Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Voltea wins Global Water Award 2018 for its CapDI breakthrough technology https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31053-voltea-wins-global-water-award-2018-for-its-capdi-breakthrough-technology.html dws-voltea-gws-award-gala-770px
One of the winners of this year’s Global Water Awards is Voltea for successfully commercializing its CapDI desalination technology. Voltea won the award in the category Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year.

The 2018 Global Water Awards were handed out during the Global Water Summit that took place in Paris on 16 and 17 April.

Established in 2006 by Global Water Intelligence, the Global Water Awards recognise and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater and desalination sectors that are moving the industry forward.

dws-voltea-gwi-award-2018-brister-350px  Happily surprised CEO Bryan Brister (left) of Voltea at the Global Water Summit in Paris.

Exciting times for water sector
During the opening ceremony, British TV presenter Claire McCollum, reflected on the development of the water sector in 2017 highlighting the importance of innovations for the transformation of the global water sector to further improve its performance.

“It is an exciting time for the international water industry, with some of the most significant opportunities the water sector has seen in a decade presented on the agenda for this year’s conference. It heralds a new paradigm for the water industry as the arrival of new technologies, businesses and sources of finance are empowering the water industry to rethink the way it does business”, McCollum said.

Breakthrough as a company
2017 was an exceptional good year for Voltea. It saw it’s capacitive deionisation (CapDI) technology take off as one of the most successful alternatives to reverse osmosis in recent years.

Voltea gained significant market traction in the industrial and commercial sectors, with over 100 systems being shipped.

The company also closed a 10 million US dollar funding round to further accelerate its growth, and brought the full capacity of its robotic module assembly plant in Dallas online.

In 2010 the company also received a award at the Global Water Summit but then as a winner of The Water Technology Idol Competition.

dws-voltea-gws-award-luow-trophy-350px At the summit in Paris, Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) network introduced five new members, including Dutch water utility PWN Noord-Holland. CEO Joke Cuperus (second left) was one five to receive the Golden Tap trophy for new members.

Disruptive technology
“We’re extremely grateful to be recognized by GWI for our disruptive technology, which has transformed the way many industries treat water,” said Voltea CEO Bryan Brister. “Our salt-free, chemical-free technology is being used by some of the top companies in the world for a variety of uses, from cooling towers to point-of-use water treatment for coffee and fountain drinks.”

Voltea’s industrial and commercial CapDI systems run with patented CapDI technology, which monitors incoming water quality in real time, and self-adjusts performance to ensure it delivers consistent, precise water quality.

About Voltea
Supported by multinational Unilever, Voltea started in 2006 to develop its capacitive deionisation (CapDI) desalination technology in the Netherlands.

Last year Voltea opened its production facility in Texas, USA about 18 and now has about 30 local employees and continues to grow.

Its CapDI technology recently outperformed RO and electrodialysis at a municipal pilot in Colorado, potentially paving the way for a full-scale contract involving a 18,168m3/d plant.

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Expertise: Water technology

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Sassenheim, the Netherlands
+31 252 200 100


Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
GCECA underlines call for better financial data from companies on climate risk https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31027-gceca-underlines-call-for-better-financial-data-from-companies-on-climate-risk.html dws-gceca-dnb-report-aerial-flood-2011-thailand-770px-1
The financial sector needs better data from companies about the financial impact of climate change for their business operations. That was one of the outcomes of a working group by leading Dutch banks on the consequences of climate change-related risk for the Dutch financial sector.

The outcomes were recently published by the Dutch DNB National Bank, following the first ever International Climate Risk Conference for Supervisors held in Amsterdam on 6 April.

dws-gceca-dnb-risk-scheme-450px  Scheme of the financial risks as seen by the Bank of Engeland in their Quarterly bulltine in 2017.

Trillions at risk
The final report of the Climate Risk Working Group quotes the Economist Intelligence Unit that estimates the total value at risk, as a result of climate change, to the total global stock of manageable assets as ranging from 4.2 trillion to 4.3 trillion US dollar between now and the end of the century.

Despite the fact that empirical evidence for climate change is overwhelming, markets do not seem to price in the risk, the DNB report warns.

A survey among 28 financial institutions, conducted by DNB, revealed a near universal consensus that climate-related transition risks are currently not adequately priced into the market.

Reasons are the complexity, lack of data, regulatory uncertainty and manifestation beyond a five-year horizon.

The potential impact of climate change became very visual in Thailand when over 10,000 companies were flooded in 2011 (on top photo), impacting the computer and car industries in Japan and USA due to reduced supply of parts.

dws-gceca-dnb-call-bloomberg2-g20 Chair Michael Bloomberg presented the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) at the G20 in Hamburg in July last year.

Data framework
Investors, lenders and insurance underwriters need better information on the assessment and pricing of climate-related risks and opportunities.

The working group advised to set up a framework under the umbrella of the G20’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), an industry-led initiative created to develop a set of recommendations for voluntary climate-related financial disclosures

More transparency
In its reaction on the report, the Dutch-based Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) emphasized the call for more financial transparency from companies on their climate-related risks.

Mapping and managing climate-related physical risks are an especially large challenge, the GCECA reacts.

The climate adaptation centre wants to play a key role in bringing this forward and to accelerate implementation of adaptation action.

Together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the centre organizes a – invitation only - conference for the international financial sector on 'Advancing TCFD guidance on physical climate risk & opportunities' on 31 May in London.

The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation focuses its activities on those areas where acceleration is most needed, and where this is complementary to the work of others. It is an independent organisation, working across the Global North and South, with offices in the Netherlands.

GCECA was initiated by UN Environment and the governments of the Netherlands, Japan and the Philippines and has established partnerships with with global organisations, NGOs, governments, financial institutions knowledge institutions and businesses to accelerate climate adaptation.

Download tghe full eport (as a pdf-file): DNB Sustainable Finance Platform working group on climate risk.

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COP23: Launch of GCECA centre to speed up worldwide climate adaptation. 15 November 2017
Global climate adaptation centre gets a floating office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 22 September 2017
● Expertise: Resilient cities and Enabling delta life

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 524 9111

Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Pure Water Group delivers additional CEDI water treatment units to power plant in Egypt https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/31012-pure-water-group-delivers-additional-cedi-water-treatment-units-to-power-plant-in-egypt.html dws-pure-water-egypt-power-plant-770px-1
Another contract to deliver high capacity Continuous Electro Deionization Systems (CEDI) and Membrane Degassing Units (MDU) for supercritical power projects in Egypt has been awarded to Pure Water Group.

The new projects at Assiut and Cairo West each have a pure water production capacity of 65 m3/h for use in supercritical steam generation.

Previously, Pure Water Group successfully supplied equipment and components to Damietta, Assiut, New Capital and Burulles.

dws-pure-water-egypt-cedi-350px  High flow industrial CEDI-unit as devliered to two new Egyptian power plants.

Selective membranes
Continuous Electro Deionization (CEDI) is a electrochemical water treatment process that is applied after reverse osmosis (RO).

It purifies the RO effluent water to a constant quality (ultra) pure water by removing most of the remaining ions, including weakly ionized materials, like silicates and CO2.

Tender evaluation
Prior to the contract win, Pure Water had to demonstrate the completion and satisfactory operation of similar projects at three different locations, for a minimum period of two years.

The long reference list and past experience of Pure Water Group, together with an established reputation and full compliance with project criteria, proved to be deciding factors in the tender evaluation.

About Pure Water Group
Pure Water Group is a leading manufacturer of High Purity and Ultra Pure Water equipment and highly specialized in the Electro Deionization and Membrane Degassing technology.

From its European factory advanced equipment is distributed to water system integrators across the globe.

The equipment is typically implemented in the process and power industry, pharmaceutical production facilities and at haemodialysis centres. The application and product knowledge enable us to guarantee qualitative, high-end solutions which meet our customers’ expectations on every level.

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

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Country: Egypt
Expertise: Water technology

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Sprundel, the Netherlands
+31 165 348 253

Video showing how CEDI-technology works.


Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Celebration 150th anniversary of Van Oord starts with the naming of the first LNG vessel https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30996-celebration-150th-anniversary-of-van-oord-starts-with-the-naming-of-the-first-lng-vessel.html dws-van-oord-werkendam-lng-crane-vessel-770px-1
Dredging company Van Oord launched its first LNG-powered vessel the 'Werkendam' on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.

The event took place in the town of Werkendam, the Netherlands, the cradle of the company, on 14 April.

dws-van-oord-celebration-naming-pia-van-oord4-350px Family member Pia van Oord (left) on board of LNG-powered crane vessel Werkendam after the naming ceremony.

Less air emissions
The Werkendam crane vessel is Van Oord’s first LNG-powered vessel and is therefore the start of a new generation of dredging vessels.

The vessel is fully powered by LNG, with gas oil as a back-up. With the storage tank on the aft deck, the Werkendam can store enough LNG on board to sail and operate for fourteen days without having to refuel.

In comparison with diesel, LNG emits 80 percent less particulate matter and 70 percent less nitrous oxide. A CO2 reduction of 25 percent is also achieved.

First job in Rotterdam harbour
The crane vessel will be used mainly for the execution of Dutch projects of the subsidiary Paans Van Oord.

The first job for the Werkendam will be maintenance dredging and revetment works in the harbour of Rotterdam.

In 2018, Van Oord is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The naming ceremony of the Werkendam by Pia van Oord was one of the festivities during the anniversary year.

Pia van Oord is the wife of Govert van Oord, who is the grandson of forefather Govert van Oord, who, as an entrepreneur, laid the foundations of the current Van Oord in 1868. The Dutch regions of Werkendam and Biesbosch were his working area.

Global market leader
Over the years Van Oord has become a global market leader for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects (oil, gas and wind), operating in more than fifty countries.

In 2017, it had a turnover of 1,53 billion euro (2017), with 4,500 employees and a fleet of 63 vessels.

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

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 8260000

Video of the naming ceremony of the LNG crane vessel Werkendam on 14 April.


Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Call for students: 13 new PhD positions at water technology centre Wetsus, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30972-call-for-students-13-new-phd-positions-at-water-technology-centre-wetsus-the-netherlands.html dws-wetsus-phd-call-student-770px
There is only one month left for students to apply for the 13 new PhD positions at European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, Wetsus in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Wetsus seeks highly motivated candidates with interest in water science and technology, with an MSc degree in microbiology, chemistry, (applied) physics, bio-technology, chemical engineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, or related disciplines. 

The call for applications closes on 11 May 2018.

dws-wetsus-phd-call-building-350px  The iconic building of Wetsus at the WaterCampus Leeuwarden.

International research
To stimulate mobility of researchers and to further internationalize the research program, Wetsus received funding for the WaterSEED project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement.

The best eligible candidates will be awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship.

Unique setting
The Wetsus research program brings together research on water technology from over 16 universities from all over Europe in one physical location in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

The research is demand driven through active participation of more than 100 industrial partners in the program. Key elements in the program are the strong focus on interdisciplinary interaction, entrepreneurial skills and societal relevance.

dws-wetsus-phd-call-lab Well equipped research laboratory at Wetsus.

Excellent facilities
The PhD students will be working in an innovative, dynamic and future-directed institute on water technology research. You will work in close collaboration with industrial partners.

Wetsus offers excellent research facilities. One floor of its building at the WaterCampus Leeuwarden is completely dedicated to the research.

The floor plan consists of almost 500 m2 laboratory, divided in analytical, biological, chemical and synthesis laboratories.

Read more about the PhD positions

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International audit qualifies Wetsus as world class water technology institute, 10 October 2017
Wetsus has 8 PhD positions for top water technology scientists at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 21 September 2016
Expertise: Water technology

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Vlog by Raquel Barbosa (Portugal – 2nd year) and Elias Bodner (Finland – 1st year) telling about there lives as a PhD student at Wetsus.

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
WLA Award of Excellence for flood resilient coastal area East Boston, USA https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30941-wla-award-of-excellence-for-flood-resilient-coastal-area-east-boston-usa.html dws-one-wla-award-boston-insert2-690px
US-Dutch design team Kleinelder, Stoss, One Architecture, Urbanism and Woods Hole Group won the annual World Landscape Architecture award 2018 for its conceptual design of a resilient coastline for East Boston.

The e-magazine World Landscape Architecture announced this year’s winners on 11 April for each category including Built Design – Small, Built Design – Large, Conceptual and Student.

dws-one-wla-award-aerial2-350px  City of Boston wants to be prepared for climate change and makes its coastline more resilent to extreme storms.

Innovative landscape architecture
The annual award programme was launched by the WLA e-magazine in 2017 and aims to recognise outstanding and innovative work by landscape architects and students across the globe.

The five headed jury is chosen by WLA from internationally acclaimed landscape architectural and design practices. They selected this year’s winners from entries of all over the world and addressed many themes, particularly climate change and creating places for people.

Climate preparedness planning
The winning design, the Coastal Resilience Solutions For East Boston and Charlestown outlines short- and long-term strategies for protecting some of Boston's most disadvantaged communities and hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of critical infrastructure.

Boston is among just a few cities taking on climate preparedness planning in advance of suffering from the kind of storm events that have ravaged parts of Houston, Puerto Rico, South Florida, and New York recently and in the past few years.

dws-one-wla-award-boston-aerial-impression-350pxCombination of functions
The design includes waterfront open spaces with strategic elevated areas, combining flood protection, waterfront access, recreation, and mobility.

One of the features in the design is a park that can flood (see top page impression).

Over 400 residents from East Boston and Charlestown participated in the design process through meetings, community events, open houses, and an online survey.

East Boston and Charlestown residents, businesses, and organizations shared their desire for effective and long-lasting solutions to keep them safe from coastal flooding while also enhancing their neighbourhoods.

dws-one-wla-awardl-cycle-path-350px Winner of the category small project was the Belgian cycle path through water in Bokrijk, Belgium.

Other WLA winners
Winners in the other categories, are:
● Built design award - small project: Cycling through Water - Province Limburg (Belgium)
● Built design award- large project: Klyde Warren Park – OJB Landscape Architecture (USA)
● Student award: National Geo-munument park - Nipun Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka)
● Editor award: Medellín river parks – Sebastian Monsalve Gomez (Colombia)

World Landscape Architecture is an e-magazine curated by passionate landscape architect Damian Holmes to publicise the work of landscape architects and to provide landscape architects and students with the ability to promote their work whether it be design, policy, or research.

The magazine has over 45,000 monthly readers from across the world.

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Winners of Resilient by Design allocated to project sites around San Francisco Bay, USA, 16 January 2018
BIG and One Architecture awarded for Manhattan's flood protection ribbon, 29 September 2015
Amsterdam International Water Week 2017: Real cases and workshops on how to replumb cities, 29 June 2017

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Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 470 0040

World Lanscape Architect

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
EGU2018: New global models predict increasing pollution of rivers https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30914-egu2018-new-global-models-predict-increasing-pollution-of-rivers.html dws-egu-panel-770px
During a press conference at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU2018), IHE Delft postdoc researcher Francesco Bregoli presented the first results of a model used to map pharmaceuticals in fresh water worldwide.

The model shows that in 0.8 percent of all fresh water systems worldwide concentrations of diclofenac – a pain killer - already exceeds the EU watch list limit of 100 nanogr/l.

By 2050 this will increase to 1.3 percent, considering climate change and population growth. So without additional measures to remove diclofenac from waste water, the model predicts an increase of 65 percent. 

The EGU2018 press conference on contaminated waters took place in Vienna on 10 April.

dws-egu-bregoli2-350px   Francesco Bregoli, a post-doc researcher at IHE Delft, presented a model to predict current and future dilution of pharmaceuticals in freshwater ecosystems worldwide.

New model: case of diclofenac
Scientists from IHE Delft and the Catalan Institute for Water Research have developed a new model that can predict current and future dilution of pharmaceuticals in freshwater ecosystems, like rivers and lakes.

Their model is applied to the case of diclofenac, a common anti-inflammatory drug used to reduce pain.

The research showed that if no mitigation action is taken, the environmental threat will increase by 65% in 2050.

The model can also be generalized to other pharmaceuticals than diclofenac.

dws-egu-bregoli-tmodel-removed-450px Outcome of the model to predict the loads of diclofenac as consumed, removed by waste water treatment, removed by the fresh water systems and the remaining volumes that end up in the sea. In green is worldwide, in blue is in Europe/Middle East and in red in Asia/Oceania.


Consumption reduction needed as well
Francesco Bregoli: ‘With this model, we are able to predict current and future dilution of pharmaceuticals in freshwater ecosystems, taking into account scenarios of climate change and population growth.’

According to Bregoli the model shows that technological improvements alone will not even be enough to recover from the current concentration levels.

'If a substantial consumption reduction is not implemented, a large part of the global river ecosystems will not be sufficiently secured', he said.

dws-egu-strokal-350px  Maryna Strokal, researcher at Wageningen University, presented a model to identify hot spot areas in the world with multi-pollution problems in rivers.


More sewage connections, more contamination
Another speaker at the press conference was Maryna Strokal, researcher at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and she addressed the issue of the growing contamination of rivers when more households and companies will be connected to the sewage.

Strokal advocated multi-pollutant assessment to be able to identify effective solutions to counter such an increase. She presented a framework of a hydrological model developed at Wageningen University to assess river quality, using sub-models for different pollutants such as nutrients, river temperature, oxygen, plastic, pathogens and antibacterial agent and hormone disruptant Triclosan.

dws-egu-strokal-map-pollutions-350px-1 Only largely improved waste water treatment can really improve the quality of river waters worldwide. In green the quality improvement, in yellow more polution and in red the hot spot areas that emerged from the model. 

Strokal showed that the model can be used to identify hot spot areas in the world with multi-pollution problems in rivers.

Highly improved treatment
The model shows that by 2050 – when more people will live in cities – river pollution will increase worldwide if the treatment of waste water is only slightly improved. Especially heavily populated areas in India and Eastern China the river water quality will seriously deteriorate.

According to Strokal the model shows that only the implementation of highly improved waste water treatment can lead to cleaner rivers. As an indication Strokal mentioned the EU discharge standards as reference to drive such high efficient treatment of sewage water.

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Dutch consortium presents clean-up plan to combat pollution of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, 3 August 2015

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IHE Delft
Department of water science and engineering
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 215 23 21

Wageningen University
Water systems and global change group
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 484190

View the live stream of the EGU2018 press conference 'Contaminated waters: pollutants in rivers and groundwater'.

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IHC to deliver double-walled onboard dredging pumps to Jan de Nul Group https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30903-ihc-to-deliver-double-walled-onboard-dredging-pumps-to-jan-de-nul-group.html dws-ihc-pumps-de-nul-770px
Royal IHC has been awarded a contract for the delivery of dredge pumps by Luxembourg-based Jan De Nul Group.

The agreement incorporates two onboard double-walled dredge pumps for the company’s new 18,000m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), as well as onboard single-walled dredge pumps for two other 6,000m3 TSHDs.

dws-ihc-pumpos-de-nul-scheme-curve-tech-350px  By using specialised fluid dynamics software, IHC has been able to design a  pump blade (right in grey) that is much thicker at the leading edge, so the flow sticks better to the blade, reducing the wear.

Curve impeller technology
For the 18,000m3 hopper, the double-walled dredge pumps have been designed to deliver a total installed power of 7,000kWs per pump. This will enable them to discharge 33 bar pressure when operated concurrently.

The two double-walled pumps will also be equipped with IHC’s latest Curve technology. The Curve impeller, with its innovative shape and blade curvature, ensures that the pumps perform with excellent suction properties over the prolonged lifetime of the product.

The single-walled dredge pumps for the smaller 6,000m3 hoppers, will deliver an installed power of 4,000kWs and provide a discharge pressure of up to 11 bar.

dws-ihc-pumps-de-nul-installed-350pxMany hoppers with IHC pumps
‘We are delighted that we have secured another order from Jan De Nul Group,’ says Dave Vander Heyde, CEO of Royal IHC. ‘For the past 20 years, the company has continuously extended its TSHD fleet and it is testament to our partnership that the majority of these vessels are equipped with IHC dredgepumps.’

IHC dredge pumps have been developed to meet the harshest dredging challenge. This closely alignes with Jan De Nul Group, as its Director Technical Department, Frederik Deroo explains: ‘Our investment programme has resulted in the world’s most modern fleet and the innovative pumps that IHC can supply make a significant contribution to this.’

The new 18,000m3 hopper is being build in China and delivery is foreseen in 2020.

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

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Sliedrecht, the Netherlands
+31 184 41 15 55


Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
New Rwandese District Sanitation Centre features low cost sanitation product suppliers and facility builders https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30870-new-rwandese-district-sanitation-centre-features-low-cost-sanitation-product-suppliers-and-facility-builders.html dws-snv-rwanda-centre-opening-770px-1
Director General Sheikh Hassan Bahame of the Rwanda ministry of local government officially opened the Rwamagana District Sanitation Centre in Rwamagana, Rwanda, on 5 April.

The centre features a selling point for local entrepreneurs where residents can purchase sanitation products. It is also a showroom for households and professional contractors to see various sanitation and hand-washing facilities. And it incorporates a training area for product and sanitation construction activities.

Dutch non-profit organisation SNV has implemented in collaboration with World Vision and Water for People. US Aid funded the centre. Rwamagana District is now in charge of the centre in partnership with SNV.

dws-snv-rwanda-centre-building-350px  The RDSC centre has a selling point, a showroom and a training section for various technical sanitation options to visiting households and professional contractors.

Market facilitator
The sanitation market is immature and inefficient in Rwanda, so the RRSA centre will serve as a market facilitator to support the sanitation value chain for base-of-the-pyramid consumers.

The centre’s aim is to notably reduce transaction costs for sanitation products, generating sustained demand for sanitation, building the capacity of sanitation providers, and balancing supplier and buyer risks.

In order to scale-up the adoption of products and services by the poor and marginalized, especially women- and children-headed households (youth), the centre is also expected to develop financial instruments, especially for under- or un-served populations.

Particularly, SNV will support construction of 11,357 latrines for vulnerable households.

dws-snv-rwanda-centre-demo-350px Demonstration of toilet pans for pit latrines with sealing mechanism to block odours and flying insects.

Creation of a culture
Sheikh Hassan Bahame, the Director General in charge of Social Affairs and Community Development at the Ministry of Local Government, said that hygiene should be a culture among Rwandan people.

“The Government of Rwanda targets to take sanitation activities to all people by 2020. That is why we should challenge ourselves by asking who the government is? The government is people,” he said.

He hailed SNV and its partners and urged Rwamagana community to grab the centre’s services and solve the problem of lack of proper toilets among over 8,000 residents in the district.

National targets
Speaking at the event, SNV Country Director, Phomolo Maphosa (left on top photo) said that the centre will support the government’s efforts to attain sanitation targets by 2020.

“Our target is that through district sanitation centres, people will access services and hygiene materials. For example, private investors will be showcasing, from this centre, different hygiene and sanitation materials that can be used by households,” Maphosa said.

It is expected that the similar centres will be established in Districts of Kayonza, Nyanza, Ruhango, Nyabihu, Ngoma, Nyarugenge and Kicukiro.

This news item is based on reports published on the websites of IGIHE and New Times.

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Expertise: Water for all
Country: Rwanda

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The Hague, the Netherlands 
+31 70 344 02 44 

Launch of the Rwamagana District Sanitation Centre, Rwanda, on 5 April.

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
IRC Wash receives Osprey grant for collective action towards universal WASH access https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30855-irc-wash-receives-osprey-grant-for-collective-action-towards-universal-wash-access.html dws-irc-osprey-grant-uganda
IRC Wash has been awarded a grant by Osprey Foundation of 450,000 US dollar over three years in support of IRC’s lead for a collective action towards universal WASH access in partner districts in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Uganda.

IRC will use this investment to support its systems led thinking and approach, communicate at key international and sectoral events, and assist in activities around its 50th anniversary celebrations later this year.

dws-irc-osrpey-grant-systems-350px  Two important elements to keep a water supply up and running, are inspection and maintenance .

Same strategic vision
The Osprey Foundation and IRC share the same strategic vision, brought by the Agenda For Change movement to life, that focuses on building the national and local systems needed to deliver safe and sustainable access to water and sanitation.

In addition to the Osprey Foundation's continuing support of this movement, Osprey continues to support IRC in ensuring that its flagship programmes have the support they need to function optimally.

Key role
Louis Boorstin, Osprey Foundation's Managing Director, said: ‘IRC plays a key role in the water and sanitation sector because it works to strengthen the local systems – government, private sector and community groups – to deliver safe and sustained services to the poor.’

dws-irc-osprey-systems-tedx-moriarty-350px IRC’s CEO Patrick Moriarty telling his compelling story at TEDx Den Helder last year, claiming that 30 percent of Africa’s water infrastructure is not working at any time (also see video below)

Boorstin continued: ‘That's not as easy as just digging wells or giving away toilets, but it's much more likely to result in water and sanitation services that meet the needs of poor communities over the long run.’

System led thinking
IRC will use this investment to support its systems led thinking and approach, communicate at key international and sectoral events, and assist in activities around its 50th anniversary celebrations.

IRC’s CEO Patrick Moriarty said to be very lucky to have the Osprey Foundation as a supporting partner.

’They not only provide financial support, they fundamentally understand that building strong national systems is the only way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and end aid dependency’, he said.

This news item was originally published on the website of IRC Wash.

(top photo of lady in Kamwenge District, Western Uganda. by Jeroen van Loon/IRC)

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Expertise: Water for all

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+31 70 304 4000

In a compelling TEDx-talk CEO Patrick Moriarty of IRC explains the need to build on systems to deliver water, rather than accomplishing single drinking water projects.

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Nereda pilot installation commissioned for continuous flow treatment of waste water at wwtp Harnaschpolder, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30835-nereda-pilot-installation-commissioned-for-continuous-flow-treatment-of-waste-water-at-wwtp-harnaschpolder-the-netherlands.html dws-rhdhv-nereda-pilot2-harnaschpolder-770px
A Nereda pilot installation for wastewater treatment at wastewater treatment plant Harnaschpolder, the Netherlands, is officially commissioned on March 29th.

The pilot aims to develop and test the process conditions required to form granular sludge in an existing conventional wastewater treatment installation with continuous flow.

The test is conducted by a collaboration of the regional water authorities of Delfland and Rijnland, Delft University of Technology, and the companies Delfluent Services, Evides Industriewater and Royal HaskoningDHV.

dws-rhdhv-nereda-aerial-harnaschpolder-350px With a capacity of 1.3 million population equivalents, wwtp Harnaschpolder, near Delft, is the biggest wwtp in the Netherlands and one of the biggest in Europe.

A step change
Worldwide some 25 Nereda plants have been commissioned to treat both municipal as industrial waste water, 

The use of this new aerobic granular sludge technology is expected to be beneficial for various aspects of the wastewater treatment process. This represents a step change for the water industry.

So far all, plants have been built as sequence batch reactors, enabling the settlement of the sludge without needing a seperate conventional settlement tank.

At wwtp Harnaschpolder, the Nereda process is for the first time used in a  continuous flow situation. The expected benefits are a significantly lower energy use and the possibility to extract a valuable raw material, alginate-like polymers.

An additional advantage is that due to the small footprint required by this process, capacity can be increased or further space can be released for post treatment to improve the quality of the effluent.

Suitable for existing wwtp
If the results of the pilot are positive, this granular sludge technology is expected to be suitable for several existing wastewater treatment plants.

For the owner of wwtp Harnaschpolder, the Dutch regional water authority Delfland, this pilot fulfills its ambition to purify water and reuse raw materials and water with the lowest possible energy consumption.

Fast settling granules
Developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in the Netherlands, Nereda is the first process to successfully harness the benefits of aerobic granular sludge technology.

Nereda technology naturally selects fast settling granules, allowing higher concentrations of active biomass to be accumulated.

The compact plants achieve very high levels of nutrient removal, without chemical dosing and uses far less energy than alternative solutions.

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

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Large-scale extraction of Nereda alginate from waste water at wwtp Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, 20 April 2017
United Utilities expects largest Nereda plant in the UK to be operational next year, 18 December 2017
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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Water as Leverage: Call for innovative water solutions in three big Asian cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30812-water-as-leverage-call-for-innovative-water-solutions-in-three-big-asian-cities.html dws-rvo-leverage-opening2-770px
On World Earth Day, 22 April, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) will open a call for action for innovative solutions to meet the water challenges in Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia).

The call is part of the ‘Water as Leverage for Asian cities’ programme that aims to develop excellent, innovative, integrated and bankable projects, including committed local support by active stakeholder coalitions.

Internationally operating multidisciplinary teams comprising urban planners and water and climate experts as well as other key players, are invited to react on the call.

dws-rvo-leverage-chennai-flood-2008- Severe flooding in Chennia, India, after a cloudburst in 2008. Preventive flood measaures are very complex and involve traffic systems, housing and spatial planning. When addressing water issues, it can be very effective to incorporate solutions that address other issues, like traffic and housing, at the same time. 

Addressing complex urban issues
The challenge of the programme is to match long-term comprehensive urban planning with short term innovative transformations.

As well as combining ambitious climate adaptation plans with bankable projects; the development of more knowledge on water systems with the construction of more resilient cities; research, design and implementation with inclusive urban alliances.

Result-driven collaboration is essential — across all sectors, all layers of government, and all stakeholders — from activists and vulnerable communities to private and public institutions.

dws-rvo-leverage-khulna-water-quality-350px Water quality is also an important issue in many Asian cities, often to do with poor sewage treatment.

Tackling water issues to improve city as a whole
According to Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink, Asia is at a critical juncture. ‘Its role on the world stage is increasing, but the region now faces new and complex challenges. By using water as leverage we can build a sustainable tomorrow and make their cities resilient.’

Ovink points out that Water as Leverage wants to be different. It aims to involve the international financial world, development banks and governments in the advancement of this innovative approach.

Research by design
In each of the three cities, the call for action will focus on project strategies and design. Teams will test, refine, question or expand the opportunities that are traced and develop scenarios to prompt action.

Through research by design, each team will concentrate on real implementation, and thereby nurture action to induce vision.

dws-rvo-leverage-semarang-industry-350px  Tackling urban water issues provides an opportunity to revitalize old industrial areas. Here seen are the fish smoking factories in Semarang, Indonesia.

From problems to solutions
The teams who respond to the call are challenged to develop innovative, bankable and implementable design proposals.

The programme will provide support and help connect the interdependencies or networks and foster a transformative approach-methodology to evolve from a landscape of problems to a landscape of solutions.

The Water as Leverage programme is carried out by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Water Envoy. Its partners are the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, 100ResilientCities and the cities of Chennai, Khulna and Semarang.

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

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Royal Boskalis to build 10 km levee around Singapore’s first polder https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30767-royal-boskalis-to-build-10-km-levee-around-singapore-s-first-polder.html dws-boskalis-singapore-pulau-tekong-imppression-levee-770px
Royal Boskalis has received a Letter of Award from the Housing & Development Board of Singapore for the development of a polder at the north western tip of Pulau Tekong. The contract value for the joint venture with Penta Ocean Construction Company is approximately EUR 800 million of which Boskalis' share is approximately EUR 400 million.

Construction works will commence in the coming months. The construction activities will take place over a 4 year time frame and are expected to be completed in 2022.

dws-boskalis-pulau-tekong-polder-impression-350px  Impression of the whole polder on the north west of Pulau Tekong island. Above the levee and the pumping station to keep the polder dry.

Quality over price
Boskalis and its partner will be responsible for building the required levee closures and reinforcement of the existing levees to create a 10 kilometers long dike, the drainage of the reclamation area and extensive dry earthmoving activities to create Singapore's first polder.

In contrast to reclaiming land by filling a reclamation area up to and above sea level, the land for the polder is reclaimed by draining off the water by means of pumps and canals.

According to Boskalis its high quality of the proposal and its partner played a decisive role in the contract award; solely on price the proposal came in fourth.

dws-boskalis-singpore-pulau-tekong-map-2030-350px- Pulau Tekong polder (right on map) is one of four major reclamation projects in Singapore currently planned (Source: Department of statistics, Google Maps, One Map and Sunday Times Graphics).

Rich heritage developing polders
For this project Boskalis is able to draw on its expert knowledge and experience with dike closures and the construction and reinforcement of sea dikes in the Netherlands gained over the past 100 years.

CEO Peter Berdowski at Boskalis: ‘The award of this sizable project marks a historic moment. Our company has a rich heritage of building dikes and developing polders in the Netherlands, and the creation of this first polder in Southeast Asia is an important new milestone.

‘Over the past decades Boskalis has been active in Singapore reclaiming land enabling the country to grow’, continues Berdowski. ‘The use of polders however creates new opportunities to expand. Through this project we look forward to pushing back boundaries and demonstrating our global leadership position as dredging and marine experts.’

Earlier studies
Since 2008, the Housing & Development Board has worked with the Netherlands research institute Deltares on the feasibility study of the polder concept for Pulau Tekong.

Drawn on the vast experience of the Netherlands, Deltares supported HDB with Royal HaskoningDHV/Surbana acting as engineering consultant.

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

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Country: Singapore

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Impression of how Singapore’s first polder will be constructed.


Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Winning team SunGlacier Challenge harvests most fresh water from air https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30762-winning-team-sunglacier-challenge-harvests-most-fresh-water-from-air.html dws-wetskills-oman-cones-770px
The Dutch team of Windesheim University of Applied Sciences won the first SunGlacier Challenge, a competition to harvest as much water from the air as possible.

One team with young water professionals from the Netherlands and two teams form Oman participated in the challenge and developed their own new version of the SunGlacier concept, an inverted metal cone. By cooling the cone the water in the air condensates on the cone and drips down.

The winning team had developed four SunGlacier devices, each with a different layout. The most remarkable version had a series of several cones.

The teams gathered at the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) in Muscat, Oman from 20 till 25 March where they entered on a 48 hours run.

dws-wetskills-oman-verheggen-350px   Inventor of the SunGlacier-concept, Ap Verheggen (left) giving last minute advice to one of the teams.

Great achievement
Creator of the SunGlacier concept, Ap Verheggen, reacted very enthusiastic on the version of the winning team. ‘The device with some cones in series was great. Some teachers in The Netherlands told the team not to do so, because it wouldn’t work. They did and it worked. That is a great achievement and out-of-the-box thinking!‘ said Verheggen,

During the research at the Windesheim university in Zwolle, the Netherlands, the team used heat cameras to improve the cool elements in the device. The team tested the devices several times in the Climate Chamber at the university.

The two other teams from Oman build nice and working devices as well. One had a great idea to make a spiral inside the cone to enlarge the surface for cooling, which worked good as well.

dws-wetskills-oman-poster-350px Presentation by the teams at Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) in Muscat, Oman.

First drops within few minutes
During the preparations of the 48 hrs run in Oman, the teams could improve their devices, getting new ideas from the supervisors Ahmed Al- Busaidi (MEDRC), Ap Verheggen (inventor of Sunglacier) and Marcel Rompelman (lecturer at Van Hall/Larenstein university and Wetskills supervisor).

After a day of tweaking, changing a bit and trial and error, all three devices were ready.

On World Water Day at 8.30 sharp the three teams switched on the cooling of their devices and a few minutes later the first drops of water appeared.

According to Verheggen the insights of the teams and the results will be used to improve the current SunGlaciers.

This news item was originally published on the website of SunGlacier Challenge.

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Inventor Ap Verheggen explains his SunGlacier devise that produces water from desert air.

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Royal Eijkelkamp helps manage groundwater problems in Sri Lanka https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30753-royal-eijkelkamp-helps-manage-groundwater-problems-in-sri-lanka.html dws-eijkelkampo-sri-lanka-anuradhapura-650px
Under instructions of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Royal Eijkelkamp started in various regions of the island with the realisation of a groundwater monitoring network.

The multi-million euro project will take five years to complete.

dws-eijkelkamp-sri-lanka-anuradhapura2-350px  One of the areas where Eijkelkamp will start to monitor the groundwater is near Anuradhapura, in the Malwathu Oya river basin.

Groundwater getting scarcer
‘Like many other countries, Sri Lanka also faces a variety of groundwater related problems’, says senior project manager Elsa Mulder-van Heijst at Eijkelkamp.

‘Groundwater is becoming scarcer, population growth increases the demand for groundwater, and a large variety of users causes fluctuations in level, quality and composition of the groundwater’, Mulder-van Heijst adds.

In addition, there are various climatic zones in Sri Lanka. In the dry zone, where residents are affected frequently by chronic kidney disease, a very high arsenic and mercury content is found in most drinking water samples.

Groundwater monitoring network
In the near future, the groundwater monitoring network to be realised, consisting of 150 measuring locations, will provide the decision-makers of the ministry with timely, reliable and accurate data, based on which groundwater related problems can be monitored and managed.

Directors Huug Eijkelkamp, Frank Tillmann and Supervisory Board members Fons Eijkelkamp and Joop Hylkema are proud to have been awarded this contract.

dws-eijkelkamp-sri-lanka-control-room-350px All groundwater data will be collected in a data management centre in Sri Lanak's captital city Colombo.

From design to implementation
'This project is a perfect example of the turnkey solutions Royal Eijkelkamp offers nowadays. In addition to the equipment, we take care of all activities within the project, from research, design, development, financial structuring, planning, management, implementation and training to functional delivery of the whole.'

The groundwater monitoring network will be constructed in three river basins and will be monitored from the capital Colombo.

In the three river basins, Royal Eijkelkamp will start with a detailed field study to determine the measuring locations and hydrogeological profiles.

Control room
Once the locations have been determined, Royal Eijkelkamp will carry out all drilling work using sonic drills. This is followed by the installation of sensors, data transport and validation.

In the Data Management Centre of the Water Resources Board in Colombo, a control room will be set up where all data will be received, monitored and managed.

The combined project activities are supported both from the Netherlands and from Sri Lanka with project management and extensive and versatile training.

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

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Giesbeek, the Netherlands
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Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200
World Water Forum 8: A look back on a forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30703-world-water-forum-8-a-look-back-on-a-forum-under-pressure-to-achieve-sdg6-by-2030.html dws-wwf8-xphoto-00-pavilion-ovink-ywn-770px
During the closing ceremony of the 8th World Water Forum the success of the Brazilian edition of the event was celebrated. The Forum took place in Brasilia from March 17 to 23, 2018. The organisers announced the registration of 10,500 participants for the conference and the exhibitions.

After presenting the results, the flag of the World Water Forum was passed to the delegation of Senegal, where the 2021 edition will be held.

Pressure is on
With only twelve years left to realise the ambitious UN 2030 agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the growing tension was noticeable. The pressure is on.

Universal access to clean drinking water and clean sanitation is a huge task on the shoulders of the global water community. The will is clearly there, so there will eventually also be a way. But it lacks financing.

The twelve water ministers that were present, issued a Ministerial Declaration, which urges better coordination of UN activities in support of water-related goals, and encourages governments to strengthen their own national integrated water resources management (IWRM) policies and plans.

Citizens Forum
The organisers were particular proud of the success of the citizens village that was visited by over 100,000 people, of which some 40,000 children. The visitors had free excess to the village where they took part in educational, cultural, interactive, sensory and dialogue-building activities aimed at improving the use of water.

Dutch delegation
The Netherlands Pavilion again attracted many visitors. There were many presentations at the pavilion on a wide variety of water issues. The contribution of Dutch experts to the thematic sessions concentrated on integrated water resource management (IWRM), financing and disaster prevention.

Below a photo impression of some of the Dutch related contributions to an incredible amount of sessions that took place in five days.

Monitoring water quality with a cell phone
Carlos Diaz (right) of the Amsterdam-based non-profit organisation AKVO demonstrated in the Netherlands Pavilion the nationwide monitoring networks that have been established in eight African countries. New is the monitoring of e.coli contamination in drinking water for which a small plastic bag has been developed. In case of a contamination the bag changes colour. By taking a picture of the coloured bag on location, the contamination can automatically be reported to a national database via a cell phone.

Pledge to implement principals for good water governance
Peter Glas (middle left) of the Dutch regional water authority De Dommel, handed out a pledge to OECD’s Secretary-General Angel Gurría (middle). The hand out took place just after Gurria had been awarded the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize by the Government of Morocco. The pledge called for the promoting of the OECD indicator framework on water governance. Some 140 organisations from the public sector, civil society, NGO stakeholder groups, academia, and the business community have already committed themselves to the framework. Glas, who chairs the OECD Water Governance Initiative, called for more organisations to join. On the right is Moroccan Minister for Water, Charafat Afilal.

Risk reduction of natural disasters by preparedness
Japanese Crown prince Naruhito attended the World Water Forum for the fourth time in a row. In his 30-minute key note he explained the role that water plays in bringing peace and prosperity to people, citing examples in Japan and abroad. The Crown prince made his contribution during a session by the High Level Panel on disaster risk reduction (HELP), that was co-organised by the Dutch government. The central message of the session was to prevent a disaster, rather that rebuild afterwards.

Three Dutch-related exhibitions
One of three Dutch-related booths in the Forum’s expo hall, was by engineering firm Antea Group. Three years ago the firm took an interest in Brazilian firm Angel. The São Paulo-based firm is specialised in environmental and soil and groundwater remediation, consulting on sustainability and QHSE, servicing global multinational corporations and also domestic clients within Brazil’s industrial and transport sectors. Antea took the opportunity of the Forum to welcome its, mainly industrial, clients from Latin America. The two other Dutch-related booths were the Netherlands Pavilion and a special pavilion on nature based solutions.

Twelve lessons to fight water corruption
Frank van der Valk (left) of the Berlin-based Water Integrity Network (WIN) handed over an example of the just published report How to promote water integrity to Håkan Tropp, head of the OECD Water Governance Programme. The report gives 12 lessons to fight water corruption. In his reaction Tropp praised the report as it raises more awareness on corruption. Lesson 1: Corruption happens everywhere. Keeping it hidden makes it thrive. Being transparent about it can build thrust.

Our most important hidden resource: groundwater
Neno Kurukic (second left) of the Delft-based UN's International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC) launched the publication Groundwater Overview: Making the invisible visible. The launch was part of the global celebration of World Water Day during the forum on 22 March. IGRAC’s publication showcases the essentials and the credentials of groundwater, and informs about groundwater-related activities. According to Kurukic the publication is to enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration, and to raise awareness about our most important hidden resource: groundwater!

Winners of prestigious Stockholm Water Prize 2018
Executive director Torgny Holmgren at the Swedish International Water Institute (SIWI) announced the winners of this year’s Stockholm water prize: biotech pioneers Bruce Rittmann (Arizona State University) and Mark van Loosdrecht (Delft university of technology). Holmgren praised the duo laurates as they 'revolutionized microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, and demonstrated the possibilities to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption, and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling'.

Indigenous delegation spotlights threats to Brazilian rivers
‘Speaking about water is about speaking life itself’, said Sonja Guajajara who leads the Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation (Apib) and is now running for vice-president of Brasil. A delegation of Brazilian indegious people visited the Netherlands Pavilion and expressed their concern about the disappearing water wells in the Amazone forests. ‘The dams and mining activities are drying and polluting our rivers. Agricultural monocultures such as soya and sugar canes give the final blow’, Guajajara said.

Sustainable use of water resources
Who better to present the Sustainability declaration than the youth itself. Two young water professionals read out the Sustainability declaration during the closing ceremony of the 8th World Water Forum. The declaration mentioned twelve conditions of success, including the call to consider water problems no longer as a stand-alone issue. Number 10 specifically adressed the urge not to focus on the terrestrial part of water cycle alone - from crest to reef, including groundwater - but also to relate water issues to the oceans and the atmosphere, as a unique cycle.

Road to Senegal
The ninth edition of the World Water Forum will take place in Dakar, Senegal in 2021. By showing their flags at the closing ceremony, the Brazilian delegation symbolically handed over the organisation to the Senegalese delegation. In the middle is the delegation of the World Water Council that patronizes the event.

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Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30649-world-water-forum-8-huge-potential-for-nature-based-solutions-to-reduce-water-risks.html dws-wwf8-nbs-weert-770px
‘What makes it so difficult to bring WASH and ecosystems together’, was the rhetorical question posed by Frank van Weert of Wetlands International, presenting the Watershed programme in the Netherlands Pavilion during the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brasil.

Van Weert already knew the answer. ‘The experts on WASH have a different education than the experts on integrated water resource management. And in many countries both disciplines resort under different ministries and local authorities.’

‘It is time to harmonize WASH- and IWRM-projects and combine the delivery of WASH services with a sustainable use of water resources’, advocated the senior technical officer of Wetlands International.

dws-wff8-nbs-pavilion-350px  All five days of the forum presentations were given in the special pavilion on nature based solutions for water management .

Special pavilion
At the World Water Forum, Wetlands International shared a special pavilion on nature based solutions (NBS), together with nature conservation organisations as World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The joint pavilion marked the big potential of nature based solutions to optimize engineered water infrastructure by creating ecological healthy watersheds, floodplains and wetlands.

Nature based solutions was also one of the central themes of the Netherlands Pavilion and UN Water organised at the Forum the global celebration of the 25th World Water Day with the theme: Nature for water.

dws-wwf8-nbs-wetlands-pavilion-weert-350px  Kyebambe Henry Kimera shares the first experiences in Uganda

Restore sponge function of soils
‘Drought can make the sponge function of the soil to disappear. A hard soil surface makes rain water to run off quickly and there is no replenishment of the aquifers.

As a result wetlands dry out and there is no fresh water available anymore’, Van Weert explained during his presentation of the Watershed programme in the Netherlands Pavilion.

Restoring the sponge function of soils to make fresh water available again, is an important element of the combined WASH and IWRM projects within Watershed.

Watershed is a five year strategic partnership between Dutch non-profit organisations IRC, Simavi, Wetlands International and Akvo and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Bangladesh and India.

dws-wwf8-nbs-pavilion-fulquet-nicola-350px  Corredor Azul programme managers Rafaela Nicola (left) of Wetlands International Brazil and Gaston Fulquet of Wetlands International Argentina.

Launch of Corridor Azul programme
Highlight for Wetlands International at the Forum was the launch of its ten years  Corredor Azul (Blue Corridor) programme, to safeguard the 3,400 km long Paraná-Paraguay wetlands system and fluvial corridor from its source in the Brazilian Pantanal, through Bolivia and Paraguay to its end point in Argentina’s Paraná Delta.

The Paraná-Paraguay wetlands system is one of the world’s last remaining examples of a large, free-flowing river system.

A major aim of the Corredor Azul programme is to safeguard and enhance three large iconic wetlands – the Pantanal, the Iberá Marshes and the Paraná Delta. In the end the entire river corridor is to become a free-flowing, dynamic wetland system.

Wetlands International's two programme managers, Gaston Fulquet and Rafaela Nicola, presented Corredor Azul at the Nature based solutions pavilion where it was officially launched on 21 March.

dws-wwf8-nbs-wwd-uhlenbrook350px Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook comments the UN World Water development report 2018 on the celebation of World Water Day.

Big potential for risk reduction
On 22 March the 25th World Water Day was celebrated at the Forum and commemorated this year’s theme: Nature for water. One of the speakers at the celebration was professor Stefan Uhlenbrook of the UN World Water Assessment Programme. Uhlenbrook supervises the publications of the annual World Water development report that addresses the World Water Day’s theme.

‘Green infrastructure is no panacea’, Uhlenbrook said presenting the WWDR2018 report on nature based solutiuons. ‘The report is not to promote green versus grey solutions, but illustrates the pressing need to achieve a better balance between the two’.

The report concludes that nature based solutions offer a vital means to move beyond business-as-usual in today’s water management. However, the necessity and opportunities for increased deployment of NBS remain underappreciated.

According to the report green-infrastructure investments are less than 5 percent of the total investments in water-related infrastructure.

Nature-based solutions - such as planting trees to replenish forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands - is a sustainable and cost-effective way to help rebalance the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods, this year’s WWDR-report states.

dws-wwf8-nbs-sand-motor-350px Natural elements as the tide, current and wind are used to spread the sand along the Dutch coast. This alternative type of beach nourishment is called the Sand Motor and it aims to strengthen the coastal dunes and decrease flood risks.

Building with nature
On the occasion of the celebration of World Water Day in Brasil, the Dutch consortium Building with Nature – Ecoshape, released a position paper that calls for joint worldwide upscaling of nature based solutions.

For ten years the Ecoshape consortium of engineering firms, knowledge institutes, dredging companies, NGO’s and government agencies, works on pilots to develop, test and share knowledge about nature based solutions.

Two successful and promising pilots are the Sand Motor, along the Dutch coast, and the natural mangrove restoration along the coast of Northern Java, Indonesia.

In order to be able to scale up these successful pilots, it is necessary to educate the new generation of engineers, designers, ecologists, policy makers, politicians and managers in the principles of nature based solutions, the position paper suggests.

Please follow this link to download the report: 2018 UN World Water Development Report: Nature-based Solutions. Ore read the Ecoshape position paper Building with Nature – the answer to water related challenges is in nature.

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World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues, 26 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30612-world-water-forum-8-revitalised-iwrm-concept-can-boost-action-on-sdg6-for-water.html dws-wwf8-iwrm-glas1-770px-1
‘Step out of your isolated ivory water tower and share your ideas on fresh water resources with farmers, communities, businesses and nature conservation groups. Define your goals for the sustainable use of water resources and discuss them with all stakeholders,’ advised Peter Glas at one of the many sessions of the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brasil.

Glas is chairman of the Dutch regional water authority De Dommel. At the Forum he was involved in sessions specially devoted to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Sustainable Development Goal #6.5 that calls for implementation of IWRM at all levels by 2030 worldwide. 

However, the current IWRM-concept is considered to be too top down, too technocratic and too idealised. At three sessions of the World Water Forum 8 the need to revitalise the concept was discussed.

dws-wwf8-iwrm-smith-350px   Mark Smith of IUCN suggested to connect the IWRM-concept to five mechanisms that can bring it into action.

IWRM is a complex beast
Just prior the Forum a special working group of the World Water Council had released a paper on the issue of integrated water resource management and it’s crucial role in reaching all Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Not only SDG#6 on water.

‘IWRM is a complex beast’, remarked director Mark Smith of the Global Water Programme at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and one of the authors of the document.

‘We need to change the current concept into a system that drives change’, he said. ‘The problem of water scarcity is still growing, so apparently the current IWRM is not delivering fast enough.’

Most countries in the world have introduced some kind of IWRM and over half of all countries have integrated water plans and policies in place.

Yet, it is predicted by the OECD that by 2050 some four billion people will live in water stressed areas. Here the water demand will exceed the sustainable supply and further deplete the fresh water resources, such as groundwater, rivers and lakes.

dws-wwf8-iwrm-glas2-350px Peter Glas of Dutch regional water authority De Dommel moderating one of the sessions on revitalisation of integrated water resource management.

System change on water management
Mark Smith stated that IWRM addresses the system of water management, so it has the potential to fundamentally change the way water resources are used.

‘That is the good news’, Smith said, ‘because we need solutions that work fast. There is little time left if we want to achieve the SDGs by 2030.’

The bad news according to Smith is that the current IWRM-concept is too slow. ‘It does not deliver the necessary change in water management fast enough to make water resources used sustainably’.

Umbrella with action pillars
Smith suggested to use the current four-pillared IWRM-concept as an overarching framework and add operating mechanisms. These mechanisms can be used to transform policies and principles into pragmatic action across all SDGs.

Smith mentioned five mechanisms to trigger a better management of water resource: foster the dialogue on the water-energy-food nexus, foster water stewardship in business, restore ecosystems, integrate flood management, and introduce source-to-sea management.

dws-wwf8-iwrm-akhmouch-350px   Panellist Aziza Akhmouch of the OECD remarked that IWRM often ends in itself where it should be used as a mean to improve the water supplies.

Stick to goals
‘Set your goals on the sustainable use of water resources owned by society’, Glas advised this fellow water authorities.

‘Circumstances change every day. New urban developments are planned, new industries settle, and cultural heritage need to be protected. Use these developments to reframe your water problem and try to include the opportunities that these changes provide.’ 

‘But always stick to your goal’, he added.

Read the paper Revitalising IWRM for the 2030 agenda (download as pdf) specially published by the World Water Council for the occasion of the World Water Forum 8.

Read also on this website
● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues, 26 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30578-world-water-forum-8-world-water-atlas-gathers-compelling-stories-on-urgent-water-issues.html dws-ww8-worldwateraltuas-guchte-770px-1
The online World Water Atlas had its global debut in the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Water Forum 8 in Basilia, Basil. The atlas is meant to share lessons learned and good practises on water issues from all over the world.

By publishing compelling stories on the three topics, how to tackle too much, too little, and too dirty water, the initiators want to draw attention to solutions that have proven themselves in practise and have the potential of scaling worldwide.

The founding partners of the World Water Atlas are the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Deltares, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, with support from the Dutch water sector and under the patronage of the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water.

dws-wwf8-world-atlas-guchte-ovink-350px   Presentation of the World Water Atlas in the Netherlands Pavilion at the World Water Forum 8, attended by Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink (middle).

First powerful stories
Cees van de Guchte (on top photo) of research institute Deltares, who coordinates the development process, demonstrated the atlas in the Netherlands pavilion. The debut of the online platform at the World Water Forum marked just the start of the platform.

By touching the screen, Van de Guchte showed the first stories that have now been entered. So far eight organisations, including the International Water Association and KWR City Blueprint, shared their stories.

The World Water Atlas will also deliver short documentary films, hardcopy outreach and public presentations and debates.

More stories to share
‘The atlas now only shows the first stories, but we need lots more’, Van de Guchte raised at the platform’s debute in Brasil. ‘We invite everybody to share their experiences with good workable solutions. Everybody is free to send in a story on a good or bad experiences.’

The website has a formula to send in proposals. Van de Guchte called for stories on very concrete cases of solutions that have a perspective to be used on other locations as well.

dws-wwf8-world-atlas-still-350px At the hearth of the World Water Atlas is a rotating globe with icons on the location of the stories that are told on too much water (in blue), too little water (in yellow) and too dirty water (in purple).

Presentation on World Water Day
Two days later, on World Water Day, the atlas was officially presented in New York to the United Nations and the World Bank. The presentation was made by Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink who took the initiative to develop this platform for compelling narratives and action.

The platform is endorsed by the High Level Platform that pointed out that the world needs to understand the risks of water and that these risks need to be link to potential solutions to inspire action.

Earlier in March, Prime minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands, when meeting with the Sherpas of the UN and World Bank’s High Level Panel on Water, confirmed the urgency and need for action to better understand and address these complex risks.

He expressed the need of many politicians around the world: ‘Give me a powerful story I can work with’.

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

 Read also on this website
● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0200
Roosegaarde’s aurora light show virtually flooded UN headquarters in New York https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30550-roosegaarde-s-aurora-light-show-virtually-flooded-un-headquarters-in-new-york.html dws-roosegaarde-new-york-un-headquaters-770px
With the projection of blue lights, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, created a largescale virtual reality around the building of the UN headquarters, indicating how high the water would rise if no action was taken to put a halt to climate change.

In the presence of Dutch minister Sigrid Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, the show closed a day full of water events, organised by the Netherlands, at the UN headquarters.

The light show mimics the aurora polar light and it took place on the evening of World Water Day on 22 March.

Poetry of water
Roosegaarde’s light show created a dream landscape which shows the power and poetry of water. In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the show aimed to raise awareness around the rising sea levels.

In the Netherlands, Roosegaarde held several light shows, mostly to raise awareness for sea level rise. The show in New York mimics the height of hurricane Sandy with wavy lines of light made with the latest LED technology, software and lenses.


The new normal
On the occasion of the light show, Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink reminded that ‘the Sandy's and Harvey's of this world’ will not stop. ‘On the contrary, they are the new normal, becoming more extreme year by year’, stated Ovink.

Roosegaarde not only warns against rising water levels, but also wants to inspire towards the future: ‘Can we build floating cities, how much power can we generate from the movement of water? Experience the vulnerability and the power of living with water’, the Dutch artist said.

The Waterlight show was made possible thanks to the Dutch partners in the Water sector including Arcadis, Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI), Van Oord, Boskalis, Dutch Water Authorities and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP).

About Daan Roosegaarde
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space and is best known for creating landscapes of the future.

He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future.

Roosegaarde is Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and featured by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker.

(photos: Studio Roosegaarde and UN)

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Fairylike light reflections at night on closure dam Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands, 22 November 2017
Artwork Waterlight placed visitors in a poetic 'underwater' reality on a flood plain, 2 March 2015

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Dutch minister Sigrid Kaag presented the Roosegaarde Waterlicht show projected on the building of the UN headquarters in New York on World Water Day 22 March. Watch the video on minister Kaag's twitter account.

Sun, 25 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
2018 Stockholm Water Prize for waste water treatment biotech pioneer Mark van Loosdrecht https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30517-2018-stockholm-water-prize-for-waste-water-treatment-biotech-pioneer-mark-van-loosdrecht.html dws-tud-stockholm-prize-2018-700px-1
Professors Mark van Loosdrecht (Delft University of Technology) and Bruce Rittmann (Arizona State University) have been named the prestigious 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment.

Both biotech pioneers will receive the award during the Stockholm World Water Week late august.

dws-tudelft-stockholm-prize-holmgren-wwf8-350px  Director Torgny Holmgren of Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) announced the laurates at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil.

Revolutionized treatment
In its citation, the Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee recognizes Professors Rittmann and Van Loosdrecht for ‘pioneering and leading the development of environmental biotechnology-based processes for water and wastewater treatment. They have revolutionized treatment of water for safe drinking, and refined purification of polluted water for release or reuse - all while minimizing the energy footprint’.

‘Together, Professors Rittmann and Van Loosdrecht are leading, illuminating and demonstrating the path forward in one of the most challenging human enterprises on this planet – that of providing clean and safe water for humans, industry, and ecosystems,’ says Executive Director Torgny Holmgren of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the organizer of the Stockholm World Water Week.

Holmgren announced the winners during the World Water Day Ceremony at the World Water Forum in Brazil on 22 March.

dws-tud-stockholm-prize-loosdrecht-nereda-process-350px-edited Granular Nereda-technology developed by Van Loosdrecht.

Self-sufficient waste water treatment
With their microbial systems both professors have contributed to the introduction of the circular economy in the water sector.

On receiving news of the prize, van Loosdrecht said: ‘I’m very excited and pleased! This is a recognition not just of our work but of the contributions microbiological engineering can make to the water sector.’

Van Loosdrecht also explained the importance of microbial systems. ‘With current waste water treatment technology, you can already be energy neutral and there is a lot of research on how to become energy positive.’

‘Especially in developing countries with unstable electricity supply and limited access to funding, this is very important. If we could build a wastewater plant that is self-sufficient in energy, that would make sewage plants feasible in many more places,” said Mark van Loosdrecht.

From pollutant to resource
In his reaction professor Rittmann talked about a paradigm shift. ‘Traditionally we have just thought of pollutants as something to get rid of, but now we’re beginning to see them as potential resources that are just in the wrong place.’

‘We’re in the middle of a paradigm shift, with more and more focus on how we can create resources, using microbial systems', Rittmann said.

dws-tud-stockholm-prize-loosdrecht-rittmann-350pxAbout professor Mark van Loosdrecht
Professor Van Loosdrecht’s research has led to the quite widely used Anammox and Nereda technologies for wastewater treatment.

Van Loosdrecht has been awarded several prizes, including the 2012 Lee Kuan Yew Prize (Singapore) and the 2014 Spinoza Prize (The Netherlands).

About professor Bruce Rittmann
Rittmann has written over 650 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Together with Perry McCarty (the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate), he is also the author of the textbook ‘Environmental Biotechnology: Principles and Applications.’

Rittmann invented the membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) and chaired the program committee of the Leading Edge Technology Conference of the International Water Association, where he has worked together with Van Loosdrecht.

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About the Stockholm Water Prize
The Stockholm Water Prize is a global award founded in 1991. It is appointed annually by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and awarded by SIWI, to an individual, organization or institution for outstanding water-related achievements. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is patron of the prize.

This news was originally published on the websites of Stockholm International Water Institute, Delft university of technology and Arizona State University.

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Professor Mark van Loosdrecht No. 2 in top 25 leaders international water industry, 29 January 2016
Professor Mark van Loosdrecht wins prestigious Spinoza Prize for research on sustainable water treatment technology, 10 September 2014
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2018 Stockholm Water Prize announcement, including reactions by Rittmann and Van Loosdrecht.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30485-world-water-forum-8-launch-of-dutch-blue-deal-programme-in-support-of-sdg6-on-water.html dws-wwf8-blue-deal-glas-770pxTwenty million people in forty catchment areas worldwide that are better protected against water and have access to sufficient, clean water. That is the goal of the new Blue Deal programme that has been launched simultaneously in The Hague, the Netherlands, and at the Netherlands Pavilion of the World Water Forum in Brasil.

The announcement was made on the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March.

dws-wwf8-blue-deal-the-hague-pieper-350px  Vice chairman Hein Pieper (second left) of Dutch Water Authorities comments on the Blue Deal programme at the launch in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Long-term partnerships
The regional water authorities of the Netherlands, in close cooperation with national ministries, will focus on long-term local partnerships on capacity development and integrated water resource management (IWRM).

The programme will not comprise individual projects but will be based on long-term local partnerships.

Some 30 Dutch water experts working at regional water authorities will be facilitated by the Blue Deal programme to exchange knowledge internationally and apply their experiences on water governance and integrated water management abroad.

Greater impact
Vice chairman Hein Pieper of Dutch Water Authorities mentioned the greater potential impact of the programme that involves two national ministries.

‘If you start with water, you can prevent many problems. Water and food security belong together, as does water shortages and climate refugees’, Pieper added.

Dutch Minister Sigrid Kaag for Foreign Trade and Development: “The Sustainable Development Goals have a 2030 horizon. For me it is important that the Blue Deal has that same horizon.’

‘No separate projects, but long-term partnerships, continuity. Impact on 20 million people who are better protected against flooding, have access to water - for example for irrigation - or whose wastewater is better purified; I hope for that.”

dws-wwf8-blue-deal-glas2-350px Chairman Peter Glas of regional water authority De Dommel comments the Blue Deal programme in the Netherlands pavilion at the World Water Forum in Brasilia.

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Chairman Peter Glas of regional water authority De Dommel presented the new programme at the Netherlands pavilion at the 8th World Water Forum.

He specially mentioned the importance of the long-term relation with all stakeholders in the catchments that will be selected. ‘We aim to secure enough clean fresh water for 20 million people worldwide. For that we want to tackle their water problems at their root causes. We will follow the water to be able to identify all underlying issues.’

Self-reliant communities
According to Glas the aim is to make the communities in the catchments self-reliant. Restoration of the local ecosystems will be an important element, he foresaw.

The first year of the programme will be used to define the partnerships. In 2019 the first partnerships are to start their programmes that will include workshops, peer reviews and exhanges.

Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you posted on the Dutch contributions to the World Water Forum 8.

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● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues, 26 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 351 97 51


Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30464-world-water-forum-8-water-youth-network-strengthens-ties-with-research-institute-deltares.html dws-wwf8-youth-network-abas-guchte
President Shabana Abbas at Water Youth Network and director Climate Adaptation & Risk Management Cees van der Guchte at research institute Deltares, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the World Water Forum in Brasilia on 20 March.

The Memorandum confirms the ambition of different generations of water professionals, young and old, to operate jointly on solving the global water issues by combining each other’s capabilities. The official ceremony followed on a lively meeting of the network at the Netherlands Pavilion, in which the role of youth and youth organizations in the water sector was discussed.

dws-wwf8-youth-network-rodrigues-350px  Diego Rodrigues of the World Bank explains the specific efforts at the bank to involve young professionals in their projects right from the start.

New collaborative ways
About 40, mainly young, participants joined the meeting with representatives of the World Bank, IHE Delft, Deltares, the Water Youth Network.

‘We are increasingly being invited to the international stage for our energy and connections. That is a good start, but we are more.’ stated Abbas. ‘We are professionals that bring innovative ideas, solutions, and new collaborative ways of working to the water sector. It only makes sense to include us as an equal partner.’

‘The Dutch water sector is working hard on innovative water solutions, which creates an attractive climate for young water professionals’ said Van der Guchte. ‘By hosting the activities of the Water Youth Network, we want to make full use of their potential.’

dws-wwf8-youth-network-abas-abbosouka Younoussa Abbosouka introduced himslef during the meeting as a young water professional 

Disruptive youth
Abbas explained that one of the aims of the network is to provide its participants a more professional image. ‘Our network now counts 130 young professionals and we had a workshop on how to present at a conference. We also identified specialists in our network, so organisers of events can contact us for certain presentations’.

She urged to connect young professionals to the water community no longer as a request but an assumption. ‘And above all we want to be disruptive’, she added.

Right from the start
Diego Rodriguez of the World Bank spoke at the meeting and shared his experiences at the bank to include young professionals in water projects in developing countries right from the start.

Within the own organisation the World Bank stimulates to involve more youth in the investment decision making. ‘It's not an easy thing for a leading institute’, Rodriguez assured. ‘

Young and old
In a panel discussion, as part of the meeting, the topic on the 50+ male dominated water sector was discussed. It was said that the ‘old’ tend to stick to solutions that worked in the past, but those may not work in the future. The 50+ male water professional was advised ‘to stay young and listen better’. The young professionals was advised ‘to tap in the world of decision making and not to be afraid to make mistakes’.

Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you posted on the Dutch contributions to the World Water Forum 8.

Read also on this website
● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues, 26 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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Water Youth Network

Young water professionals tell at the World Water Forum 8 that they are already contributing to solve the wicked water problems all over the world… in their own very connected way.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30444-world-water-forum-8-a-call-on-the-world-to-fully-value-water-not-just-prizing.html dws-wwf8-finance-ovink-ader-770px-2
There is a lot of finance running around in the world, also for investing in water infrastructure. But it is seen as financial costs’, remarked special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink at the roundtable on financing water.

Ovink made the remark at the roundtable session on financing water on the second day of the World water Forum 8 in Brasilia.

It addressed the recommendations by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) to scale up water investment and it discussed the outcomes of two previous roundtables in Paris and Tel Aviv.

According to Henk Ovink the water world lacks the means to fully capture the value of investments in water infrastructure. ‘It are other sectors, like agriculture, the energy sector and health sector that benefit from the investments in the water infrastructure. The value of those benefits are not captured yet in the return on investment’, Ovink said.

President Janos Ader of Hungary, who also participated in the roundtable session, called upon financial institutes to include in their calculations not only the direct damage of extreme weather events but also the indirect losses such as lack of power supply, loss of business and even house owners that cannot pay their mortgages anymore.

dws-wwf8-financing-ovink2-350px Ovink explained why a step change is needed to be able to increase the investments in water infrastructure worldwide. He called it a comprehensive approach on valuing water.

Just pricing is not enough
The roundtable session at the World Water Forum was organised by the OECD, World Water Council, the Netherlands and Hungary as a follow up on the previous World Water Forum in Korea in 2015 where these parties concluded that the investments in water infrastructure needed to be scaled up.

Following the previous World Water Forum, a High Level Panel on Water was established by the United Nations and the World Bank. In its final report that was presented on 14 March the HLPW advised to double the investments in water infrastructure. The final report also included five principles to value better water to ensure financing flows to those investments that deliver the greatest benefits for society, the economy and the environment.

During the roundtables it was concluded that this will require a step change in current financing approaches and engagement with a broader range of financers. Just pricing the water supply is not enough.

Water as a leverage
At the roundtable in Brasilia, Henk Ovink explained that to capture the benefits of investments in other sectors it is necessary to look at water in its capacity as leverage to improve the situation in other sectors.

‘If we manage water right the benefits are outside the water world. So, we can manage it right and there is energy and food, and we have peace and stability for economic growth. However, if we manage it wrong, we may have migration, insecurity or lack of food and energy’,

Business cases with other sectors
Ovink advocated a comprehensive approach of valuing water by setting up business cases with other sectors. ‘Infrastructure investments are capital intensive and have a long-term return. So, for new business cases we must build up trust with these partners. It must stick. It has to be sustainable in the process.’

dws-wwf8-finance-ader2-350px President Janos Ader of Hungary called upon bankers to include indirect disaster losses in their calculations

Human rights
At the roundtable president Janos Ader of Hungary touched upon the subject of the right to water. As a higher price for water, can block the access for the poor. ‘Yes, access to water is a human right. But we cannot consider it to be a human right to consume endless quantities of water. Nor can the wasting of water or the pollution of water be considered any kind of human right’, said the Hungarian president.

Ader challenged the global water community scale up the investments in water infrastructure as a part of all the investments that are needed to reach all 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

‘If we fail on SDG#6, it will be hopeless to achieve the other SDG goals. All investments on more food production, poverty reduction, health improvement of health, and energy supply will be futile’, he predicted.

Continue with subsidy schemes
Senior director Guangzhe Chen of the Global water facility of the World Bank, also participated in the roundtable. Chen advocated to continue with subsidy schemes to be able to deliver water to the poor communities at lower tariffs.

‘It is difficult to prize water. It is more than just the recovery of the costs. For us as World Bank these subsidy schemes are inevitable, but they need to be transparent’, Chen said.

Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you posted on Dutch contributions to the World Water Forum 8.

Read also on this website
● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure, 20 March 2018
● Dutch Prime Minister praises progress by UN panel on valuing water, 25 September 2017
● HLPW seeks reactions on principles for broad valuing of water, 11 August 2017|
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Water Forum 8: Thirsty cities need to double investments in water infrastructure https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30413-world-water-forum-8-thirsty-cities-need-to-double-investments-in-water-infrastructure.html dws-wwf8-opening-session-770px
A much-discussed subject on the opening day of the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia on 19 March was the fate of thirsty cities. The example of Cape Town in South Africa was often mentioned as it is expected to run out of water within months. But also, Brasilia where the forum is taking place, was often mentioned as it can hardly keep up with the growing water demand. Brasilia started to ration its water supply last year.

The central message by the Word Water Council, the organiser of the World Water Forum, is that cities and countries have to double their expenditure on water infrastructure if they want to avoid too much water, too little water or too polluted water.

dws-wwf8-opening-session-fauchon-350px According to president Loïc Fauchon of the World Water Council, there will be no human rights to water if we don't start sharing it.

Sharing water
‘The term of water related disasters is now commonly adopted’, said president Loïc Fauchon of the World Water Council at the plenary opening session. ‘Our behaviour, our mistakes and more selfishness are the main causes. Populations are now urging to have access to basic water services. And decision makers are blind for climate change disrupting the water availability year after year. They make political and financial decisions with the objective of more production but no sharing’, Fauchon said, referring to this year’s theme of the forum, Sharing Water.

New challenge: the environment
Fauchon called upon the global water community to make water available in quantities and qualities at anytime and for every community. ‘Providing water security means to establish a bias between water for today and water for tomorrow’, Fauchon told the gathered water professionals.

‘There is a new challenge’, Fauchin continued ‘Water is not only a human necessity. It is also a necessity for nature.’

Fauchon finished his contribution to the opening session by stating it is time to understand the costs of public water service.

dws-wwf8-opening-pavilion-ovink-peters-350px Special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink announced a leadership coalition with Mexico on valuing water.

Top priority within the UN
On the first day of the 8th World Water Forum the Netherlands Pavilion drew many visitors and as always the networking reception was well attended.

One of the speakers at the reception was special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink. He addressed the final report by the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) that has been handed over to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 14 March 2018, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

According to Ovink, Guterres acknowledged the key role for water in achieving the sustainable development goals. The UN secretary promised to call upon all UN member states to make water their top priority.

At the World Water Forum, Ovink added that solving the water issues, is not a political process only. ‘It also involves businesses, financial instututes and communities that need to build coalitions.’

Ovink disclosed that the Netherlands, together with Mexico, will initiate the valuing water leadership that will put the principles of valuing water into practise.

dws-wwf8-opening-pavilion-reception-350pxBe prepared.. to embrace water
The central theme of the Netherlands Pavilion (E18) is 'Be prepared… to embrace water'. The Dutch water sector believes in an integrated approach on water management and is always looking for international collaboration and partnerships.

All participants of the World Water Forum are invited to come to the pavilion and to team up with the Dutch water sector!

To get insight of the Dutch contribution, see the special World Water Forum section on this website with all the participatants in the pavilion and Dutch experts contributing to the forum.

Stay tuned as news items on this website will keep you posted on these Dutch contributions.

Read also on this website
● World Water Forum 8: A look back on a Forum under pressure to achieve SDG6 by 2030, 29 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Huge potential for nature based solutions to reduce water risks, 28 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Revitalised IWRM-concept can boost action on SDG6 for water, 27 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: World Water Atlas gathers compelling stories on urgent water issues, 26 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Launch of Dutch Blue Deal programme in support of SDG6 on water, 23 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: Water Youth Network strengthens ties with research institute Deltares, 21 March 2018
● World Water Forum 8: A call on the world to fully value water, not just prizing, 21 March 2018
● Special page on Dutch participation at World Water Forum 8
● World Water Forum 7: Buzzing Dutch delegation very active at World Water Forum in Korea, 21 April 2015
● World Water Forum 7: Time for long term action plans as rare weather events become regular, 20 April 2015

More information
World water Forum 8

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

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
High-tech water supply facility turns waste water into drinking water at UN Camp Mali https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30350-high-tech-water-supply-facility-turns-waste-water-into-drinking-water-at-un-camp-mali.html dws-microlan-mali-bactcontrol
In the middle of the desert, the water supply facility at the military camp of the United Nation’s Peace Mission has successfully been converted to turn wastewater directly into drinking water. The camp reduced its groundwater use by 65 percent.

The compact water treatment plant has been built by the Dutch sustainable technology company The MasterMind and is equipped with an online BACTcontrol sensor made by microLAN.

dws-microlan-mali-dust-350px   Harsh desert circumstances with high temperatures and sand dust

Harsh circumstances
Under harsh circumstances with temperatures upto 50 oC, sand dust everywhere and ongoing military operations, water engineer Han Wissink of the MasterMind Company managed to upgrade the existing water supply installation of the UN military camp into a high-tech water cycle facility that produces drinking water directly from the camp’s waste water.

Of all the camp’s daily water use now only 35 percent is abstracted groundwater, which is a reduction of 65 percent compared to the previous situation. If it were up to Wissink, it would be down to 25 percent.

Two years of hard work
At the request of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, Wissink spent two years at the camp to rebuild the existing water supply facility into the current high-tech water cycle plant.

The MasterMind company owns the installation and is paid by the Dutch Ministry of Defence for the treated cubic meters of water supply.

dws-microlan-mali-sheet-mbr-350px A covered membrane bioreactor is at the hearth of the waste water treatment plant.

Online monitoring
One of the key components to enable this direct reuse, is the sophisticated online monitoring, including the detection of coliform bacteria. 

An online MicroLAN BACTcontrol sensor detects the microbiological activity in the water and produces a measurement result within one to two hours.

This fast analysis prevents that large amounts of treated water must be stored first, awaiting a laboratory analysis, which can take up to three days.

Missing link
The BACTcontrol sensor measures the specific enzymatic activities of coliforms. E. coli as an indicator for the presence of bacterial contamination.

For the installation in Mali, it was the ‘missing link’ since in the case of potential contamination, the drinking water supply can now be stopped almost immediately. Without this online monitoring, water samples would have to be analysed in a laboratory, or on-site using 24 hour field tests.

The BACTcontrol sensor is part of a process monitoring system designed and built by Qsenz. The entire system is mounted on panels made in the Netherlands and then only had to be connected to the power and water supply lines in the camp.

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

Read also on this website 
Dutch armed forces facilitate field tests for promising water technologies in Mali, 26 April 2017
KWR and MicroLAN to develop rapid detection method for enterococci bacteria in drinking water, 7 October 2016
Expertise: Water technology
Country: Mali

More information
The MasterMind company
Spakenburg, the Netherlands
+31 33 222 25 10

Waalwijk, the Netherlands
+31 416 348 090

Den Burg, the Netherlands
+31 222 760 016


Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wetsus enters third phase Barley Water Prize to recover phosphorus from Lake Simcoe, Canada https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30327-wetsus-enters-third-phase-barley-water-prize-to-recover-phosphorus-from-lake-simcoe-canada.html dws-wetsus-barley-simcoe-opening-640px
Ontario’s lake Simcoe has transformed in a field lab for ten teams of scientists to proof their technology can remove phosphorus to ultra low concentrations (10 ppb) with a very minimal footprint and at cost of less than 120 US dollar per kilogram.

On 28 February the third phase of the competition for the George Barley Water Prize officially started.

One of the teams is from Dutch water technology research institute Wetsus that entered the challenge with their NaFRAd-solution, a combination of flocculation with natural flocculants and reversible adsorption with high capacity iron based adsorbents.

dws-wetsus-barley-simcoe-algae-bloom-350px     Algae bloom in lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.

Lake Simcoe
Over the course of the next three months, the ten teams, including two from Canada, six from the United States, one from China and one from the Netherlands, will test their approaches on the surface water of Lake Simcoe.

The water of this Canadian lake contains very high concentrations of nutrients, causing toxic blue-green algae blooms and subsequent beach closures and a decline in fish population.

Three containers have been placed next to the lake where the different solutions will be tested under winter conditions and fluctuating flows.

Eventually four teams will continue to the final phase of the Barley Water Prize with the opportunity to upscale their pilot installation to a daily capacity of 15.000 m3.

dws-wetsus-barley-simcoe-kumar-kuiper-320-px Wetsus team Prashanth Kumar (left) and Miriam Kuiper in front of the container with the NaFRAd pilot installation.

Restore natural water in Everglades
The George Barley Water Prize is organized by the Everglades Foundation in their search to find cost-effective solutions to remove and recover phosphorus from surface water. There is a high demand in Florida for such a technology, as it would make it possible to restore the natural water flow through the Everglades and prevent toxic algae blooms at the coasts of Florida.

“The solution must work in temperate climates,” explained Dr. Melodie Naja, Chief Scientist at The Everglades Foundation. “And the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change showed us that this location fits the bill perfectly.”

Naja continued: “Each of these teams is advancing the science and economics of phosphorus removal. For the winning team, the 10 million US dollar Barley Water Prize will be just a small down payment on the profits to come. That’s how serious the problem is.”

Selection of adsorbent
Wetsus scientists that conduct the test at Lake Simcoe are Prashanth Kumar, together with intern Miriam Kuiper.

Project manager Leon Korving of Wetsus expects that recovery of the phosphorus will be crucial for winning this phase. “We carefully looked at our adsorbents. There has to be a balance in costs and an effective absorbents at low concentrations. Cheap absorbents often have little absorbing capacity.”

The same goes for the flocculants. Korving: “Thirty percent of the phosphorous is attached to small particles and we developed our own biodegradable flocculant. This will be tested at our pilot, next to a commercial available flocculant.”

The Everglades Foundation's Barley Prize VP of programming Dr. Tom Van Lent and Loren Parra cut the ceremonial ribbon with Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer for the kick off of the pilot stage, surrounded by members of the 10 participating teams at the Art Janse Pumping Station, Canada (see top photo).

This news item is based on originally publications on the websites of Wetsus and the George Barley Water Prize.

Read also on this website

Wetsus also wins next stage George Barley prize to clean up toxic algae blooms, 27 October 2017 
Wetsus team wins first stage George Barley Prize to combat harmful algae blooms, 31 March 2017 
Expertise: Water technology 

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Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 31 62 

George Barley Water Prize

Video on the third phase of the Barley Water Prize 

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Sheet piles enforced levee to show real strength at test site Eemdijk, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30322-sheet-piles-enforced-levee-to-show-real-strength-at-test-site-eemdijk-the-netherlands.html dws-deltares-eemdijk-slide-770px
The levee at test location Eemdijk, the Netherlands, collapsed in the morning of 30 January. Step by step the ground water level inside the levee had been raised and it finally slided due to macro-instability.

The stability test was the first from a series of three. This first test levee was to provide reference data for the next final test with a sheet pile enforced levee that started this week.

The field test data will be used to improve design models for levees and are expected to make levee upgrade projects better and cheaper.

dws-deltares-eemdijk-slide2-350px  The first test levee was without sheet piles and its slide generated field test data that can be used as reference for the final test.

Cheaper strengthening of levees
The series of levee stability tests is part of the national Flood protection programme (HWBP) that includes research projects to develop new and less expensive levee strengthening techniques. New insights due to these stability tests are expected to show that the currently used piling is stronger than was assumed in the past.

This will allow to optimise the thickness of the sheet piling and the type used on individual projects and may allow less expensive sheet piles.

The test series is conducted by the HWBP programme in close cooperation with research institute Deltares, regional water authority Vallei en Veluwe, contractor Liebregts, steel sheet piles supplier Arcelor Mittal and consultants Witteveen+Bos and Fugro.

Large amount of data
On the test location two 60 metres long sand-clay levees have been constructed. One of which has now slided off as it was destabilized (see on top photo).

The test was closely monitored from both inside as well as from the outside of levee. So researchers were able to collect large amount of data on the real strength of the levee.

dws-deltares-emmdijk-de-vries2-350px Coordinator Goaitske de Vries of regional water authority Hollands Noorderkwartier, confirms that the levee slided 'by the book'.

Carefully balanced design
‘We carefully balanced the design of the test levee’, explains coordinator Goaitske de Vries of regional water authority Hollands Noorderkwartier. ‘We wanted to build a realistic levee. Not too weak, so it could slide during its construction, but at the same time not so strong that we could not get it down.’

‘Eventually the first levee slided by the book’, says De Vries. ‘It took us six days to slowly increase the water level inside the levee, using a ground water infiltration system. At the toe we dug a ditch to weaken it even further. When the waterlevel inside the levee was 2.80 metres high we noticed movements inside the levee and we knew it was about to happen.’

Final test
A second test levee is now ready for the final test. It has been strengthened with sheet piles over the full lenght of 60 metres, and it will be destabilized by increasing the internal ground water level and by digging a ditch at its toe.

This final test will reveal the real strength of the enforcement with the steel sheet piles.

New flood risk standards
The national Flood Protection Programme (HWBP) includes some 300 projects to strengthen 1,100 km of levees (mainly river), 256 locks and several pumping stations.

The 7.4 billion euro programme must be completed by 2028.

Read the English factsheet Eemdijk test (download as pdf)

This news item is based on a publication on the website POV Macrostabiliteit (in Dutch only).

Read also on this website
Super waves put old asphalt levee strips to the test at Deltares, 11 July 2017
New Dutch 20 billion euros flood programme introduces risk-based standards for 2050, 17 September 2014
Stress test made ancient clay-on-peat levee finally to fail, the Netherlands, 14 October 2015

More information
National flood protection programme (HWBP)
Utrecht, the Netherlands
+31 88 797 32 70

Time lapse and video on the collapse of the first test levee at Eemsdijk, the Netherlands on 30 January


Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Nijhuis and Witteveen+Bos agree on worldwide roll out of 1-step filter for waste water treatment https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30310-nijhuis-and-witteveen-bos-agree-on-worldwide-roll-out-of-1-step-filter-for-waste-water-treatment.html dws-nijhuis-wibo-wwtp-horstermeer-770px
Two Dutch firms, Nijhuis Industries and Witteveen+Bos signed a memorandum of understanding on the worldwide roll out of the 1-Step filter technology for the additional treatment of effluent from waste water treatment plants.

The 1-Step filter is an effective modular and compact fixed bed activated carbon filter, operated at a relatively high rate downward flow.

The MoU was signed by CEO Karin Sluis of Witteveen+Bos and CEO Menno Holterman of Nijhuis Industries, on 5 March.

dws-nijhuis-wibo-one-step-nieuwenhuijzen-350pxImproved wwtp effluent quality
The 1-step filter is a cost-effective solution to improve the effluent quality of municipal sewage treatment plants. As an additional treatment the filter removes total suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus, organic micro-pollutants and medical residues, all at the same time.

Since 2013 onwards, the Amsterdam water utility Waternet operates the first ever 1-Step filter at their wwtp Horstermeer  with a capacity of 165,000 population equivalent (on top photo).

Wwtp Horstermeer is equipped with a full scale 1,550 m3/h 1-Step filter which was installed to meet the stringent total nitrogen (5 mg/l) and total phosphorus (0.3 mg/l) limits, imposed by the EU Water Framework Directive, whilst also future-proof wwtp Horstermeerand enabling it to achieve possible future discharge limits for organic micro pollutants.

Four processes
The 1-step filter combines four treatment processes into one single treatment unit. In addition to the removal of suspended solids by filtration, nitrogen is simultaneously removed via biological denitrification (using a selective carbon source), chemical phosphate and heavy metals are removed by coagulation and flocculation (with a low dose of metal salt), and, if required, organic micro pollutants can be removed by adsorption onto the activated carbon.

This news items was originally published on the website of Nijhuis Industries and Witteveen+Bos.

 Read also on this website
Nijhuis Industries joins effluent polishing research project on O3GAC-technology, 28 March 2017
World's first 1-Step filter officially commissioned for effluent treatment at wwtp Horstermeer, the Netherlands, 28 November 2013
Expertise: Water technology

More information
Nijhuis Industries
Doetinchem, the Netherlands
+31 314 749 000

Deventer, the Netherlands
+31 570 69 79 11

The principle of the 1-Step filter is explained in this video.

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wetlands International helps to stop downward spiral of water insecurity in Sahel region https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30283-wetlands-international-helps-to-stop-downward-spiral-of-water-insecurity-in-sahel-region.html dws-wetland-ethiopia-camels-770px
Wetlands International and its partners working in Ethiopia, published the Atlas of the Upper Fafan catchment in north-east Ethiopia. The atlas consists of a series of vegetation cover and water resource maps over time and provides a fundamental understanding of the challenges and opportunities for conservation.

This novel approach is replicable in other catchments in disaster prone areas facing severe environmental degradation.

dws-wetland-ethiopia-3d-map-350px  The atlas of the Upper Fafan is based on the 3D-visualization of Landsat 8 Imagery where geology and vegetation clearly stand out. dws-wetland-ethiopia-water-map-350px

Derived from satellite data is this map on the availability of water sources with high water security (in green) in the mountain area and high insecurity (light brown) on the plains.

Fast growing population
While drought puts increased constrain on the north-eastern part of Ethiopia, the root cause of the problems is that the land is overburdened with activities by a fast growing population such as intensive overgrazing by livestock and deforestation from firewood gathering.

There are no permanent sources of surface water in the area, only seasonal rivers and wetlands.

When rain falls, the barren, eroded soils cause another kind of disaster: deadly flash floods, as the land is too degraded to absorb water.

Disaster relief is crucial to save lives, but providing immediate food, aid and shelter does not address the underlying problems.

To escape the downward spiral of food and water insecurity, communities across the Sahel need to build their long-term resilience.

New approach
A critical first step in the new approach by Wetlands International was mapping the landscape, identifying the changes in landcover in time and understand how the landscape naturally provides water and restrains it.

‘An understanding of the landscape is fundamental to reverse the ongoing environmental degradation and improve livelihoods’, said Marie-Jose Vervest at Wetlands International.

‘The Upper Fafan Atlas is indispensable for guiding where and how to support long-term sustainable natural resource management in this degraded landscape.’

dws-wetland-ethiopia-erosion-350px A typical phenomenon with a big impact in this part of Ethiopia is the gully erosion.

Degrading ecosystems
Rural communities in Upper Fafan catchment (3709 km2) depend heavily on natural resources for their livelihoods; hence, a lack of proper management of the environment is a serious problem.

Ecosystems are degrading at an alarming rate, mainly due to the loss of vegetation caused by overgrazing and deforestation. Extreme weather events are also increasing, and the region has suffered through years of low rainfall and a punishing drought.

The Atlas maps the landscape based on biophysical, socio-economic, land use and management, ecosystems and water resources assessments. This provides a baseline on the challenges and opportunities to halt and reverse environmental degradation using improved land and water management.

Wetlands International works in Ethiopia with its partners The Netherlands Red Cross, the Ethiopia Red Cross Society, Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The development of the Atlas was led by Dutch consultancy firm Acacia Water.

This news item is based on articles published on the web sites of Wetlands International and Reliefweb.

Read also on this website
Acacia Water participates in hydrogeological assessment for Darfur region, Sudan, 27 August 2017
Degradation of wetlands in the Sahel drives massive migration to Europe, 4 May 2017
Expertise: Water and agrifood
Country: Ethiopia

More information
Wetlands International
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 318 660 910

Acacia Water
Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 182 686 424

Animation showcasing integrated approaches, linking disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation (CCA), and ecosystem management and restoration (EMR), to address the underlying problems degrading the landscape and causing disasters.

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 +0100