Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed KWR and Eijkelkamp support analysis of fluctuating groundwater levels in Urgench city, Uzbekistan https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32552-kwr-and-eijkelkamp-support-analysis-of-fluctuating-groundwater-levels-in-urgench-city-uzbekistan.html eijkelkamp-oezbekistan-dws2018-img-4124-770pxResearch institute KWR and grondwater monitoring specialist Royal Eijkelkamp provided the O’zgashkliti Institute in Uzbekistan with the software tool Menyanthes to monitor fluctuating groundwater levels in the city of Urgench.

The Uzbek institute wanted to monitor the groundwater levels and use hydrological analyses to better understand the fluctuating levels and solve the problems these fluctuations caused.

Royal Eijkelkamp and KWR also helped building the necessary capacity within the institute by training the institute’s engineers.

Adequate groundwater monitoring
For years, the city of Urgench suffers from high (saline) groundwater levels, leading to infrastructure damage, corrosion of underground pipes and flooding of basements.

O’zgashkliti Institute realized that the first step to tackle these problems is adequate monitoring of groundwater levels and hydrological analysis to understand functioning of the groundwater fluctuations.

The institute contacted Royal Eijkelkamp and KWR to help them realize this monitoring and analysis and the project has recently been completed.

Dataloggers in wells
Royal Eijkelkamp has installed groundwater monitoring wells throughout the city of Urgench, each well equipped with state of the art dataloggers.

dws-kwr-urgench-groundwater-d2-map-300px 2D groundwater map as produced by Menyanthes to analyse the changing levels (photo: KWR)

Data from these loggers is automatically sent to a central control room in near real time, from where engineers use it for hydrological analysis and forecasting, using KWR’s software tool Menyanthes.

Apart from delivering this software, KWR has extensively trained the engineers of O’zgashkliti Institute in hydrological modelling and data management.

Tools and capacity building
As a result, the engineers at O’zgashkliti Institute now not only have advanced monitoring and analysis setups, but they have also transformed their organization to be able to work with the equipment, monitor the groundwater system and analyze incoming data.

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

(Top photo: One of the wells in Urgench where the groundwater level is monitored with Eijkelkamp´s Dataloggers - Royal Eijkelkamp)

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Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
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+ 31 313 880 200

Presentation of KWR’s software tool Menyanthes to monitor and analyse groundwater.


Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
LG Sonic installs MPC-Buoy units for algae management in lake Qaraoun, Lebanon https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32524-lg-sonic-installs-mpc-buoy-units-for-algae-management-in-lake-qaraoun-lebanon.html lgsonic-lebanon-20180629-063754-770px
In collaboration with the Litani River Authority and Dutch foundation World Waternet, LG Sonic has started an algae control project in Lebanon. As part of the project, LG Sonic has installed 11 MPC-Buoy units that will monitor and control algal blooms in Lake Qaraoun. The project marks the first time that LG Sonic will monitor water quality at different depth levels.

dws-lgsonic-lake-qaraoun-mpc-buoy-350px LG Sonic´s MPC-Buoy that monitors and controls algae blooms.

Restoration lake’s ecosystem
The goal of the project in Lake Qaraoun is to identify and control algal blooms in order to restore the lake’s ecosystem. In order to treat the lake, 11 MPC-Buoy algae control units have been installed.

These systems combine real-time water quality monitoring and ultrasound technology in order to control algae with a chemical-free method.

Significant improvements
The first results of the project look promising. After just three weeks there has been a significant improvement in water quality due to the treatment of the MPC-Buoy units.

LG Sonic’s water quality software, MPC-View, which receives water quality parameters from the MPC-Buoy units, shows a decreasing trend in algae levels.

dws-lgsonic-lake-qaraoun-quality-300px Recent pictures of Lake Qaraoun showing the effect of the algae control.

Monitoring at different depths
The project in Lake Qaraoun is the first time MPC-Buoy units monitor water quality at different depth levels. This provides a complete overview of the water quality of the lake.

Kristin Prantsus of LG Sonic explains: ‘Because we are monitoring at two depth levels, we can easily spot when surface algae go down in the water column due to the ultrasonic treatment.’

‘When the algae levels lower at the water surface, the algae start rising up at a deeper level in the water.

This shows the direct effect our technology has on algae’, according to Prantsus.

About LG Sonic
LG Sonic, certified innovation partner of American Water, is a leading international manufacturer of innovative water treatment systems.

LG Sonic products provide an environmentally friendly solution to effectively control algae in large water surfaces such as lakes and reservoirs.

With its international distributor network, more than 10,000 LG Sonic products have been successfully installed in over 50 different countries.

This news item was originally published on the website of LG Sonic.

(Photos: LG Sonic)

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Country: Lebanon

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Zoetermeer, the Netherlands
+31 70 770 90 30

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Placement trials XBlocPlus armour units prior to reinforcement Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32423-placement-trials-xblocplus-armour-units-prior-to-reinforcement-afsluitdijk-the-netherlands.html xblocx-dmcafsluitdijk-201808-eenmaligimg-5257-770pxConstruction firm BAM has conducted trials placing several XblocPlus armour units on an artificial levee. The purpose of these trials was to investigate the speed and efficiency of the placement.

The XBloxPlus has been specially designed for the reinforcement of the 32 km long Afsluitdijk closure dam in the Netherlands. The production and placement of the real blocks is to commence later this year.

dws-dmc-xblocplus-armour-block-350px  A single 6 ton XBlocPlus armour uint designed to dampen waves.

Innovative clamp
XblocPlus is a single layer concrete armour unit which is placed in a regular pattern: all the blocks on the slope have the same orientation, similar to roof tiles. This simplifies the placement process and it simplifies the approval process.

Placement trials were conducted with a hydraulic excavator equipped with an innovative clamp, stated BAM in its announcement.

Each single block weigh 6 ton and have been designed to have a retardant effect on waves.

The blocks will be produced by means of a fully automated process at a nearby location, and transported by ship to the causeway.

Low concrete consumption
The XBlocPlus amour unit has been designed by Delta Marine Consultants (DMC). This firm has gained a vast experience in the design of breakwaters and shore protections.

Following the development of Xbloc which started in 2001 and its market introduction in 2003, DMC has been involved in design, physical model testing and construction of many Xbloc projects around the world.

dws-xblocplus-afsluitdijk-350px The special version, the Levvel-bloc of which 75,000 units will be produced to reinforce the Afsluitdijk closure dam in the Netherlands.

One of the main advantages of the XblocPlus compared to other available single layer blocks in the market is the low concrete consumption per surface area.

The reinforcement work of the Afsluitdijk has been awarded to the Levvel consortium, including BAM, Van Oord and Rebel.

The consortium will use the new XblocPlus under the name Levvel-bloc of which a total of 75,000 will be produced.

In September 2018 XblocPlus will be tested in the Delta Flume of research institute Deltares in Delft, the Netherlands, with a scale of 1:3. Construction will start at the beginning of 2019.

This news item is based on the news release originally published on the website of XBloc.

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Video recording of the placement trails of the XblocPlus on an artificial created slope.

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Acacia Water trains Kenyan water managers in complex problem solving https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32362-acacia-water-trains-kenyan-water-managers-in-complex-problem-solving.html dws-acacia-kenya-workshop-participants-770pxConsultancy firm Acacia Water held a workshop in Kenya early July on local implementation of complex water supply and demand tasks. The goal of the work session was to optimize the planning process of the government.

Balancing demand and supply
Balancing water demand and supply has been more important than ever in Kenya last year. Heavy rainfall, floods and droughts followed rapidly. With good management, it can be balanced. From the Kenya Rapid project, Acacia Water contributes to the practical implementation of these complex management issues.

dws-acacia-kenya-workshop-dried-up-river-350px Sand dams in a river can be a good solution to store fresh water, but it gets complex when the river runs dry.

Finding solutions in context
The workshop was conducted by Stefan de Wildt and Sieger Burger of Acacia Water. According to Sieger Burger complex water issues are difficult to approach as solutions vary from place to place. ‘During the work session we first determined the water demand, which is often a comprehensive process, but it is an important process. Then we looked at the supply side and the amount of water available by collection and storage of rainwater.’

‘The solutions are always designed and tested regarding the local, physical context’, Burger continued. ‘Hereby we develop unique and fitting solutions in every context’.

Sand dams
Prior to the work session in Kenya, Stefan de Wildt was in Ethiopia for the completion of three sand dams.

Sand dams are a good example of a practical and appropriate solution to bring supply and demand into balance. During (heavy) rainfall, part of the water is captured and stored in the dam and used in times of drought.

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

(Top photo: Acacia Water)

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Country: Kenya

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Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 182 686 424

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Three large Dutch banks publish framework for financing the circular economy https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32430-three-large-dutch-banks-publish-framework-for-financing-the-circular-economy.html dws-istock508135150-greenenvironmentDutch banks ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank launched joint circular-economy finance guidelines, inspired by the ambition to create a joint framework for financing the circular economy.

The guidelines meet a need for better insight into financial backing for the circular economy and aim to help drive such financing.

They have been formally presented to Stientje van Veldhoven, the Netherlands’ Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, on behalf of the FinanCE Working Group, putting the three banks firmly at the forefront of international trends.

dws-abnamro-ing-rabobank-financing-circular-veldhoven-350px  Offiicial presentation of the guidelines by three Dutch banks to depute minister Stientje van Veldhoven (second left) on 2 July.

Joint framework
The Circular Economy Finance Guidelines aim to promote and develop the key role that finance can play in this transition.

Financial institutions have a major role in the transition from the linear to the circular economy, as the latter sees the advent of a multitude of new business models that require different types of finance.

The guidelines offer a joint framework to pick just the right type of finance for every circular initiative.

Circular economy business models
The Guidelines state that circular propositions are considered to be based on circular business models that generate long-term positive impact.

dws-abnamro-ing-rabobank-financing-circular-cover-300pxTypical circular economy business models include:
● companies that substitute virgin raw materials with secondary
(recycled) materials originating from materials and resources recovery (circular input).
● companies that eliminate/or reduce input of hazardous materials and design for modularity, easy disassembly and repair to facilitate recycling, reuse, life time extension (circular design).
● companies that increase the capacity utilisation of a product or asset during its useful life (sharing business models)
● companies that increase reuse, refurbishment, and emanufacturing to extend the useful life of products and assets (life time extension)
● companies that improve the circularity of the whole supply chain through
product-as-a-service offerings (product-as-a-service)

Economy of the future
On occasion of the presentation of the guidelines, Dutch Deputy Minister Van Veldhoven recognised the importance of widely accepted circular finance guidelines. ‘This is a step-change and it’s encouraging to see this country’s three major banks grasp the nettle. I trust that more financial institutions will follow'. 

Van Veldhoven: ‘After all, the economy of the future – the circular economy – deserves greater, swifter and more fit-for-purpose funding.’

Download the Circular Economy Financing Guidelines (as pdf, 6 mB) here.

This news item was originally published on the websites of ABN Amro bank, ING bank, Rabobank.

(Top photo: iStock)

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+31 20 628 22 82


Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Dredge Yard delivers cutter suction dredger ECO 200 to United Arab Emirates https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32348-dredge-yard-delivers-cutter-suction-dredger-eco-200-to-united-arab-emirates.html dws-dredgeyard-eco200-uae-water2-770pxDredge Yard delivered a multipurpose cutter suction dredger ECO 200 to a real estate developer in the United Arab Emirates for the reshaping and maintenance of existing islands.

The ECO 200 dredger will be used for connecting some of the islands and deepening the sea entrance between the islands.

Changing coastlines
Due to current and erosion, the coast of the islands changes with the years. For this reason, it is necessary to perform periodical maintenance to keep the shape of the islands and maintain a pleasant beach.

In some areas the beach is flooded by new soft types of sand that makes it difficult for visitors to enjoy the beautiful clear waters of the Emirates.

In other places it is necessary to maintain the water depth for yachts and workboats to visit the area. Dredging is the only way to maintain artificial and natural shaped islands and beaches.

dws-dredgeyard-eco200-crane-350px  The ECO 200 dredger can be lifted out of the water easily and transported to another location by road.

Heavy duty cutter head
The ECO 200 dredger is equipment with a heavy-duty cutter head and underwater dredge pump for high performance and for pumping a high-density mixture of sand.

The high dredging performance will speed up the dredging process to limit the time involved in maintenance.

For easy mobilization the dredger is provided with two hydraulic propulsions.

Small shallow waters
The ECO 200 Cutter Suction Dredger can pump the sand up to 1500m and dredge up to 6 meters depth.

One of the advantages of the ECO dredger is the use for dredging in small and shallow areas that are difficult for bigger dredgers to enter. The draft of the ECO dredger is only 0.7m.

About Dredge Yard
Dredge Yard is a company located in the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates. It is specialized in providing cutter suction dredgers, auger suction dredgers, and plain suction dredgers for multipurpose and cost-effective dredging.

Recently the company delivered several dredgers worldwide and serves customers in more than 30 countries.

This news item was originally published on the website of Dredge Yard.

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Dregde Yard’s ECO200 tested on site in United Arab Emirates.

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Fugro to provide ground intelligence for high speed railway works, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32415-fugro-to-provide-ground-intelligence-for-high-speed-railway-works-uk.html dws-fugro-hs2-impression-colne-viaduct-770px-Geoconsultant Fugro - based in the Netherlands - has been asked to provide Align consortium with detailed ground intelligence for the engineering of a new high speed train railroad from the Colne Valley viaduct to the northern portal of the Chilterns tunnel.

The railway track is part of phase 1 of the UK’s High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network that runs from London to Birmingham. The engineering and construction of this route has been awarded to the Align consortium, comprising of Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine, in 2017. The route passes several features, including several lakes that are situated along the Thames.

dws-fugro-hs2-colny-viduct-350px  Projection of the Colne Valley Viaduct crossing the lakes.

Collecting ground data
Work for Fugro includes a programme of rotary holes to depths up to 100 metres. A further 20 boreholes will be drilled from pontoons to help inform the design of the viaduct piers.

Fugro will also undertake in situ and cone penetration testing, along with laboratory testing and factual reporting.

Chalk geology
With considerable expertise of investigating chalk geology, Fugro geoscientists will apply advanced techniques to determine ground strata and engineering properties to help Align optimise tunnel and foundation design.

Fugro has been providing site characterisation data for HS2 since 2016, completing contracts at locations between London and Birmingham as one of the appointed specialists on the preliminary ground investigations framework.

Challenging tunnel and bridge
Ian Judge, Fugro’s Framework Director for HS2, said: ‘We are delighted to be engaged in the advanced stages of site investigation for HS2 and supporting Align with the delivery of ground data for some of the most challenging tunnel and bridge structures of Phase 1.’

‘As with our previous HS2 work, Fugro is offering innovative solutions through early involvement with the client to reduce subsurface uncertainty and help the design team manage ground risk’, Judge added.

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

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Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Six teams selected to develop groundbreaking urban water projects in Asia https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32446-six-teams-selected-to-develop-groundbreaking-urban-water-projects-in-asia.html dws-semarang-indonesie-istock-886010262-770pxSix international teams of water and climate experts, engineers, scientists, architects and urban planners have been selected to develop groundbreaking approaches to tackle the climate and water challenges in three cities in Asia: Semarang (Indonesia), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Chennai (India). Several Dutch organisations are part of the winning teams.

The first phase of Water as Leverage Programme was set up by the Dutch government in collaboration with a dedicated group of partners from governments, NGO’s, financial institutions, investors and community stakeholders.

Identify projects
The teams (two per city) will receive a €200,000 contract that will allow them over the course of the next nine months to analyse and explore the challenges in the cities, connect with local stakeholders, build partnerships and participate in an incremental learning process and develop conceptual designs and proposals for urban climate and water projects of their cities.

The six teams each have their different perspectives on the urban climate and water challenges. And the three cities represent a wide range of the global climate challenges. Regional and local approaches will be matched and merged with in-depth research, capacity building and planning.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Dutch development bank (FMO) will help to identify projects, support their development and facilitate their implementation.

Water leverage for impactful and catalytic change
The programme is an initiative of the Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Henk Ovink. According to Ovink water represents the most challenge and complex risk faced by humand kind.

Ovink: 'Floods and droughts, pollution and water conflicts combined with a growing demand for food and energy, rapid urbanisation, migration pressures, and climate change are potentially catastrophic. Yet, the connecting and interdependent strength of water across economic, environmental, social and cultural dynamics provides us with an opportunity that cannot be ignored: water can also be the leverage for impactful and catalytic change, if only we understand its complexity, value water comprehensively and manage it transparent and inclusive'.

Ovink continous: 'Water as Leverage is aimed at exploiting this opportunity to catalyse change and with meaningful and impactful interventions, projects and an approach we must scale up and replicate across the region and the world’.

Overview of winning teams


Team 1: “Rising Waters, Raising Futures”: Deltares, IGCS, ITT Madras, Care earth trust, CUDi (Center for Urban Design Innnovation, Karsruhe Institute for Technology, Waggoner & Ball, Benthem Crouwel Architects, Arcadis and VanderSat. Team 2: “City of 1.000 Tanks”: OOZE VOF, Madras Terrace, Goethe Institut, Ramakrishnan Venkatesh, Vanessa Peter, IHE Delft, Rain Centre, Care Earth Trust, Paper Man, Pitchandikulam, IIT Madras, TU Delft, HKV.


Team 1: “Creating inclusive and natural waste synergies in Khulna urban region”: Euroconsult Mott MacDonald B.V., Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Urban and Regional Planning (KUET-ERP). Team 2: “Khulna as a Water Inclusive City”: CDR International, Defacto Ubranism, Nelen en Schuurmans, DevConsultant, Khulna University, RoyalHaskoningDHV, Wageningen University and Research.


Team 1: “One Resilient Semarang: Water(shed) as Leverage”: One Architecture & Urbanism, Inc, Deltares, Wetlands International, Kota Kita, Sherwood Design Engineers, Hysteria Grobak, Iqbal Reza, UNDIP. Team 2: “Cascading Semarang - Steps to inclusive growth”: MLA+, Stichting Deltares, FABRICations, PT Witteveen+Bos Indonesia, UNDIP, UNISSULA, IDN Liveable Cities.


Next steps
With the Water as Leverage partners in the region and from the Netherlands, the teams and the cities embark on a nine month collaboration. It starts with research on the ground, building partnerships and rapidly gaining understanding of the complexity of the challenge and the way these teams can develop opportunities. Planning and design through local coalitions and with international talent.

After the research phase the teams will present their first ideas to be selected and developed into bankable projects. Projects that are both implementable as well as transformative. The need to identify those interventions that tackle future challenges, merge different demands and help catalyse the needed change is at the core of Water as Leverage. 

About Water as Leverage 
'Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia' is an initiative of the Dutch Water Envoy and the Dutch Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RVO.nl) in partnership with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), Architecture Workroom Brussels (AWB), the Global Center of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), supported by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water.

This news item was originally published on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl).

(Top photo: Istock)


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Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Small footprint deciding factor for Philippine university to select Nereda technology https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32367-small-footprint-deciding-factor-for-philippine-university-to-select-nereda-technology.html dws-rhdhv-nereda-unibersidad-ng-pilipinas-770px

The oldest university in the Philippines, UP Diliman in Quezon City, Metro Manilla, has selected the Nereda technology for the expansion of the current waste water treatment plant on its campus. The treatment plant is located in the park area of the campus and there is little space for expansion of an additional treatment of 5,000 m3 per day.

The Nereda technology uses granular active sludge that settles fast and therefore the reactor is relatively small compared to other waste water technologies.

dws-rhdhv-nereda-wwtp-garmerwolde2-350px  Hybride solution for the Dutch WWTP Garmerwolde, expanded in 2013 with a Nereda system designed for 41 percent of the WWTP’s total capacity, which now equals 140,000 p.e.

More treatment capacity
The new treatment plant has to treat sewage from 30,000 people from UP Diliman Campus and other commercial establishments in the area, including a nearby Technohub.

To meet this new consents, the operators identified the need to design and build a new sewage treatment plant that was capable of treating 5000m³/day, in addition to the existing 7000m³ per day sewage treatment plant.

As the plant is located in a special rainforest area there was also a requirement for the quality of the effluent being treated there to be improved, to meet the new regulations for Class C waters.

The outcome
On the new plant - its completion is expected in the summer of 2020 - the influent sewage will be divided between the existing 7,000m³/day plant and the new 5,000m³/day Nereda treatment plant. The waste granular sludge from the Nereda plant will then be fed to the 7,000m³/day plant to improve its overall performance.

Once the new plant has demonstrated success results, the operators will look to upgrade the original plant too.

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

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Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
The Ocean Cleanup: New designed floater withstands 5 m high ocean waves https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32371-the-ocean-cleanup-new-designed-floater-withstands-5-m-high-ocean-waves.html dws-ocean-cleanup-test-waves-770px
A 120 m long floating element with a screen section hanging underneath, behaved as was expected from experiences with earlier prototypes and a basin scale model test. 

This has been reported by The Ocean Cleanup after a two weeks test of the new designed system to remove plastic from the ocean.

The test floater had been towed from San Francisco harbour into the Pacific Ocean for the first time. During a storm it withstood waves up to 5 m high.

dws-ocean-clean-up-test-tjallema2-350px Technical superintendent Reijnder de Feijter reports on the first real ocean test of the redesigned cleanup system

Amazing stability
‘I am amazed by the stability of the system’ said technical superintendent Reijnder de Feijter in a video interview as part of a recent published test report.

De Feijter: ‘On the second day we had waves of five meters and after inspection the element proved basically untouched. The screen was in perfect condition.’

According to  the report, the screen has been designed to bend and flex with the waves and did exactly what was earlier demonstrated in a scale model test.

Detailed inspection of screen
Upon return, the 120 m long floating element has been examined carefully. Every little stitch of the screen, all the connections. As De Feijter explained, it is important in this phase of the testing to not miss details.

dws-ocean-cleanup-test-screen-under-water-350px The underwater screen as designed to collect the plastic garbage that floats around in the Pacific Ocean.

Detected weaknesses of the screen section on the tow test unit have already been taken into account for the design of the new screen version that is now in production for the full system.

Full system test
The next stage will be the testing of a 600 m long version of the fully-functioning ocean cleanup system.

The assembly yard in the San Francisco harbour is in full force building the remaining 480 meters and both the Rotterdam team and the Alameda crew are actively working to build a system that is in its optimal state for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, to be launched later this summer.

This news item was based on a test report originally published on the website of The Ocean Cleanup.

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Delft, the Netherlands

Report by Reijnder de Feijter on the first two weeks test of a 120-meter section of the world’s first ocean cleanup system in the Pacific Ocean.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
HLPF 2018: Valuing water coalition wants to bring SDG6 within reach https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32341-hlpf-2018-valuing-water-coalition-wants-to-bring-sdg6-within-reach.html dws-hlpf-valuing-water-van-veldhoven-770px'Why is water cheaper than diamonds?', that was the opening phrase of Dutch environmental state secretary Stientje van Veldhoven at the launch of the Valuing water initiative by Peru, South Africa, Bangladesh, Mexico and the Netherlands. ‘Water is essential for all life. Compare that to a diamond, which doesn’t do much more than sparkle!’, the Dutch state secretary (on top photo) continued and marked the fact that prices for water services hardly reflect the real value. Therefore, investments in water facilities leg behind.

The Valuing water initiative by five countries wants to draw up an agenda for action and release investment strategies, to simulate investments in water facilities that also benefits to better public health, more food production, sustainable development and better protection of ecosystems, especially clean fresh water resources.

The initiative was launched during the United Nations' High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York on 17 July.

dws-hlpf-valuing-water-mexico-770px Deputy minister Miguel Ruiz Cabañas of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights spoke on behalf of the Mexican government.

Water is off track
The launch at the High Level Political Forum responses to the recent evaluation by the United Nations of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water. The UN concluded that SDG6 is ‘off track’ from its aim to make clean water, safe sanitation, and hygiene available to all by 2030.

SDG6 was one of sustainable development goals that was in particularly discussed at the HLPF that took place in New York from 9 to 18 July. The forum is held every year to evaluate a selection of the 17 SDGs.

The initiating countries announced an agenda for action to scale up good practises and building champions and ownership at all levels.


Five principles
The action agenda builds on the five principles that have been developed by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) and presented in the report Valuing water: preamble and principles.

The five principles include the recognition of water’s multiple values, the balanced allocation of scare fresh water and building trust amongst the users, the protection of water resources, the promotion of education and raising awareness, the investments in innovations.

Learning from best practises
‘We will release investment strategies – finding our way as we go along’, said Dutch state secretary Van Veldhoven at the launch.

‘We’re going to set up demonstration projects and trials. So we can learn from best practices and spread them around the world. It’s about building capacity. And, in particular, about making people aware of the value of water. A bottom-up approach.’

'Valuing water is not a goal in itself. But it’s a vital instrument to get to where we want to be’, she concluded.

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Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: A look back on an inspiring dialogue to close the loop https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32291-siww-2018-a-look-back-on-an-inspiring-dialogue-to-close-the-loop.html dws-siww2018-photo-00-pavilion-general-770pxCity solutions and zero waste were the buzz words at the eight edition of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands from 8 - 12 July.

The event was held in conjunction with the 6th World Cities Summit and the 4th CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, attracting over 20,000 delegates from over 100 countries.

This year’s Dutch contribution had a focus on circular economy. In many panel sessions and presentations Dutch experts expressed their views on how to close the loop of resources, including water.

dws-siww2018-photo-001-events-350px Three events at the same time, on water, on cities and on clean technologies.

Better life for citizens
Many city leaders had come to Singapore to attend the combined events. At the closing of the Water Leaders Summit minister Lawrence Wong for National Development and Second Minister for Finance, summarised their presence and the many fruitful conversations on city solutions.

‘There have been many good ideas thrown up during our conversations with city leaders – about disruptive innovation, and infrastructure’, minister Wong said.

‘But many also related it back to an important point, which is underpinning everything we do – and that is the ultimate objective of wanting to make life better and happier for our citizens.’

Organizing resiliency
‘Collaboration is also a word from this conference’ said Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink who addressed the fact that many city leaders were looking for collaboration on innovative solutions.

‘Many talks took place on how to make cities more resilient in a formal way, for instance by organising a good water governance programme but also in a more informal way when including the citizens’.

Ovink reminded that collaboration is a very old tradition in water governance in the Netherlands. ‘We now use this experiences in our collaboration around the world. It is about listing, learning and mixing experiences’, Ovink said.

Below a selection of photos, giving an impression of the 2018 edition of the Singapore International Water Week and Dutch related contributions.

Sustainable cities by closing the loop
dws-siww2018-photo-01-wlf-aboutaleb-770pxMayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (second left) of Rotterdam participated in several forum sessions such as this one on the circular economy where he supported new building regulations to make houses more eco-friendly by for example using surplus heat from waste incineration and industrial estates.

Virtual reality at Arcadis booth
dws-siww2018-photo-02-arcadis-booth-770pxConsultancy firm Arcadis-Asia had a special corner at their booth where visitors could ‘walk’ into Building Information Modelling (BIM) of water projects. Furthermore Arcadis presented its integrated water projects in many Asian cities, such as Wuhan (Sponge city) in China, Guwahati in India (Smart City) and Singapore (Deep Tunnel Sewerage System).

Ready for the digital (r)evolution?
dws-siww2018-photo-03-wlf-digital-cuperus-770pxOne of the sessions of the Water Leaders Summit was on the digital revolution and the response by water utilities. Director Joke Cuperus of the Dutch water utility PWN (with microphone) predicted the fast automation and control of the water treatment process with less human intervention. The panel advised utilities to reward personnel to get involved in automation and gain experiences, rather than discourage them and try to prevent failures.

Chemicals of emerging concern
dws-siww2018-photo-04-cec-wezel-770pxReal concern or fake news? That was the subtitle of the special workshop on substances in water of which the environmental impact is not yet fully clear. The bad news was that more and more substances are emerging to be present in surface and ground water. The good news is that we already know much about their persistence, mobility and toxicity and water authorities can handle accordingly. Professor Annemarie van Wezel (left) of KWR research institute told about the signalling concentration value of 0.1 microgram per litre as generally applied in the Netherlands for surface of groundwater. When a concentration of an unknown substance exceeds this value, the substance is automatically tested on its persistence, mobility and toxicity.

Willow trees as flood defence
Executive director Khoo Teng Chye (second left) of the Centre for Liveable Cities visited the Netherlands Pavilion, accompanied by Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink (left). Here, at the booth of research institute Deltares, he learned more about the testing of waves breaking willow trees in the institute's Delta flume.

Road to COP24
COP24 Special Envoy for Climate Change, Tomasz Chruszczow (with microphone) participated in the dialogue session on Climate, Water and the City in the Netherlands pavilion. Chruszczow underlined the importance of cities to take the lead in the climate debate. He supported the initiative of 44 larger Polish cities to work together on the development of their climate adaptation plans.

Three new CeraMac-plants in the making
dws-siww2018-photo-07-pwnt-galjaard-770pxChief Technology Officer Gilbert Galjaard at PWNT gave a presentation on CeraMac membranes and how they are build-up in different layers. PWNT is about to complete the construction of new CeraMac-plants in Switzerland, England and Singapore for the production of drinking water from surface water.

Great interest in recycling used toilet paper
dws-siww2018-photo-08-cirtec-wessels-770pxCoos Wessels of CirTec spent much of his time at the conference explaining how his company makes a business case out of separating toilet paper from incoming sewage at a municipal waste water treatment plant.

Culture of collaboration
At the traditional networking reception in the Netherlands pavilion, Dutch delegation leaders praised the involvement of many Dutch organisations in regional and global collaborations. Special water envoy Henk Ovink (left) said to be proud of this culture of collaboration. Menno Holterman (right), in his function as chairman of the Managing Board of the Amsterdam International Water Week, looked already ahead and invited everybody to come to Rotterdam on 14-16 November to join the AIWW Summit in Rotterdam on 14-16 November, just prior to COP24 in Poland.

Special Newbrew beer
dws-siww2018-photo-10-newbeer-770pxCheers! The Singapore delegation, together with a representative of the Brewerkz brewery, marked the 10th anniversary of the Singapore international water week by drinking a glass of Newbrew beer, specially prepared from reused Newater. The launch of Newbrew was a public outreach opportunity to highlight how Singapore's high-quality recycled Newater is well within international standards of safe drinking water.

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● SIWW 2018: CirTec pitches recovery of used toilet paper to world top experts, 12 July 2018
● SIWW 2018: Ban Ki-moon salutes global water industry, 11 July 2018
● SIWW 2018: ‘Growth of cities is to stay, get used to it’, 10 July 2018
● ReCirc Singapore aims at joint development of resource recovery technology for circular economy, 19 December 2017
● Meet the Dutch water sector in the Netherlands Water Pavilion at SIWW2018

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: ReCirc Singapore explores joint r&d and business agenda on engineering zero waste systems https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32257-siww-2018-recirc-singapore-explores-joint-r-d-and-business-agenda-on-engineering-zero-waste-systems.html dws-siww2018-recirce-geldermans-nieuwenhuizen2-770pxSingapore wants to become a zero waste nation and aims to recycle 70 percent of its waste by 2030. The Netherlands aims at a fully circular economy by 2050. Two huge ambitions that cannot be achieved by simply programming and financing a number of measures. A new systematic approach is needed. This was the main topic discussed at the workshops organised by the public-private consortium ReCirc during and after the Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.

ReCirc was one of the prominent participants in the Netherlands Pavilion and was actively engaged with Singapore government agencies, businesses and researchers to develop a joint r&d and business agenda.

dws-siww2018-recirc-booth-cces-350px  Circular economy was a main theme for the Dutch contribution at the combined events of Singapore International Water Week, World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit.

Bridging different concepts
One of the main aims of the ReCirc consortium at the Singapore International Water Week was to bridge the gap in the different national policies. As Bob Geldermans (left on top photo), programme manager at Amsterdam Institute for advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) explained: 'Zero waste in Singapore is not the same as a circular economy as presented by the Netherlands. Zero waste is often seen as sending the waste to an incinerator, instead of to a landfill.'

From an environmental perspective, incineration is preferable over landfilling, but this still leaves a residue – ashes - to be handled.

This is where the circular thinking comes in, Geldermans explains: ‘Circular economy is about upgrading waste. It is a different approach as it seeks to produce materials that can effectively replace raw materials. We need to forge smart partnerships to be able to upcycle new materials’.

Waste to energy plant
An example of such a smart partnership is the integration of the incineration of sludge from waste water treatment and solid waste from households in Amsterdam. The waste water treatment plant of Amsterdam's water utility Waternet is situated next to the incinerator for municipal waste of Amsterdam Energie Bedrijf (AEB). By combining the two waste streams, the waste-to-energy incinerator can recover 30 percent of the potential energy in the waste, compared to 25 percent by other - stand-alone - incinerators of municipal waste.

This integrated incineration concept has also been adopted by Singapore. The Singapore authorities have decided to build a new municipal waste incinerator alongside the future Tuas waste water treatment plant, enabling to combined treatment of sewage sludge and solid waste.

dws-siww2018-recirc-workshop-350px Workshop by ReCirc Singapore with over 50 actively involved experts exploring resource recovery solutions.

Workshop on joint research agenda
The Dutch-Singapore ReCirc workshop focussed on four themes: bottom and fly ash from incinerators, waste water and sludge, plastic waste and food waste systems.

According to Arjen Nieuwenhuijzen (right on top photo) of Witteveen+Bos, coordinator of ReCirc, the different sessions on the four themes and the system integration, created in many learning moments that will be translated into concrete actions in the coming months.
'We have seen a lot of enthusiasm and willingness to develop smart solutions together to tackle the waste and water challenges of Singapore and to create business opportunities for Singapore and The Netherlands in de South East Asia region', said Nieuwenhuijzen.

About ReCirc
ReCirc Singapore is a public-private partnership facilitated by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency: a coalition between business, government, civil society organisations and knowledge institutes in the field of circular economy for resource recovery and zero waste solutions.

Participants in the ReCirc Consortium are water utility Waternet, national public work authority Rijkswaterstaat, research institutes AMS institute, KWR, Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University&Research. Companies that participate are consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos (initiator and coordinator), Nijhuis Industries, Inashco, Paques, CirTec, Asia Pacific Breweries, Heineken, Organic Village and Upp! UpCycling Plastic.

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SIWW 2018: ‘Growth of cities is to stay, get used to it’, 10 July 2018
ReCirc Singapore aims at joint development of resource recovery technology for circular economy, 19 December 2017
Meet the Dutch water sector in the Netherlands Water Pavilion at SIWW2018

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: HSL and Urban Farming Partners take Singapore to next level of indoor food production https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32235-siww-2018-hsl-and-urban-farming-partners-take-singapore-to-next-level-of-indoor-food-production.html dws-siww2018-urban-farming-vos-lim-choo-leng-770pxSingapore construction firm HSL and the Dutch initiative Urban Farming Partners signed an agreement on the development of an indoor farm at the premises of HSL in Singapore. The farm will produce food for the local market. The two partners will develop a business plan for their envisaged urban farm.

The new Singapore-Dutch cooperation was marked at the seminar on Circular Industrial Parks, part of CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, on 11 July. The document was signed by Wouter Vos (right on top photo) and Lim Choo Leng (left).

dws-siww-2018-urban-farming2-impression-flat-350px Impression of a vertical farming building, as proposed by Urban Farming Partners.

Optimal indoor growth environment
The concept developed by Urban Farming Partners fits seamlessly with the opportunities in the industrial premises of HSL in the Singapore harbour.

The concept includes the creation of an optimal indoor environment with state-of-the-art LED-lighting, irrigation, fertigation and climate control systems.

With the industry of indoor farming still in its infancy, Urban Farming Partners chooses to engineer the farm backwards, starting with the demand and making sure the technologies applied are in line with local consumer trends.

dws-siww-2018-urban-farming-visit-khoo-350px Chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Mr Khoo Teng Chye (left), visits the booth of Urban Farming in the Netherlands pavilion at the Singapore International Water Week,

Support from food authorities

About 10 percent of the food that is consumed in Singapore is produced locally. The Singapore Agrifood and Veterinary Authority (AVA) supports and encourages initiatives that contribute to a higher level of self-sufficiency in greens.

Moreover both parties intend to apply solutions from the circular economy concepts, such as the use of solar energy, rain water and by-products of neighbouring companies, like CO2 and residual cooling.

About HSL
HSL is a regional infrastructure construction company. They build ports, roads and bridges, and help bring electricity and clean water to communities.

Since its inception in 1994, HSL has grown from a small start-up to become a dynamic group of companies standing at the forefront of engineering and construction by using innovative engineering solutions and construction excellence.

About Urban Farming Partners
Urban Farming Partners is a group of experts in the fields of food, logistics, planning and architecture, working together in the field of smart urban food solutions and awareness.

The partnership works closely together with the Dutch Government and aims to team up with partners in Singapore and investors for the next big step.

This news item was originally published on the website of Urban Farming.

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Salutions Collab joins Urban Farming Partners initiative on irrigation issues, 7 May 2018

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Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: CirTec pitches recovery of used toilet paper to world top experts https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32206-siww-2018-cirtec-pitches-recovery-of-used-toilet-paper-to-world-top-experts.html dws-siww-20o18-texhxchange-cirtec-wessels-770px‘We recover 500 kilogram cellulose daily from toilet paper in sewage water, and sell it to the asphalt industry’, said a proud director Coos Wessels of the Dutch company CirTec, specialized on the recovery of raw materials from sewage.

Wessels was one of the twelve pitchers at this year’s edition of TechXchange that was held during the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) on 8 July.

The TechXchange forum is an integrated part of the SIWW-programme for many years now and gathers the world best water technology innovators, industrial leaders, buyers and investors. The forum provides an opportunity to present innovative technologies and facilitates round-table discussions amongst the world’s top experts.

dws-siww-2018-techxchange-cirtec-forum-350px Introducing the first three pitchers, including Coos Wessels of CirtTec.

More than just a technology
The recovery of toilet paper from sewage water is more than using fine screens at the entrance of a sewage treatment plant, Wessels explained in his pitch. ‘It is a concept that is exploited by a joint venture called Cellvation and the product itself is called Recell’.

During the past three years, Cirtec conducted several pilots and learned that their fine screens remove about 55 percent of the incoming solides at the waste water treatment plant (wwtp). As a result the chemical-oxygen-demand drops 25 to 30 percent, reducing the plant’s energy consumption (20% less) and reducing the amount of sludge to be handled (also 20% less).

According to Wessels the screening of the incoming sewage water also benefits the wwtp-plant as a whole, as it holds back sand and hair so it cannot disturb the treatment process anymore.

The Recell product is now mainly sold to the asphalt industry that used it as an additive to improve the handling of asphalt during the construction of pavements.

dws-siww-2018-techxchang-rotec350px Winner in the category 'Most valuable technology' was Rotec's RO membrane with changable flow direction. Pitcher was CEO Noam Perlmuter (right).

Replacement for activated carbon
Cellvation is looking into the recovery of other materials from the sieve residue, Wessels disclosed: ‘We also recover lactic acid for the production of bioplastics. We are also looking into the production of biochars. If we mix the bioplastics with cellulose, we can produce high quality composites.’

Another the option Cellvation explores is the use production of activated biochare as an alternative for activated carbon in the waste water treatment. Removal of medicine, hormones and pharmaceuticals is our next challenge.

‘This alternative has a very good environmental footprint, as it is made from the solides in sewage water, and not from coal’other resources’, Wessels told.

Not a first place
CirTec was not selected as a winning pitch. The winning Most Valuable Technology was the Israeli firm Rotec for presenting their super-high recovery Reversed Osmosis membrane with an embedded flow reversal system.

Two companies, drone specialist AeroLion (Singapore) and zero liquid discharge technology firm Aquafortus (New Zeland), received the coveted TechXchange 2018 Rising Star Award.

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Road constructor KWS uses recycled toilet paper to improve asphalt pavement in Amsterdam, 5 July 2018
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Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: Ban Ki-moon salutes global water industry https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32180-siww-2018-ban-ki-moon-salutes-global-water-industry.html dws-siww2018-ban-ki-moon-stage-770px
‘The water industry is slowly adapting to climate change, urbanisation and population growth. I salute their effort’, said former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his opening key note at the Water Leaders Summit of the Singapore International Water Week on 10 July.

Ban Ki-moon confirmed to have accepted an invitation by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to head a special climate adaptation committee of the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), based in the Netherlands.

dws-siww2018-wls-closing-ovink-350px  Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink (middle) explained the complexity of financing water projects to achieve SDG6 on water.

Pledge for multilateralisme
In his keynote, the former Secretary-General of the UN denounced the growing nationalism in the world. His message was to strive for more multilateralism. ‘Let us work together on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’, Ban Ki-moon said. 'We will live in a world short of water. We are all in it together so let us construct bridges amongst countries.’

Later during the Water Leaders Summit, Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink joined a panel discussion on future solutions. Ovink too pledged for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He noticed that water is a cross-cutting issue, affecting most of the goals.

dws-siww2018-wls-closing-leverage-350px The Water as Leverage programme aims to generate projects to solve water issues in three Asian cities with multiple targets, not only water.

Valuing water
‘Investments in flood protection, water supply, and sanitation are often rewarded outside the water sector', Ovink continued.

'And if things go wrong, the consequences are often felt outside the water sector. This complicates the financing of measures to solve water problems, as water is not fully valued', he explained. 

Therefore, the Dutch government launched the programme Water as Leverage, that includes the Asian cities Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia). Civil engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, scientists and non-governmental organisations have been challenged to form interdisciplinary teams and to start pilots in these cities to solve complex urban issues with multiple benefits, such as social coherence, mobility, safety, renovation and recreation.

The idea is that multiple targets will allow the teams to raise more money for the project than just for water solutions alone. This summer the teams will be announced that will start the pilots.

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
SIWW 2018: ‘Growth of cities is to stay, get used to it’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32151-siww-2018-growth-of-cities-is-to-stay-get-used-to-it.html dws-siww2018-opening-panel1a-770px
‘Cities will attract young people and they do not want to live in slumps anymore. They want jobs and transportation to get to work. The increase of cities is to stay’, said Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva of the World Bank Group at the opening op de 10th edition of the Singapore International Water Week.

She advised cities to facilitate this growth and develop capacities to deliver services and make private parties to invest.

In reaction, Global Director of Cities John Batten at consultancy firm Acardis said it is all about storm water attenuation, trapping flood waters and slowly releasing it.

dws-siww2018-opening-greorgieva-350px CEO Kristalina Georgieva of the World Bank at the opening session of the Singapore International Water Week.

Job providers
The opening of the Singapore International Water Week was mainly about cities as the event coincides with the World Cities summit. Several speakers mentioned cities as the main providers of jobs.

Kristalina Georgieva of the World Bank Group remarked: ‘The growth of cities is there to stay. We have to get used to that.’

According to Georgieva cities must facilitate this growth and offer the necessary services such as proper housing, transportation and food, energy and water supplies.‘They also need to attract the private sector for the investments’, she added.

A good urban planning is an important precondition and the opening sessions made clear that cities have high expectations from the fast-developing ICT-technology, including remote sensing and artificial intelligence.

dws-siww2018-opening-batten-350px Global Director of Cities John Batten at the Arcadis booth in the exhibition area.

Storm water attenuation
To make a city more liveable the handling of storm water is becoming a crucial factor. ‘It is all about attenuation’, said John Batten of Arcadis in reaction to what was said at the opening session.

‘Storm water is normally seen as a nuisance. The rain water is transported out of the city as quickly as possible. Yet, it is an important resource for greening and cooling the city. And it is also to be used as resource to make drinking water, as is done here in Singapore”, said Batten.

Replumb cities
Batten likes to call it the replumbing of cities. ‘We have to level the peak flows and retain the water in the city. And water utilities shall need to deliver more drinking water, with less available water resources.’ ‘Turn storm water into an asset and use it to bring in the green’, Batten advised the cities.

Arcadis works around the globe in cities as Wuhan (China), San Francisco (USA) and Melbourne (Australia). ‘In Rotterdam, we successfully work with the municipality on the creation of green roofs. It does not only cools the city, but it also levels the run off to the sewers’, said Batten.

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Dredging work in Anaklia Deep Sea Port marine works awarded to Van Oord https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32130-dredging-work-in-anaklia-deep-sea-port-marine-works-awarded-to-van-oord.html dws-van-oord-anaklia-georgia-athena-770pxAnaklia Development Consortium (ADC) has awarded the early dredging and reclamation works for the Phase 1 Anaklia Deep Sea Port project to Van Oord. The port is expected to be ready by 2020. It will be the first deep water port in Georgia.

Large scale marine work
‘This is a historical moment, since Georgia has never witnessed marine works of this kind taking into consideration its scale and engineering solutions that are related to conduct reclamation activities’, says Ronny Solberg, CEO of Anaklia Construction Management team.

Solberg: ‘We are delighted to announce that an internationally renowned company such as Van Oord will be conducting this important part of marine construction.’

dws-van-oord-anaklia-port-impression-350px  Impression of the new deep sea port Anaklia, Gerogia.

Enhancement of regional trade
Director Europe of the Dredging unit, Govert van Oord, mentions the importance of the construction of Anaklia Deep Sea Port. ‘It will facilitate trade between Asia and Europe. The port will encourage development within Georgia, enhance regional trade and become a logistical hub.

Van Oord: ‘We are proud to be involved in this project and are looking forward to starting the dredging activities with our modern equipment’.

Cutter suction dredger Athena
Van Oord will deploy the self-propelled cutter suction dredger Athena (on top photo) to dredge a total amount of 5 million m3 of sand and will also be responsible for the installation of vertical drainage.

The Anaklia Port is planned to enter into commercial operation in December 2020 and is expected to become one of the largest ports in the Black Sea region with a handling capacity of up to 10,000 TEU vessels.

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

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Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch pump specialist explores options for cave rescue in Thailand https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32126-dutch-pump-specialist-explores-options-for-cave-rescue-in-thailand.html dws-van-heck-thai-cave-rescue2-770pxPump specialist Jeroen van Heck travelled to Thailand to look at the options to rescue the football team that is trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand.

After a first briefing Van Heck concluded there is no need for the huge pumps that his company usually deploys for calamitous situations, such floods.

In this case, Van Heck declared for the Dutch media, there is a need for several small pumps to bridge the long distance to the point where the 12 young footballers and their coach are trapped now for two weeks.

dws-van-heck-dunball-pumps-in-action-350px  For the cave rescue in Thailand, there is no need for huge pumps as were deployed by Van Heck to drain the flooded Somerset Level, UK in 2014.

Several narrow passages
To be able to come up with a viable option Van Heck said he needed more details first. The problem lies mainly in the several narrow passages in the cave.

On Dutch media he said to be studying how to get small supplies through these small passages. Additionally, more needed to be known about the flow of the water, both on quantities and on its directions.

Deployment of huge pumps
Van Heck's company has over twenty years of experience with this kind of calamities. In 2014, the company deployed eight huge pumps to drain the flooded Somerset Levels in England.

That same year, the company was contracted to empty the flooded Kolubara surface mine in Serbia. This time the company deployed 20 pumps that handled 150 million m3 before the mine could become operational again.

Read more on this website
Van Heck completes its biggest mobile pumping operation to date in Serbia, 18 May 2015
Dunball giants: photo coverage of an amazing flood relief effort on Somerset Levels, 19 February 2014
Dutch pumps assist in massive operation to remove flood waters from Somerset Levels, 9 February 2014

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Van Heck Group
Noordwolde, the Netherlands
+31 561 43 17 66

Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Road constructor KWS uses recycled toilet paper to improve asphalt pavement in Amsterdam https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32109-road-constructor-kws-uses-recycled-toilet-paper-to-improve-asphalt-pavement-in-amsterdam.html dws-kws-asphalt-cellulose-ijburg-770pxAmsterdam is the first municipality in the Netherlands with a road that has been paved with noise-reducing asphalt that includes recycled toilet paper.

Road constructor KWS used the cellulose from recycled toilet paper to improve the handling characteristics of the asphalt. The cellulose reduces the dripping of the bitumen.

The cellulose had been supplied by Cellvation that runs a filter installation at a sewage treatment plant just north of Amsterdam. A fine sieve screen separation technology is used to recover toilet paper from the incoming sewage water.

dws-kws-asphalt-cellulose-350px-1  Cellulose as recovered from sewage water and prccessed by Cellvation into a high quality product for the construction and chemical industry.

Sustainability in road constructions
Pepijn Kok, Managing Director of KWS Infra Amsterdam-Heerhugowaard explains: ‘Together with our clients, we strive for more applications of sustainable innovations. The 'upgrading' of toilet paper to a drip inhibitor for our asphalt is a good example of this.’

Alderman Marieke van Doorninck of Amsterdam emphasises the value that her city ads to circular building is great. ‘I think this is a very good example that symbolizes the circular economy. If we can even recycle toilet paper for new applications, it shows that we no longer have to consider anything as waste and can reuse everything.‘

dws-kws-asphalt-cellulose-fine-sieve-cirtec-350px Four fine sieves at a Dutch wwtp as the first step in the Cellvation process.

First application
Every year 180,000 tons of toilet paper is flushed down in toilets in the Netherlands. At some Dutch municipal waste water treatment plants fine sieves have been placed to separate the paper - the cellulose - from the incoming sewage water.

The first application of such recovered cellulose in the Netherlands was in 2016 when it was successfully used in the asphalt for the pavement of a cycle path.

The application in the noise-reducing asphalt in the road pavement in Amsterdam is a next step.

Large scale recovery
Supplier Cellvation specialises in scaling up the recovery of used toilet paper world wide and bringing collected cellulose to the market as high quality products. Potential products are aggregates in the construction Industry, insulating materials and plastics.

Cellvation is a joint venture of KNN Cellulose and CirTec.

This news item is based on the publicaton of a news release on the website of KWS (in Dutch only).

Read also on this website
ReCirc Singapore aims at joint development of resource recovery technology for circular economy, 19 December 2017
AIWW 2017: Cellvation wins Aquatech Innovation Award for recovery of toilet paper, 1 November 2017
PlasticRoad selected as finalist for INDEX Award 2017, 20 June 2017
Expertise: Water technology

More information
KWS/Volker Wessels
Vianen, the Netherlands
+31 347 35 73 00
and www.volkerwessels.com

Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 299 792 080

Impression of the paving of the road in Amsterdam where recovered toilet paper was used (Dutch spoken).

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
One third of the dams in Burkina Faso in dire need of maintenance https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32089-one-third-of-the-dams-in-burkina-faso-in-dire-need-of-maintenance.html dws-world-waternet-burkina-faso-dams-workers-770pxMany dams in Burkina Faso are in such a bad shape that they need to be rebuild. One third of the country’s 100 dams, that hold back water in barrages, need urgent maintenance. Regional water agency Gourma (AEG) has started a program to monitor, maintain and renovate essential barrages. The upstream construction of small sand dams, instead of large concrete dams, may be an answer to the solve the issue of the silting of the barrages.

This was suggested by Ewoud de Jong Posthumus who is working for World Waternet at their Burkinabe partner L’ Agence de l’Eau du Gourma (AEG). De Jong Posthumus recently wrote a blog on the issue of the poor condition of the dams and the silting barrages.

dws-world-waternet-burkina-faso-dam-breach-350px Inspection of a levee breach of a barrage in eastern Burkina Faso.

Inspection of barrages
In his blog De Jong Posthumus writes that he had joined a mission in December to identify the state of barrages in the eastern region. It turns out that one third of the dams (16 in total) are in dire need of maintenance and 35% (18 in total) of the barrages are in such a bad state that they have to be reconstructed.

Due to the absence of permanent rivers in eastern Burkina Faso the population is dependent on surface water, retained in more than a hundred reservoirs (referred to as barrages) and thousands of wells (forages), which give access to groundwater sources.

Most of the barrages were constructed by various organizations and international donor aid in the 70s and 80s during an extreme period of drought that affected West Africa. However, these projects were lacking a good plan with regard to the maintenance of the barrages.

As a result many dams - essential for the water supply and socio-economic development - are in very poor condition right now.

dws-world-waternet-burkina-faso-dam-water-event-350px Walk for water by the team of the Regional Water Agency Gourma with Ewoud De Jong Posthumus (right). The walk was part of the first Foire de l’Eau in Fada n’Gourma in late March.

Involving local communities
The regional water agency Gourma (AEG) has started a program to monitor, maintain and renovate essential barrages. De Jong Posthumus mentions the rehabilitation of the barrage in Dargo and Bulsa as good examples.

In Dargo, the AEG has implemented a program with a capacity building approach. People from the local community (see top photo) have been hired by the water agency to strengthen the dyke and to construct a stone barrier around the barrage.

The stone barrier acts as a sand trap and at the same time it marks a protection zone. Within this zone no agricultural activities are allowed. Due to this new zone farmers had to move further upstream. To compensate for the expenses, the famers were given fruit trees that have been planted within the protection zone.

The farmers literally reap the fruits and simultaneously contribute to reforestation which has a positive effect on the microclimate around the reservoir.

Sand damming
In his blog De Jong Posthumus also brings up the issue of erosion and silting of the barrages. In particular the barrage in the city of Bulsa that has lost significant storage capacity due to sedimentation caused by erosion upstream.

The regional water agency Gourma has investigated the feasibility for excavating this silted barrage.

According to De Jong Posthumus the excavating of about 20 Olympic swimming pools of sand has to be repeated about every 20 years. As this is a costly affair, he looked into the possibility to construct low sand dams on ephemeral streams.

Sand dams can capture sand and create artificial aquifers used to store storm flows.

De Jong Posthumus reports that a consultant of regional water agency has included the sand damming technique in the recommendations.

Read the full blog on the website of World Waternet.

Read also on this website
Dutch partners ready to start water and agriculture project in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 6 February 2017
A4Lab deploys drones to explore water potential of dry river beds in Mozambique, 21 May 2017
Country: Burkina Faso
Expertise: Water for all

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World Waternet
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 900 9394

Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Deltares tests dampening effect of willow trees in wave flume https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32054-deltares-tests-dampening-effect-of-willow-trees-in-wave-flume.html dws-deltares-flume-willows-high-wave-770pxWorld’s largest wave flume has been planted with 32 pollard willow trees. Dutch-based research institute Deltares has started testing the dampening effect of the trees on waves. In the coming days the real sized trees will be battered with huge waves up to 4 meters. Deltares will measure the run up of the remaining waves at the end of the flume, indicating the dampening by the willow trees.

dws-deltares-flume-willows-waves-remaining-350px-1  By measuring the remaining wave height after passing the willows, Deltares can collect data on the dampening effect.

Small wood of willows in flume
A lot of claims are made worldwide about the role nature can play in combating floods, typhoons and tsunamis. However, no sound research has ever been conducted into the effect of nature on extreme conditions of this kind.

How well do trees break the waves? Can the trees themselves withstand the forces involved? Nobody really knows.

Which is why researchers from research institute Deltares have built a wood of pollar willows. This specie is very common in the Dutch landscape and is expected to grow well if planted on the slope of a levee.

Natural mitigation of flood risks
Ecologist and coastal expert Bregje van Wesenbeeck at Deltares: ‘You can’t always just go around building dikes. In this study, we will be looking at how we can use systems already present naturally to mitigate flood risks.´

According to Van Wesenbeeck there is a lot of demand around the world for new innovative solutions for flood risk management. ´Particularly against the backdrop of climate change and the growth of the global population.’

Van Weesenbeeck remarks that the testing of the willows in the Delta Flume is very liking to be followed by a similar testing of mangrove trees.

There is a general notion that mangrove forests can provide flood protecion but according to Van Weesenbeeck little data is available on the real dampening effects. 'For coastal engineering and dimensioning of such forests, we shall need a better understanding of the wave dampening', she added. 

dws-deltares-flume-mangrioves-300px Deltares considers a similar test on mangrove trees that have a very different profile.

With and without leaves
The Delta Flume is 300 metres long, 5 metres wide, and 7.5 - 9 metres deep. Wave heights of up to 4 metres can be generated, making it possible to test the effect of waves on vegetation at full scale and to improve models for extreme wave conditions.

Several types of test will be carried out: one test series with willows with leaves, one without leaves, a test series with thinned crowns and a test series without trees. In this way, the study can determine the role played by leaves, branches and trees. The trial will run for a total of twelve days, followed by the data analysis phase.

The aim is to conduct a trial with real mangroves next year.

In addition to Deltares, TU Delft, NIOZ, Boskalis, Van Oord, Rijkswaterstaat, the World Wildlife Fund and VP Delta are closely involved in this study. There is still a shortfall of 50,000 euros for this project.

The general public is also being asked to contribute through a crowfunding campaign so that all the necessary analyses can be completed: www.woodsversuswaves.com.

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

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Super waves put old asphalt levee strips to the test at Deltares, 11 July 2017
Deltares puts vertical composite sea wall to the test in world’s biggest wave flume, 23 December 2016
World’s biggest man-made wave rolls down Delta Flume during inauguration, 6 October 2015
Expertise: Enabling delta live

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 82 73

Deltares researcher Bregje van Wesenbeeck reporting from the Delta Flume just before the waves rolled in.

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Simavi: Let the water vending machine revolution begin in Dodoma, Tanzania https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/32031-simavi-let-the-water-vending-machine-revolution-begin-in-dodoma-tanzania.html dws-simavi-vending-machine-crowd-funding-770px
One week after Dutch non-governmental organisation Simavi announced the crowdfunding campaign, 4,000 euro was raised for social entrepreneur Said to build a water vending machine in Ngomai, Tanzania.

Said needs 16,000 euro for his smart system that can provide safe drinking water with the aid of solar energy.

His plan is to roll out the concept of the water vending machine for the whole Dodoma region and later for the whole world.

dws-simavi-vending-machine-dodoma-350px  Social entrepreneur Said is in need of 16.000 euro to build a water vending machine in Ngomai.

Easy scalable
Unlike many other water projects, this is a social enterprise, with a scalable plan. That is why Simavi set up a crowdfunding campaign to speed up the growth of Said’s social enterprise Ufundiko.

A smart system that differs from existing water pumps in two important ways: villagers pay for water and thus finance the maintenance of the pump.

Besides, thanks to an online dashboard, everybody can see at any time how much water the pump will tap, when it deviates and when the pump may not function properly and needs to be repaired.

The system is a structural solution to an age-old problem. Due to lack of maintenance, 30 to 40 percent of the water pumps are dry. As a result, women sometimes have to walk for hours for drinking water. Precious time that they can use well for their family or to make money.

dws-simavi-vending-machine-nugototo-350pxGenerating income for maintenance
After the successful pilot carried out recently in Nugototo village (on top photo), the next step is to build a Water Vending Machine, including technology, in Ngomai.

By doing so, we will make drinking water available to 7,000 people.

At the same time, the machine starts generating income for maintenance, repair and development.

Water vending revolution
Simavi calls upon everybody to become an investor in this revolution, just like Said.

On the online dashboard, Said and Simavi will keep you updated every quarter, on the impact of the total investment and how many people use safe drinking water.

Join the Water Vending Revolution!

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

Read also on this website
● Eight winning African entrepreneurs to pilot their water innovative ideas, 5 December 2016
Stockholm world water week: Let’s accelerate WASH, let’s do it differently, 27 August 2015
Expertise: Water for all
Country: Tanzania

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 313 15 00

Social entrepreneur Said calls for financial support for his plan to build a water vending machine for 7,000 people in Ngomani, Tanzania.

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
WISA2018: 'Bye Day Zero' wins Wetskills South Africa challenge https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31988-wisa2018-bye-day-zero-wins-wetskills-south-africa-challenge.html dws-wisa-wetskills-winners-770px
Minister Gugile Nkwinti of Water and Sanitation of South Africa and Dutch special way envoy Henk Ovink, awarded the winning team of the Wetskills South Africa challenge for their concept ‘Bye Day Zero’. The award ceremony took place at the WISA Conference in Cape Town on 26 June.

dws-wisa-wetskills-masterclass-350px  Masterclass with Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink on tackling complex water issues with various stakeholders.

Raising awareness for water footprint
The winning team Water Sleuths (on top photo) came up with a concept to raise awareness of Capetonians on their water footprint, on top of their direct water use.

The water footprint brings in other water users, such as the energy companies for the production of electricity, farmers to grow crops, and industry to make consumer’s products.

The team suggested to lower the water footprint for Cape Town as a whole, to avoid Day Zero - the day that Cape Town runs dry - on the long term.

The City of Cape Town and Water Footprint Implementation formulated the case and supported the team during their research.

Masterclass on global challenges
The Wetskills challenge was held for the fourth time in South Africa and this year's programme also included a masterclass on Global Water Challenges at the University of Cape Town.

Spoecial envoy Henk Ovink lead the masterclass and shared his experiences and reflections on tackling complex water challenges with various stakeholders.

About Wetskills water challenge
Since 2010, more than 500 students and young water professionals from 120 universities and organizations have participated in one of the 28 Wetskills Water Challenges. These events took place in Asia, Africa, America and Europe.

Later this year, Wetskills Challenges will take place in Semarang, Indonesia (2-16 September) and Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (15-27 September)..

Read also on this website
Winning team Wetskills Korea water challenge announced at Olympic Winter Games, 11 February 2018
AIWW 2017: Rain triggered fish passage wins Wetskills young professionals challenge, 6 November 2017
WISA2014: Concept of business wise training wins second Wetskills Water Challenge in South Africa, 30 May 2014
Country: South Africa

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Watch the movie about this year’s Wetskills edition in South Africa.

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Landustrie Sneek to supply five screw pumps for wwtp La Farfana in Santiago, Chili https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31980-landustrie-sneek-to-supply-five-screw-pumps-for-wwtp-la-farfana-in-santiago-chili.html dws-landustrie-wwtp-farfane-screw-770px-1
Landustrie Sneek announced the supply of five Landy screws pumps for the inlet station of La Farfana waste water treatment plant in the Chilean capital of Santiago. The contract values several million euros.

Every day the inlet station handles about 600,000 to 700,000 m3 of sewage water, making it the largest wwtp in Latin America.

dws-landustrie-screws-wwtp-la-farfane-harrison-hot-springs-350px  Example of two Landy screw pumps installed in Harrison Hot Springs, USA in a pumping station for flood control.  

Quality as spearhead
Prior to awarding the contract, the Chilean water company EDAM Ltda had issues various tenders that specified a large package of requirements.

Landustrie reports that not only the lowest price was considered, but also quality aspects and references. ‘Quality is one of our spearheads’, the Dutch company explains, ‘especially since the existing screw pumps at wwtp La Farfane, after only a few years of operation, showed breakage.’

For the design of its screws, Landustrie uses the Finite Element Method. This calculation program allows to map all forces acting on the screws, under all circumstances. This enables Landustrie to select the most ideal.

Structural modification to pumping station
All five Landy screw pumps, with a diameter of 3.7 meters and a length of about 21 meters, are delivered and assembled with drive and electric control.

Landustrie is also responsible for the structural modifications of the pumping station. Replacement of the existing screws by the new Landy screws will take place in different phases.

The entire project must be completed by the end of 2022.

 Read also on this website
Landustrie to supply surface aerators for wwtp Jebel Ali in Dubai, 14 November 2017
Landustrie Archimedes screw pumps double capacity of water storage in Bangor, Northern Ireland, 2 February 2015
Expertise: Water technology
● Country: Chili

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Landustrie Sneek
Sneek, the Netherlands
+31 515 486 888

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
WISA2018: South Africa and the Netherlands prologue cooperation in the water sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31959-wisa2018-south-africa-and-the-netherlands-prologue-cooperation-in-the-water-sector.html dws-wisa-mou-signing-770px
The South African Department of Water and Sanitation and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during this year’s WISA 2018 conference.

The MoU was signed by South African minister Gugile Nkwinti (left on top photo) of Water and Sanitation and Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink in Cape Town on 25 June.

By signing the MoU, both parties pledge their commitment for the continued and joint effort in the collaboration in the water sector.

dws-wisa-mou-visi-nkwinti-350px   South African water minister Gugile Nkwinti visiting the Netherlands Pavilion at the WISA conference.

Long standing relationship
The Netherlands and South Africa enjoy a long and productive relationship in the area of water management and sanitation. The first bilateral agreement was signed in 2013.

The MoU is also an extension of the commitment and contribution to the 2030 UN Agenda, which seeks to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

‘South Africa and the Netherlands have a longstanding and constructive relationship in the water sector’, said Henk Ovink, first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Ovink: ‘Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals 6 and 11, we look forward to the opportunity of continuing this fruitful relationship and finding innovative solutions together’.

Groundwater management
A Joint Steering Committee on Water Resources consisting of both parties will ensure the implementation of the goals of the MoU.

dws-wisa-nl-pavilion-350pxThe committee will follow a holistic approach in membership to include representations from the private sector, non-governmental organisations and knowledge institutions.

Other areas of cooperation mentioned in the MoU are:
● Strengthening water governance
● Climate change adaptation
● Urban water management
● Water management in river basins
● Water efficiency
● Water re-use
● Use of alternative water resources

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

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Water drones steal the show at Volvo ocean race stopover Cape Town, South Africa, 21 December 2017
First HydroNet control room for Inkomati-Usuthu catchment management agency, South Africa, 4 October 2016
WISA2014: Dutch water boards assist in creation new Catchment Management Agencies, South Africa, 27 May 2014
Country: South Africa

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Dutch-South African design platform CocreateSA
c/o Ministry of Foreign Affaires
The Hague, the Netherlands


Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Arcadis to address storm water runoff and water quality for State of Georgia, USA https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31955-arcadis-to-address-storm-water-runoff-and-water-quality-for-state-of-georgia-usa.html dws-arcadis-georgia-street-flooding-770px
Consultancy firm Arcadis announced its selection by Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to administer the state wide MS4 Permit compliance program and support safe water quality standards.

As part of the 17.5 million US Dollar contract, Arcadis will conduct an extensive state-wide storm water system inventory of MS4 outfalls, drainage structures, retention and water quality facilities.

dws-arcadis-georgia-run-off-street-350pxStorm water management
Across the state of Georgia, storm water runoff is transported through infrastructure known as Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems (MS4s). They are designed to collect excess precipitation, then discharge it into local bodies of water.

Permits, as well as the development of a comprehensive storm water management program are required to help prevent harmful pollutants from being washed into the sewer system.

GDOT’s current storm water management program covers 5,800 miles of roadway and 218 facilities across seven state districts.

Prioritize drainage issues
Arcadis will function as an extension of GDOT staff to prioritize and address issues most likely to adversely affect water quality standards:
● Conduct drainage system maintenance based on GDOT’s asset management criteria and risk-based approach using a GIS model,
● Oversee assessments of post-construction compliance for projects in design,
● Assist GDOT with a solution to drainage problems inside MS4 areas, including inspection of facilities and development of remediation plans,
● Implement a comprehensive training program.

dwx-arcadis-georgia-atlanta-park-350px An award winning storm water detention pond in Atlanta, constructed as part of a park.

Long-standing relationship 
‘Arcadis is excited to grow and strengthen its existing relationship with GDOT to improve mobility, safety and sustainability,’ said Arcadis President of Infrastructure Wassim Selman.

Dan Pass, assistant state design policy engineer at GDOT, referred to GDOT’s long-standing relationship with Arcadis that included the development of a storm water management and compliance programme.

‘Arcadis has delivered an MS4 program tailored to our transportation environment,” said Pass.

‘They not only have a comprehensive understanding of our MS4 Permit, but a clear understanding of the future needs of the program. They successfully completed the first five years with no compliance issues.’

This news item was originally published on the website of Arcadis USA.

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Arcadis wins contract for seawall project to protect waterfront of San Francisco, USA, 9 November 2017
Arcadis to design a more flood protective park-like coastline for Manhattan, New York, 27 September 2017
Arcadis to design enhanced storm water infrastructure for city of Norfolk, USA, 16 August 2017
Expertise: Resilient cities
Country: USA

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+31 20 2011 011 




Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
BAM hands over jetty for Costa Norte LNG Terminal in Colon, Panama https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31944-bam-hands-over-jetty-for-costa-norte-lng-terminal-in-colon-panama.html dws-bam-iconsa-lng-jetty-panama-770px
BAM Iconsa, a joint venture consisting of Dutch construction firm BAM International and Panama’s marine construction firm Iconsa, has completed the construction of an LNG import jetty and an intake-outfall structure for the Costa Norte LNG Terminal in Colon, Panama.

South-Korea’s POSCO E&C is the main contractor to deliver the Costa Norte LNG Terminal for AES Corporation from the US, one of the world’s leading power companies.


New marine facilities
The BAM Iconsa joint venture’s scope comprised the marine facilities, consisting of the LNG jetty with a 216-metre-long trestle, a 50m x 35m platform, four breasting dolphins, six mooring dolphins as well as the intake and outfall structure.

Sister company BAM Infraconsult/DMC was involved in the design of the new jetty.

Panamas’ first LNG terminal
The Costa Norte LNG Terminal, the first LNG facility to be built in Panama, is located near the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal, Colon, Panama. The import jetty is designed to receive LNG vessels in the range of 30,000 - 180,000 m3.

The BAM Iconsa joint venture considered close cooperation with local suppliers and involvement of local workers as a key factor to successfully deliver this project.

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

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BAM to design and construct new mega cruise pier in Curaçao, 19 April 2016
Joint venture BAM Clough completes iron ore jetty in Port Hedland, Australia, 7 April 2015
Country: Panama

More information
BAM International
Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 182 59 06 30

Panama’s first LNG plant and jetty under construction in October 2017.

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IHE Delft welcomes delegates for Asia-Netherlands Learning Week https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31920-ihe-delft-welcomes-delegates-for-asia-netherlands-learning-week.html dws-ihe-asian-learning-week-770px
On 18 June, IHE Delft was pleased to welcome delegates from nine Asian countries to hear about the Institute’s work in relation to Integrated Flood Risk Management, which is the theme of the Asia-Netherlands Learning Week 2018.

Sponsored by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and organized by the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), this annual event allows organizations from the Dutch water sector to share knowledge and experience on a different aspect of water management.

dws-ihe-asian-learning-week-4th-ed-350px The learning week is in its sixth edition and will again include many meetings with experts as here seen during the 4th edition in 2015.

Flood risk management
The delegates have the opportunity to attend meetings and go on excursions to learn about the experiences of the Netherlands in coping with water issues inherent to the country, and approaches and initiatives of the Asian Development Bank and IHE Delft.

This year, a number of IHE Delft staff described their approach to integrated flood risk management and demonstrated practical examples by means of case studies.

Group visits
There will be plenty of time for the delegates to focus on the water challenges of their own country, facilitated and advised by staff from IHE Delft.

The programme also includes many group visits to Dutch water institutes and special locations in the field of flood prevention, water treatment and water management.

The week culminates with each working group presenting the key lessons they had learned, an action plan and follow-up activities once they return home.

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

Read also on this website
● Graduation Day 2018: 138 water professionals receive their MSc degree at IHE Delft, 30 April 2018
● Learning Alliance identifies pilot for green coastal protection in Kendari Bay, Indonesia, 27 February 2015
● Unesco-IHE and Asian Development Bank start 3rd water learning week in Delft, the Netherlands, 18 June 2014

More information
IHE Delft
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 2152321

Netherlands Water Partnership
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700

Asian Development Bank
Manila, Philippines
+63 2 6324444


Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Wetlands International receives second grant to continue peatland restoration in Russia https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31891-wetlands-international-receives-second-grant-to-continue-peatland-restoration-in-russia.html dws-wetlands-peatland-russia-at-works-770px
The International Investment Bank provided Wetlands International with the second grant to prologue its work restoring peatlands in Russia.

Nikolay Kosov, Chairman of the International Investment Bank Board, handed out a cheque of 40,000 euros to representatives Tatiana Minayeva of Wetlands International, on June 4, 2018. In 2016 Wetlands International already received a grant of 70,000 euro for the project.

dws-wetlands-peatland-rissia-hand-out-350px  IIB's chairman Nikolay Kosov (left) hands out the cheque to Tatiana Minayeva (middle).

New approaches in nature conservation
‘This grant is indicative of high appreciation for the work we’ve already done and represents active support of our plans for the future’, said Tatiana Minayeva, project coordinator at Wetlands International.

Minayeva: ‘We are glad that the bank helps meet the challenge of restoring peatland ecosystems, which is very important for the ecological situation in Russia, and contributes to the implementation of the most up-to-date technologies and approaches to nature conservation’.

IIB’s chairman of the board, Nikolay Kosov, mentioned that the restoration projects fully complies with the mission of his institution as a diversified development bank.

‘All-around support of green projects and consistent environmental protection activities are the bank’s strategic priority to which we will continue to adhere”, Kosov said.

dws-wetlands-russia-gis-map-350px GIS based decision making instrument on peatlands management has already been developed for local authorities.

Rewetting degraded peatlands
Millions of hectares of drained and abandoned peatlands in European Russia are highly vulnerable to fires, such as those that covered Moscow in smoke during the extremely dry summer of 2010.

Rewetting degraded peatlands, especially abandoned peat mining sites, and establishing a sustainable usage will prevent fires and their negative impacts on climate and biodiversity.

The project aims to restore the hydrological regime in an area of around 15,000 ha in the Moscow, Vladimir and Tver provinces, including 11,000 ha.

GIS-based decision making
The partners use state-of-the-art technologies for nature conservation, including the mapping of peatland with remote sensing, prioritisation of sites based on a decision support system and a GIS based peatlands management system.

A specially developed peatland management system has already been handed over to the Government of the Moscow Province.

The total amount of emission reductions already achieved is estimated at 175,000 to 220,000 tons CO2 equivalent per annum.

dws-wetlands-peatland-russia-woods-350pxAbout International Investment Bank
The International Investment Bank was established in 1970 and engages in commercial lending for the benefit of national investment projects in nine member countries, including Russia.

The bank pays special attention to nature when implementing its social responsibility projects and initiatives.

Since 2016 the bank has been providing grants for environmental programs in its member states, including charitable contributions to WWF for protection of wildlife in Mongolia and Vietnam and financing development of the WWF Water Risk Filter tool.

About Wetlands
Wetlands International is an independent, not-for-profit, global organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, their resources and biodiversity.

It has 20 regional, national or project offices in all continents and a head office in the Netherlands. With the support of dozens of governmental, NGO and corporate donors and partners, it supports various projects in over 100 countries.

About Restoring Peatlands in Russia
The project is financed under the International Climate Initiative (ICI) by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), facilitated through the KfW German Development Bank, and implemented by Wetlands International in partnership with the Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, the Michael Succow Foundation and the Institute of Botany and Landscape Biology, Greifswald University in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation and the governments of the Russian Federation constituent entities.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Wetlands International and International Investment Bank.

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Video on the Restoring Peatlands in Russia project that addresses the problems with drained and abandoned peatlands, which are fire-prone and cause major emissions of carbon dioxide.

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