, as well as a fishery port, marina and land development.

The new highway will reduce traffic congestion and the new fishery port will provide an improved and safe base for local fishermen.

Rapid population growth
Gertjan Schaap, Senior project director at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “The main aim of this project is to improve life in Luanda, a city that faces huge infrastructure challenges caused by its rapid population increase”.

“We are pleased to support the project”, Schaap continued, “and look forward to bringing our extensive industry expertise to the consortium. Reclamation projects such as this are undoubtedly vital to the local economy, and we will work to ensure that we enhance society for the parties involved.”

The consortium of Urbinveste and Van Oord expects to complete construction of the reclamation which was ordered by the Angola government, mid-2019.

This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.

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Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+31 88 348 20 00

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Antea Group receives ‘intention to award’ for bridge over Cau-Cau river, Chile http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24500-antea-group-receives-intention-to-award-for-bridge-over-cau-cau-river-chile.html dws-anea-bridge-cau-cau-770pxConsultancy firm Antea Group, in association with Chilean partner LEN & Asociados, received an ‘intention to award’ for designing a new double leaf bascule bridge over the Cau-Cau River in Valdivia, Chile.

Construction of the existing bridge began back in 2011, but the bridge was never commissioned due to technical errors.

The Chilean Ministry for Public Works consequently went out to tender, with the aim of resolving the bridge's problems once and for all with a new party.

dws-antea-bridge-cau-cau-river-350px Construction of the bascule bridge over the Cau-Cau river was finished in January 2014 but it has never been commissioned.

The bridge was intended as Chile’s first movable bridge, but there were technical errors in its design and construction. In 2013 it became apparent that the two bridge elements did not align properly and in 2015, during testing, one of the cylinders failed.

At the end of 2016 the client, La Dirección de Vialidad del Ministerio de Obras Públicas, went out to tender with several local engineering consultancies, on the condition that they must bid in association with a specialist foreign engineering firm.

Reliable movable bridges
“Antea Group is already a leader in the Netherlands and this contract gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the field of safe and reliable movable bridges, outside of the Netherlands,” says Peter Vos, Movable Bridges Project Manager.

The contract involves setting up a consortium with the Chilean engineering firm LEN & Asociados.

LEN is one of Chile’s top engineering firms, with more than 40 years of experience in consultancy and engineering services in the field of infrastructure.

Redesigned from scratch
The new bridge will be redesigned from scratch, including an assessment of which, if any, of the existing bridge elements can be reused.

Tendering and construction will also be supervised by the consortium. The work will take at least three years to complete.

Of the three bidding parties, the AG-LEN bridgXperts consortium submitted the best financial bid. The final contract will be awarded shortly.

This news item was originally published on the website of Antea Group.

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Country: Chile

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Heerenveen, the Netherlands
+31 513 63 45 67

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Seawater desalination in Jordan begins with training by IHE Delft http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24477-seawater-desalination-in-jordan-begins-with-training-by-ihe-delft.html dws-unesco-ihe-jordan-desal-training-770pxJordan began a new era in its water sector with the opening of the country’s first seawater desalination plant on 18 March.

Prior to the opening of the desalination plant in Aqaba, Jordan, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, based in the Netherlands, delivered a 4-day intensive course on the design, operation and maintenance of sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) systems for 25 engineers and scientists.

dws-unesco-ihe-jordan-desal-opening-350px  Prime minister Hani al-Mulki (in forefront middle) opens Jordan’s first seawater desalination plant.

Local fresh water supply
Jordan’s first SWRO desalination plant was inaugurated by prime minister Hani al-Mulki of Jordan on the site of Kemapco, a fertilizer and chemical plant in the bay of Aqaba.

The plant is set to demonstrate that membrane-based desalination can be successfully applied there to generate fresh water.

It is owned and operated by Kemapco on the principle of build-operate-transfer (BOT) for the delivery of fresh water to the local water utility.

Initial training course
IHE Delft delivered a 4-day intensive course at the Jordan University Marine Science Station in Aqaba.

The course involved 25 engineers and scientists from various organisations, including Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan valley Authority, Kemapco, Aqaba Water, Jordan University, AquaTreat.

This training, held on 13-16 March, was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ).

This initial course and additional scheduled training are part of the Scare project on desalination, diplomacy and water reuse in the Middle East. The project is funded under the Dutch Global partnership for water and development.

dws-unesco-ihe-jordan-desal-ro-350px Membrane stacks that can treat 500 cubic metres of seawater per hour.

Seawater quality monitoring
The Scare project will also provide equipment and specialised instruction for staff of the Marine Science Station and the Water Authority of Jordan, so they can perform water quality tests required to monitor and operate membrane-based desalination systems.

This data will help ensure smooth SWRO plant operation with information on areas including the silt density index (SDI), Modified fouling index (MFI), Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), Assimilable organic carbon (AOC) and Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) measurements in seawater.

The creation of a database of seawater quality is planned by the end of the 18-month project.

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

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 212 29 21

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Launch of Van Oord’s next generation dredger Vox Amalia in Bilbao, Spain http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24459-launch-of-van-oord-s-next-generation-dredger-vox-amalia-in-bilbao-spain.html dws-van-oord-launch-vox-amalia-770pxVan Oord’s new trailing suction hopper dredger, the Vox Amalia, has been successfully launched at the LaNaval shipyard in Bilbao, Spain on 29 March.

This dredger is the first of a new generation of dredgers with a low fuel-consumption, making the vessels energy-efficient and with a low CO2-emission.

Its twin, the Vox Alexia, will be completed early next year. Both ships are named after two of the daughters of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands: Princess Amalia and Pricess Alexia.

dws-van-oord-launch-vox-amalia2-350px Ceremonial launch of the Vox Amalia at the shipyard in Bilbao, Spain.

Strengthening of hopper fleet
With a hopper volume of 18,000 cubic metres, the duo will strengthen the mid-class section of Van Oord’s hopper fleet.

The vessels are characterised by a large deadweight in combination with a shallow draft.

The two dredgers will be equipped with two suction pipes with submerged e-driven dredge pumps, two shore discharge dredge pumps, and six bottom doors.

Both vessels are designed for capital dredging, coastal works and dredging of trenches for pipe and cable routes for offshore installations such as wind farms.

Van Oord will deploy the new hopper dredger to create new ports or enlarge existing ports for better access for container shipment.

Energy efficiency
The propulsion engines and propellers will have the option of running at variable RPM and will therefore consume less fuel when sailing at lower speeds.

By optimising the shape of the hull, the vessels will have lower hull resistance, reducing the need for propulsion power without compromising sailing speed.

Yet, these vessels will be equipped with three engines rather than the two on board similar vessels. This will make it easier to match the supply and demand for energy during the various operation modes of these vessels among crew members.

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

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 826 00 00



Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Wetsus team wins first stage George Barley Prize to combat harmful algae blooms http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24402-wetsus-team-wins-first-stage-george-barley-prize-to-combat-harmful-algae-blooms.html dws-wetsus-barely-prize-neverglades2-770px
A team of Dutch researchers lead by water technology research centre Wetsus won the first stage of the George Barley Prize with its Nafrad-solution, using natural flocculants to remove and recover phosphorus from surface water.

Their Nafrad-solution was selected as the best of 77 entries to combat algae bloom in surface waters by removing low concentrations – 10 ppb - of phosphorus at low cost.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, Wetsus PhD-researcher Prashanth Kumar received a cheque of 25,000 US dollar on 22 March.

The second phase of the George Barley Prize is to pilot the best technology on a lab scale.

dws-wetsus-barely-prize-warning-350px  Florida, USA, faces severe water quality problems with harmful algae blooms.

Control of algae blooms
Last year Lake Okeechobee -the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida- was hit with an algae bloom that extended across 33 miles. Unusually heavy rains forced water districts to drain other lakes and rivers earlier than usual to avoid flooding. That action funnelled warm, nitrogen-rich water into the lake.

The algae bloom incident illustrates the pressing need to restore the natural water flow through the Everglades and prevent toxic algae blooms at the coast of Florida.

Nutrient pollution
The problem with algae blooms caused by nutrient pollution is not restricted to Florida only. It impacts all 50 states and often threatens drinking water. It is estimated that this pollution is costing the US economy 2.2 billion US dollar annually.

Therefore the Everglades Foundation established the George Barley Prize and called upon the water science community to come up with a technology to removing phosphorus from the water at a cost that doesn’t exceed 120 US dollar per kilogram.

dws-wetsus-barely-prize-sureshkumar-350px Wetsus PhD-researcher Prashanth Kumar receives the cheque during the meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida on World Water Day. 

First stage
The foundation hopes that a final 10 million US dollar prize will spur the development of cost-effective technology that can solve the problem. The challenge has two stages.

The first stage was to gather all promising ideas worldwide. To stimulate a handful of good ideas, this stage included to award a total of 25,000 US dollar to a handful of teams with good ideas. The Wetsus team turned out to be the winner of this stage.

The remaining competitors will now be asked to demonstrate how their technology performs under specific conditions. The foundation will choose one team to scale up the technology and receive the grand prize.

Circular approach to phosphorus
The Wetsus team proposed their NaFRAd-solution which is a combination of flocculation with natural flocculants and reversible adsorption with high capacity iron based adsorbents.

In this way both particulate and soluble phosphorus can be removed with minimal waste formation.

The phosphorus can be recovered as phosphate rock that can be used in the local fertilizer industry.

These technologies find their origin in the Wetsus research themes Phosphate Recovery and Natural Flocculants.

Two other Dutch entries for the George Barley Prize were:
● WRAP using iron(hydr)oxide (Aqua Minerals)
● Ultrasonic algae control (LG Sonic)

This news item is based on publications on the websites of Wetsus and Everglades Foundation.

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Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 31 62 

Video on the wining Stage 1 technology by the Wetsus team

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Nijhuis Industries joins effluent polishing research project on O3GAC-technology http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24394-nijhuis-industries-joins-effluent-polishing-research-project-on-o3gac-technology.html dws-nijhuis-03gac-wwtp-horstermeer-770pxDutch-based firm Nijhuis Industries joins a research project on the removal of micropollutants, using ozone and activated carbon filter (O3GAC) as additional effluent polishing of municipal waste water. The Delft University of Technology will set-up laboratory testing to investigate the O3GAC-technology. Nijhuis Industries will be building a modular demonstration pilot once the research is completed.

dws-nijhuis-o3gac-350pxTriple barrier
The O3GAC is a triple barrier, based on oxidation, adsorption and biological activated filtration. The ozone will break the micropollutants into smaller pieces.

Then absorption and biological conversion will take place inside the activated carbon filter and emissions of by-products will be reduced.

The demonstration pilot will be located at waste water treatment plant Horstermeer, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands (on top photo). It will have a flowrate of ten cubic meters of wastewater per hour.

Application aboard
The pilot will also be trialled at a sewage treatment plant of Aquafin in Belgium and at a further sewage treatment plant of Wasser Verband Eifel Rur in Germany.

The purpose of changing the location of the O3GAC application is to investigate whether the application can be installed not only in the Netherlands, but in Europe and possibly worldwide.

Other Dutch parties involved in the research project are consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos, foundation for applied water research STOWA and Amsterdam water utility Waternet.

This news item was originally published on the website of Nijhuis Industries.

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Nijhuis Industries
Doetinchem, the Netherlands
+31 314 749 000

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Passionate young water professionals about to enter on first Wetskills challenge in UK http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24350-passionate-young-water-professionals-about-to-enter-on-first-wetskills-challenge-in-uk.html dws-wetskills-uk-march-2017-south-africa-770pxThe Water Innovation & Research Centre of the University of Bath will host the first British Wetskills water challenge that will take place from 30 March till 12 April.

Wetskills is a two-weeks pressure-cooker program for students and young professionals with a passion for water. In transdisciplinary and transcultural teams they are challenged to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for real life cases.

It is the first time the challenge is held in the UK. Since 2010, 23 Wetskills events have been organised worldwide, in 16 different countries.

dws-wetskills-uk-march-2017-logo-350pxCross-sectoral collaboration
During the event in Bath, 13 students and young professionals from the UK, Belgium, Israel and The Netherlands will work together in teams to come up with out-of-the-box solutions for actual water related cases, posed by British and Dutch case owners.

The teams will be supported by multiple stakeholders across the wider water sector, including the Institute of Mathematical Innovation (IMI) and the Alumni Fund of the University of Bath, together with Wessex Water Services.

Four real cases
The four case owners can expect out-of-the box concepts provided by the team of students and young professional from the water sector.

Dutch regional water authority Delfland submitted a case about flood management. The case of the Water Innovation & Research Centre focuses on solutions for improving the resilience of the City of Bath using the City BluePrint concept.

The third case by the European Water Traineeship focuses on the creation of a programme for European Young Water Professionals. The Dutch municipality of Westland submitted a case about public engagement for effective water management in rural areas.

Intensive programme
On March 31st the event will be officially opened with the so-called brainhurricane: an interactive brainstorming event where the mixed teams will learn more about their cases and case owners.

Through a special speed-date session with several British, Dutch and international experts from the water industry and academia, the teams get the opportunity to collect information and inspiration.

The teams will present their concepts with a pitch and a poster presentation session during the 18th UK-IWA Young Water Professionals Conference, also hosted at the University of Bath.

dws-wetskills-uk-march-2017-aiww-winners-350px Team of Dutch and South African young water professionals that won the Wetskills Amsterdam water challenge in 2011.

Home coming edition
In May the third Wetskills edition in Romania will be hosted by Politehnica University of Bucharest.

After many inspiring and successful editions across the globe, Wetskills presents a home coming edition for the fourth time. Just prior the Amsterdam International Water Week the Dutch edition of the Wetskills water challenge will take place in the Netherlands from 19 October until 2 November 2017.

‘The Dutch bring you in!’ Coming soon: Wetskills across the Dutch delta! Make your contribution to current, challenging waterissues in the Netherlands and apply for this special event! Bachelor, Master and PhD students and fresh graduates are invited to sign up.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Sweco expands consultancy services for Odra-Vistula flood scheme, Poland http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24329-sweco-expands-consultancy-services-for-odra-vistula-flood-scheme-poland.html dws-sweco-odra-wroclaw-weir-770pxConsultancy firm Sweco has signed new consultant service agreements for the Odra-Vistula flood management project. These agreements represent Sweco’s third and fourth contract under the scheme of the flood management project and have an aggregate value of 5.5 million euro. The agreements were signed with the West Pomeranian Board for Amelioration and Water Structures in Szczecin and the Lubuski Board for Amelioration and Water Structures in Zielona Gora.

dws-sweco-odra-350pxImplementation units
The new agreements complement the two contracts signed in November. Sweco’s main role is to support the project’s implementation units with preparatory work, design and supervision.

The Odra-Vistula flood management project, co-financed by the World Bank, is designed to improve flood protection for the area’s residents.

Sweco’s work under the project is scheduled for completion within 78 months.

Sustainable development
“The fact that Sweco has won two additional contracts under the Odra-Vistula Flood Management project demonstrates our expertise and leading position in flood protection", said Ina Brandes, President of Sweco Central Europe.

"We are reinforcing our position as experts within this business area and our capacity to help ensure sustainable social and economic development in a region or country", Brandes added.

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

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Country: Poland

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+31 88 811 66 00



Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch water utilities launch WaterWorX programme at celebration of World Water Day http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24309-dutch-water-utilities-launch-waterworx-programme-at-celebration-of-world-water-day.html dws-wwd2017-waterworx-directors-770pxThe joint Dutch water supply companies will provide access to safe drinking water to 10 million people worldwide by 2030.

The programme to achieve this goal, WaterWorX, was launched at the national celebration of World Water Day in The Hague, the Netherlands on 22 March.

In this programme the Dutch water supply companies will set up Water Operational Partnerships (WOPs) with water utilities in Africa, Asia and Latin-America to support them in reducing non-revenue water and improve the financial and administrative systems.

dws-wwd2017-waterworx-buijs-signing-350px  Reina Buijs signs the agreement as participant of the WaterWorX programme on behalf of the Dutch government.

Less dependent on aid
The programme is supported by the Dutch government and its first stage is budgeted at 54 million euro of which 55 percent is co-funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and 45 percent by the Dutch and local water utilities.

As a partner of the WaterWorX programme, the ministry will provide strong support in the field of local policy, laws and regulations in which local water utilities are encouraged to function properly. This will enable them to attract long term investments, making them financially less dependent on short term development aid.

Dutch pledge
At the celebration Deputy Director-general for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reina Buijs marked the beginning of this unique collaboration. “Working together is necessary for achieving progress. And progress is what we do need right now.”

According to Buijs the programme helps the Dutch government to achieve its pledge to make a significant contribution to the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal.

The Dutch pledge aims to provide 30 million people with sustainable and safe access to drinking water and 50 million people with sustainable access to sanitation facilities by 2030.

dws-wwd2017-walking-for-water-350px The total amount of the Walking for Water sponsorship raised by 30,000 Dutch school kids for WASH-projects in development countries.

Walking for water
Traditionally at the Dutch celebration of World Water Day, the total amount of money raised by the Walking for Water fundraising initiatieve is announced.

This year 500 primary schools participated, resulting in 30,000 students walking a distance of six kilometres – with a backpack containing 6 liters of water – representing the average distance women and children in developing countries have to walk every day to get their water.

This year the students collected 1.24 million euros, which is considerably more than last year, when the initiative amounted to 1.04 million.

With the amount raised this year the 'Walking for Water' organization expects to fund some 26 water and sanitation projects in developing countries.


Dick van Ginhoven (left) has retired as senior WASH advisor for the Dutch government and symbolically handed over a ‘golden’ toilet seat to his successor Pim van der Male.

Farewell Dick van Ginhoven
The Dutch celebration of World Water Day was combined with the farewell of Dick van Ginhoven, senior WASH advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, due to his retirement.

On the occasion Van Ginhoven was praised for its international commitment to the introduction of the sustainability clause, which stipulates that newly installed water pumps in development countries must be kept operational for at least 15 years. 

Initially, aid agencies that applied for Dutch development aid money objected to this specification.

However, Unicef has now adopted the specification too and the US and British aid agencies are considering it.

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Patrick Moriarty gives TED talk on building water systems that deliver 24/7, 13 March 2017
VEI concludes management project resulting in 50 percent more revenue for water utilities in Oromia, Ethiopia, 15 August 2016
Stockholm World Water Week 2015: Towards sustainable water services,  25 August 2015

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Walking for Water

School kids of the primairy school Twaalfruiter in Vleuten, the Netherlands, raised 4598 euro for WASH-projects in developing countries.

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Nijhuis Industries and Shanghai Winner announce strategic partnership on circular solutions http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24299-nijhuis-industries-and-shanghai-winner-announce-strategic-partnership-on-circular-solutions.html dws-nijhuis-shanghai-winner-welcome-770pxDutch Water technology supplier Nijhuis Industries announced a partnership with Shanghai Winner, a Shanghai-based industrial water solution integrator.

These two companies will join forces to provide ‘cost-to-profit’ turnkey water solutions to Chinese industrial customers.

The partnership aims to tackle environmental challenges related to water use and help promote the global drive towards a more circular economy.

dws-nijhuis-shnaghai-winner-zhang-holterman-350px Chairman Jack Zhang of Shanghai Winner (left) and CEO Menno Holterman of Nijhuis Industries.

Best of both worlds
On the occasion of the signing ceremony of the partnership agreement, chairman Jack Zhang of Shanghai Winner expressed his high expectations. “Collaborating with a company like Nijhuis Industries, which not only has outstanding technologies, but also 113 years of project delivery and customer service experience, is a rare opportunity to bring our customers the best of both worlds: cutting edge technologies at very competitive pricing”, Zhang said.

“Together with Nijhuis, we will demonstrate to the Chinese industrial customers that they can turn their water pollution into a tremendous source of value and sustainable profit”, Zhang continued. “Additionally, we will offer high-quality operation and maintenance services to our customers, leveraging Nijhuis Industries experience of DBFOM-contracts and our own EPC and chemical supply background”.

dws-nijhuis-shanghai-winner-wwtp-shandong-union-chemical-350-px Waste water treatment plant built by Shanghai Winner for  Shandong Union Chemical, Shandong, China.

Opportunities on circular economy
During the signing ceremony CEO Menno Holterman of Nijhuis Industries referred to the Chinese commitment to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“China will pursue green development by promoting a green and low-carbon development model and lifestyle, protecting the ecological system. We look forward to continuing our journey in China together with Shanghai Winner to embrace the opportunities towards a more circular economy”, said Holterman.

The partnership with Shanghai emphasises Nijhuis’ focus on solutions for a more circular economy. ”The increased focus on and the resulting awareness of the Nijhuis Industries brand is helping to embed our company profile in the minds of our new and existing customers as the company of choice for sustainable water and waste to value solutions” commented Holterman

About Nijhuis Industries
Nijhuis Industries delivers solutions for sustainable water use & resource recovery, with the highest level of intelligent innovations across a wide range of industries. To accommodate the customer requirements, Nijhuis offers customized installations, to create profit out of (waste)water, process water and waste.

About Shanghai Winner
Shanghai Winner is a Shanghai-based solution integrator dedicated to solving the toughest water industrial pollutions in China, focusing on electroplating, microelectronics, battery, food & beverage, pesticides, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metal packaging, automotive and synthetic fibers production. Its team of 70 employees delivers turn-key EPC industrial water solutions and O&M services throughout China to domestic companies, multinational companies and state-owned enterprises.

This news item was originally published on the website of Nijhuis Industries and Shanghai Winner.

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Nijhuis to deliver largest pre-fabricated flotation unit to oil refinery in Kazakhstan, 3 May 2016
AIWW 2017 conference: Open to dynamic participation on a circular and resilient water future, 2 February 2017
Country: China

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+31 314 749 000

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+86 21 228 19 910


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
World Water Day 2017: Why waste water? http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24268-world-water-day-2017-why-waste-water.html dws-wwd2017-poster6-770pxToday we celebrate World Water Day and this year the focus is on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80 percent of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature untreated, polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

So let's reduce the quantity and pollution of our wastewater, and safely reuse as much as we can.

Don’t be a waster. Reduce and reuse wastewater.

Halving discharge untreated waste water
For all these reasons, the global community has committed to achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030, as part of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A key target of SDG 6.3 is to improve water quality by reducing pollution, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling globally.

In fact, wastewater is a source for water, energy and nutrients. For example, farmers are increasingly interested in recycling wastewater as both a source of irrigation and recycled nutrients.

Effective wastewater management not only improves lives and the environment, but also makes economic sense, creating new business opportunities and long-lasting, sustainable jobs.

dws-wwd2017-hands-350pxCentral celebration
The central celebration of World Water Day 2017 will take place in Durban, at which South African president Jacob Zuma will launch the 17th edition of the United Nations’ World Water Development Report.

This report will focus on the critical role of wastewater management for vibrant economies, resilient societies and the resilient societies and the maintenance of healthy environments.

In addition to launching the report Zuma will, in his capacity as a member of the UN High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), present a declaratory statement on the activities of the panel.

The celebration will be broadcasted live on:

Values of water
On World Water Day 2017, Pope Francis will address the Watershed conference that will be held in the Vatican in Rome.

Policy makers and academics, together with students, artists, business leaders and men and women from the most at-risk populations will begin a five year dialogue around the value and values of water.

The Watershed conference will be broadcasted live on:

The central celebration of World Water Day 2017 in the Netherlands will take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

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World water day 2014: Why does energy outperform water?, 21 March 2014
World Water Day 2013: Global water community endeavours cooperation on food, energy and health issues, 23 March 2013

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
BAM Nuttall to construct deep water quay in Poole harbour, UK http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24250-bam-nuttall-to-construct-deep-water-quay-in-poole-harbour-uk.html dws-bam-nuttall-poole-harbour-aerial-725px
Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has appointed civil engineering company BAM Nuttall as the main contractor for a 10 million UK pound project to provide the commercial port of Poole with a new 200m long deep water quay. The new quay is scheduled to be ready by January 2018.

Reuse of dredging material
Approximately 1,800 tons of steel piles will be needed to construct the new quay, all of which will be delivered by sea. In addition, the majority of the material reclamation fill is to be taken directly from the port’s maintenance dredging scheme.

This approach removes the need for road deliveries and uses a ‘waste’ product in the new construction. And, in order to ensure that local companies benefit from this project, all marine plant has been sourced from suppliers in Poole and Southampton.

dws-bam-nuttall-poole-harbour-armstrong-davis-hayman-stewart-350px Left to right: Phil Armstrong (Poole Harbour) Tony Davis, (BAM Nuttall), Richard Hayman (BAM Nuttall) and Jim Stewart (Poole Harbour).

Expanding cruise market
“This is an important step forward in the expansion of the port,” said Jim Stewart, PHC’s Chief Executive. “It means we will be able to accommodate vessels up to 220 metres long in a variety of different sectors including yacht transportation, bulk cargo, short sea containers and project cargo. As a result, we expect to see up to a 50 percent increase in tonnage in cargo across the quays.

“It will also allow us to take advantage of the rapidly expanding cruise market. At present we can only take smaller cruise ships but, with these new facilities, we will be able to accept visiting cruise ships accommodating over 1000 passengers”, he added.

Richard Hayman, Contracts Manager at BAM Nuttall commented: “We are delighted to have secured this prestigious contract and to have the opportunity to continue our long and successful history of working in the port.”

This news item was originally published on the website site of BAM Nuttall.

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BMM to build UK's first movable weirs in river Aire, Leeds, UK, 2 October 2014
BAM Nutall/Van Oord UK to transport excavated materials from rail tunnel constructions to new wetlands, 3 January 2012

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Camberley, UK
+44 1276 634 84


Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Construction of West 8’s design Xinhua Waterfront Park kicks off in Shanghai, China http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24189-construction-of-west-8-s-design-xinhua-waterfront-park-kicks-off-in-shanghai-china.html dws-west8-xinhua-park-binjiang-avn-770pxThe construction of the 1.6 km Xinhua Waterfront Park at the east coast of Huangpu River, Shanghai, China, will start at the end of this month.

The waterfront has been designed by Rotterdam-based West 8 architects, in cooperation with Tongji University.

Waterfront with vitality
According to the Shanghai Municipal Government that commissioned the project, it is their aspiration ‘to create a waterfront with vitality’. Their key to the design of the park is to ‘promote public health and to enrich citizen’s welfare’.

Given these objectives, West 8 designed a world-class waterfront park that harmonizes vegetation, atmosphere, culture and art against the metropolitan backdrop of Shanghai City.

dws-west8-xinhua-waterfront-impression-350px Impression of the new Xinhua Waterfront Park, along the banks of the Huangpu river.

Public green space
West 8's design for Xinhua Waterfront Park will turn the east coast of Huangpu River to an integrated waterfront corridor with new city squares and waterfront public green space, complete with cycling tracks connecting to the city center.

This project has been announced by the Shanghai Municipal Government as one of the key projects of the Waterfront green space infrastructure framework, and was included in the recent ‘13th Five-Year Plan’ issued by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission as a pioneer project.

Four new squares
West 8's approach is 'simple yet beautiful, relaxed and romantic' and introduces four new major city squares:
● Minsheng square with a ferry terminal area
● Harbour square with a historic industrial architecture
● Baizi square with a retaining wall
● Xinhua square, functioning as a key node

This news item was originally published on the website of West 8.

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China and World Wildlife Fund sign MoU on nature preservation Yangtze delta and Yellow river, 28 October 2015
Country: China

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+31 10 485 58 01 

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
River basin management of Volta delta focusses on balancing preservation and development http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24178-river-basin-management-of-volta-delta-focusses-on-balancing-preservation-and-development.html dws-tud-volta-fish-770px
Researchers from the Delft University of Technology and the Delta Alliance joined forces with the Ghanaian Development Institute and the University of Ghana, in Accra to discuss the challenges for integrated planning and sustainable management of the Volta river delta.

At two recent workshops Dutch and Ghanaian experts recognized that the problems in the delta relate a lack of land use planning and a limited enforcement capacity of local authorities. It was concluded that the key challenge is to develop a plan that balances nature conservation and development and that is integrated within the traditional governance structures.

This is reported by urban deltas researcher dr. ir. Peter van Veelen at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in a long read on the website of TU Delft WaterViewer.

dws-tud-volta-delta-map-350px  The Akosombo dam has large impact on the lower delta of the Volta river.

Rich natural environment
Coastal erosion, flow loss on the Volta river due to the Akosombo dam and poor land use planning, are some of the interacting problems the Volta river delta is facing.

According to Van Veelen the river delta is one of the few African deltas that is not yet urbanized and still has a rich and partly intact ecosystem. Its coastal lagoons and creeks serve as good breeding grounds for fish species and for migrating bird species.

The rich lagoon and coastal zone ecosystem is an important source of food and provides firewood for coastal communities. The coastal communities mainly live from traditional fishing, small-scale horticulture and salt mining.

Lack of sediment
The ongoing strong coastal erosion is one of the more urgent issues, writes Van Veelen. Although data is generally incomplete or poor, the coastal erosion is partly attributed to a lack of sediment that is trapped behind the dams in the Volta river. Other contributing circumstances are effects of sea level rise and associated change of coastal currents along the West African coastline.

Another serious problem is the illegal sand winning, driven by the city expansions of Accra and Tema. The illegal sand mining causes further coastal erosion of the beach and the natural flood protection.

dws-tud-volta-delta-erosiom-keta-350px Coastal erosion in the village of Keta.

Stabilization versus access
On average, the rate of loss of land is estimated to a range between a 1- 2 m a year. Already, some coastal villages and infrastructure are lost to the ocean.

Engineering solutions such as the construction of groins and revetments stabilized parts of the coast but block access to the coast, affecting traditional marine fishing activities. The construction led to increased coastal erosion elsewhere along the coast.

Joint research agenda
At two well-attended meetings in Ghana experts recently exchanged ideas, and discussed a joint research agenda between Ghanaian and Dutch universities.

The discussions with the stakeholders revealed that development and integration of base line data, for example on coastal erosion, salinization and urbanization, are key to start understanding the complex relations that define sustainability of the delta system.

According to Van Veelen a key challenge is to develop a plan in which both conservancy and development are balanced and that is integrated within the traditional governance structures.

This news item was originally published on the websites of TU Delft Waterviewer and Delta Alliance (a report on the workshops).

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COP21: Adaptive planning for river deltas calls for flexible strategies, 10 December 2015
Delta Alliance supports Mekong Delta taking next step in safeguarding the delta's values, 18 February 2015
Deltas 2014: Early start climate adaptation in river deltas allows opting for cheaper natured-based solution, 25 September 2014
Country: Ghana

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Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Deltas, infrastructures and mobility initiative (DIMI)
Delft, the Netherlands

Delta Alliance
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 481 562

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Most remarkable polling station for Dutch elections on brand new nature island http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24147-most-remarkable-polling-station-for-dutch-elections-on-brand-new-nature-island.html dws-markerwadden-voters-770px-1Probably the most remarkable polling station for the elections of a new Dutch parliament was on the nature island Marker Wadden. The construction of the island was completed only last year and officially it is still closed to the public. However, on the occasion of the Dutch elections a ferry boat took people to the island where they could vote for the candidate of their choice.

dws-markerwadden-warning-sign-350px A remarkable combination of signs. Red sign: pointing in the direction of the polling station. Yellow sign: warning for quick sand.

Beautiful spring weather
More than 1,300 voters took the opportunity to queue up for the ferry boat and the polling station on the remote and sandy island. No doubt the beautiful spring weather encouraged them to take the boat and combine the voting with a visit to the latest showpiece of Dutch civil engineering.

The ferry boat took an hour. Voting and wander around the island, took most visitors half a day.

The first voters to be brought in, were the local officials. A group of young people who voted for the first time took a rib speed boat.

The island Marker Wadden is an example of eco-engineering, in the Netherlands known as Building with Nature. Contractor Boskalis only constructed some beaches, sand banks and low dunes, linked by a rock dam.

These constructions have been shaped in such a way that fine sediment settles in shallow areas and creeks, thus creating natural wetlands.

dws-markerwadden-opening-350px Construction of the first island was completed in September last year. Because of its special shape the construction will trap fine sediment and gradually turn into a wetland of marshes and mud plains.

Poor water quality
The island is situated in Lake IJssel, the largest fresh water basin in Europe. In contrast to other large, shallow European lakes, the lake has a poorly developed littoral zone due to its non-natural origin and due to the continuous mixing and high turbidity.

The turbidity hampers light penetration through water and the overall ecological development.

Archipelago of five islands
Dutch Society for the Preservation of Nature (Natuurmonumenten), together with the national department of public works Rijkswaterstaat and a consortium (Boskalis, Royal Haskoning DHV, Deltares and Alterra) committed themselves to bringing life back to the lake.

By removing the mud layer from the lake’s bed and re-using the soft sediment to build wetlands, they are expecting to transform a part of the lake into the new nature reserve Marker Wadden.

The goal is to create an archipelago of five islands by 2020, covering 1000 ha of land, marshes and mud plains.

Recently the construction started on the other four islands.

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+31 78 6111 099

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Buwatec introduces new assortment of stronger and special coated water storage tanks http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24114-buwatec-introduces-new-assortment-of-stronger-and-special-coated-water-storage-tanks.html dws-buwatec-industrial-770px-Buwatec announced the launch of a new assortment WSW water storage tanks in three qualities pre-fabricated, easy-to-handle versions. The new versions include the use of stronger steel quality and a special double sided thermoplast coating. The new versions will become available in April.

Specific task
The new product differentiation allows Buwatec to consider the specific use of a tank and offer an economy, standard or industrial tank version. This can result in the use of less steel.

All new versions of the modular steel water tanks will be supplied with a new standard patron for bolt sets. This requires less bolts in high tank sizes.

The thermoplast coating Plastisol, makes the tank corrosion and maintenance free for 25 upto 30 years.

dws-buwatec-us-farmer-caceu-350pxjpg Pre-fabricated Buwatec water storage tank as part of the irrigation system of US farmer Bodgan Caceu.

Coverage to keep water cool
One of the users of a Buwatec water stoage tank is US farmer Bogdan Caceu. He searched the world to solve an irrigation problem on his farm. In the end he build his own water storage system with a pre-fabricated Buwatec tank.

As cover he used BUHexa-covers to keep the water cool, algae-free and reduces evaporation to a minimum.

This way he put together a simple, inexpensive water storage system that holds 35,000 gallons.

“It doesn’t get us through the entire season, but I wanted to see how inexpensive and easy to build it could be,” Caceu said.

Caceu estimated that the entire system cost less than 16,000 US dollar.

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Water systems manufacturer equips its water storage tanks with Topsun solar panels, 11 June 2015

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Almkerk, the Netherlands
+31 183 403 911

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
NWO calls on use-inspired research proposals to tackle global challenges http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24088-nwo-calls-on-use-inspired-research-proposals-to-tackle-global-challenges.html dws-nwo-sdg-research-call-770pxThe Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has, together with seven Dutch research organisations, launched a call for use-inspired research proposals to tackle global challenges.

The call for proposals was collaboratively launched to contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an innovative way and with a focus on the most vulnerable people in low- and middle-income countries. A total budget of 7 million euros is available.

dws-nwo-sdg-researhc-map-350px  Low- and middle-income countries in the world (source: WEF)

Tangible outputs, global perspectives
Because of the complexity of the challenges, an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach of co-creation is needed to be able to contribute to the SDGs.

Furthermore, research projects should generate tangible outputs -other than knowledge- that are accessible, affordable and applicable for practitioners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Collaboration with scientists from LMICs clears the path to innovative insights and breakthroughs that would otherwise be beyond the reach of Dutch science.

This joint initiative contributes to more coherent research funding and to a collaborative effort of the Dutch science community in addressing global challenges.

Dutch and local researchers
Research proposals should include close cooperation between Dutch and local researchers, between different disciplines and between knowledge institutes, governments, NGOs, private partners, or other relevant end-users.

The co-funding research organisations are: Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Unesco-IHE Institute for water education, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU Amsterdam and Wageningen University & Research.

The deadline to submit a proposal - only after preselection and approval of the co-funding research organisation - is 23 May 2017. Click here for more detailed information on the call ‘Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research'.

This news item was originally published on the website of NWO.
(top photo: UNICEF Sierra Leone/2015/Indrias G Kassaye)

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+ 31 70 344 06 40


Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100
Patrick Moriarty gives TED talk on building water systems that deliver 24/7 http://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/24051-patrick-moriarty-gives-ted-talk-on-building-water-systems-that-deliver-24-7.html dws-irc-tedx-moriarty-open-eyes-770px“Let’s face it. It is when the water doesn’t get out of the tap, we begin to notice the system”, noted Patrick Moriarty of knowledge centre IRC on water and sanitation services. Holding his first TED talk he addressed the general blindness for water systems and tendency to see only what they deliver. Moriarty urged to focus more on the whole water supply in developing countries. “The only way we are going to end the need for development aid, is by building a system."

IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty held his first TED talk at TEDxDenHelder on 13 February.

dws-irctedx-moriarty-portret-350px  IRC CEO Patrick Moriarty: "It's about the systems". 

System blindness
"We live in a world surrounded by complex systems that deliver health, education and water, sanitation and hygiene to us”, Moriarty explained. “Despite this we are largely blind to them. In both the rich and developing world this ‘system blindness’ is responsible for failed investments and poor services on a huge scale.”

“What can we learn from people who are building systems in developing countries? What are the long term costs of quick wins?", he asked himself.

Lack of appreciation
Patrick Moriarty is an engineer with more than 20 years of experience building sanitation systems in South Asia and Africa. He has been with IRC since 2000. In his TED talk he referred to his work in Ghana where he worked on a nationwide project to create ‘a healthy water system that can repair itself’ as he mentioned it.

The system blindness leads to a lack of appreciation of the system that delivers the water, said Moriarty. “It means that now up to today 30 percent of the installed water infrastructure in rural Africa is not working at any time. Billion dollars of aid, flushed down the drain.

Systems within systems
Moriarty talked about systems within systems. “Systems that rely on people, on money, on infrastructure and on information, to make them work. Here the crazy thing comes in. For a water system to work, for water to come out of the tap, or things to happen when you flush the toilet, the whole system has to work, all the time”.

When the system fails, there has to be an ability to repair it, he went on. “Pipes break down, taps stop working. Shit gets into the environment, kids get sick and die. But because we are system blind, we make stupid decisions.”

dws-irc-tedx-moriarity-system-scheme-350px The whole system of sanitation.

Quality of services
“We vote for people who say they are going to reduce tax and improve the quality of services. We give money to charities who want to use it to build new infrastructure. But when that infrastructure fails they are nowhere to be seen”, he warned.

Moriarty shared his four years of experience in Ghana, not building a single pump or a single meter of pipe. “We took away the system blindness. We made them aware why so many water systems were failing and made them decide to do something about that”.

“We planned, we budgeted”, he continued. “Not just for new hardware, but also to fix the stuff that was already there. We brought back water services to thousands of people.”

Read more about Moriarty´s water project in Ghana: Changing the whole system (2014)

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IRC Wash urges everyone to act fast on sustainable development goal nr 6 for water, 24 September 2015

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 4000

Full recording of the 12 minute TED-talk by IRC-director Patrick Moriarty.


Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0100