Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Oasen starts one step reverse osmosis pilot for drinking water in Huai’an, China https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30115-oasen-starts-one-step-reverse-osmosis-pilot-for-drinking-water-in-huai-an-china.html dws-oasen-osro-skid-schuwacht-770px-1
Dutch water supply company Oasen operates its first drinking water pilot plant in Huai’an, China, based on its one step reverse osmosis (OSRO) concept.

The pilot plant treats 10 m3 bank infiltrate per hour and has the potential to reduce the current number of treatment steps from six to three, necessary for the delivery of good quality drinking water to the Chinese city.

Oasen reports more Chinese cities to be interested in this new technology that can deliver drinking water with superior chemical quality.

Cascade of RO
Salination and pollution of river and groundwater will urge water supply companies to enhance their water treatment process. Many different conventional treatment steps are available such as rapid sand filtration, pellet softening and granular activated carbon.

Oasen choose not to expand the number of different technologies, but, instead, choose to focus on reverse osmosis only. By using a cascade of dense RO-installations, the Dutch water supply company wants to remove all substances, leaving pure water only.

dws-oasen-osro-schuwacht-opening-350px Recent opening of Oasen's upgraded ground water station Schuwacht, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands, that now includes an Reverse osmosis treatment step. CEO Walter van der Meer on the right.

Superior chemical quality
After the treatment, the permeate is remineralised by adding calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate to the water.

As a final step, CO2 and methane are stripped, while oxygen is added.

The superior chemical quality of the drinking water significantly improve the biological stability. The water produced has an ultra-low growth potential, providing a natural limitation on bacterial growth during distribution to customers.

Great interest
According to CEO Walter van der Meer of Oasen, the achievements drew great interest in China. ‘We had a Chinese PhD candidate involved in our research and that has led to good contacts with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’.

Van der Meer: ‘Current Chinese water purification plants consist of six to seven purification steps and our OSRO concept can reduce this to only three steps.’

More sustainable solution
Van der Meer acknowledges that membrane filtration demands more pressure compared to traditional treatment. ‘However, overall the OSRO-concept uses less energy’, he assures.

Furthermore an OSRO installation takes up less space and uses no chemicals, such as caustic soda and activated carbon. ‘That makes it a more sustainable water treatment technology’, according to Van der Meer.

In the Netherlands Oasen has plans to build two or three full scale OSRO-plants at its own groundwater and bank infiltrate treatment stations.

This news item was originally published on the website of Oasen (in Dutch only).

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Oasen installs RO-membrane in 200 m deep well for drinking water production, 12 January 2014
Singapore Water Week 2016: Optiqua to provide EventLab real time monitoring for drinking water network Shandong, China, 13 July 2016
Sino-Dutch consortium completes artificial groundwater recharge facility in Deyang city, China, 26 September 2016
Country: China
Expertise: Water technology

More information
Oasen 
Gouda, the Netherlands 
+31 182 59 33 11
www.oasen.nl

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Royal Boskalis receives 300 million euro Letter of Award for development Tuas port pier 3, Singapore https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30104-royal-boskalis-receives-300-million-euro-letter-of-award-for-development-tuas-port-pier-3-singapore.html dws-boskalis-tuas-pier-1-aerial-770px
Royal Boskalis has received a Letter of Award from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for the port development project Tuas Terminal Finger Pier 3 in Singapore.

The contract value for the consortium, including Penta Ocean Construction Company and Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company, is approximately 1.46 billion Singapore dollar.

Boskalis' share in the consortium is 30 percent with a corresponding contract value of approximately 300 million euro. The contract is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks after the Chinese New Year.

dws-boskalis-tuas-pier-3-impression-350px  Impression of the three piers of megaport Tuas to be ready by 2040. Construction of pier 1 - topside - is to be completed later this year.

Massive caissons
The Tuas Terminal Finger Pier 3 project is part of the development of the new mega Tuas port project and includes the design and construction of 387 hectares of land reclamation works bounded by 9.1 km of caisson walls.

The nearly 30 meter high caissons designed for this project will be amongst the largest ever used in the world.

Various activities
Boskalis will execute various dredging and civil engineering activities within the above scope, including the deepening of the port basin and access channel, dredging of a sandkey and managing the supply of sand to create the new land.

The dredging and land reclamation activities will be executed with a combination of a medium-sized trailing suction hopper dredger, grab and backhoe dredgers and long-distance bulk carriers.

The activities will commence in the coming weeks. The construction activities will take place over a 9 year time frame and are expected to be completed in 2027.

dws-boskalis-tuas-pier-3-caisson-350px For Pier One some 222 caissons will be constructed at a special land-based wharf and transported into place. Each caisson is filled with dredged materials.

Finger One
Boskalis is already involved in the development of the Tuas Terminal Finger Pier 1 (on top photo).

Together with Van Oord it has been contracted by Jurong Town Corporation in 2014 for the dredging work and to build a 3.4 km of quay wall. This work is expected to be completed later this year.

Singapore is clustering all its port activities on the western part of the island and started the development of the megaport Tuas with a capacity to handle 65 million containers per year.

This capacity doubles the container capacity of Singapore’s current five container terminals. By 2040, when the new megaport with its three fingers is completed, the current container terminals will be closed.

The old harbours will be redeveloped for housing and urban projects as part of the Greater Southern Waterfront.

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

Read also on this website
Van Oord and Boskalis win contract for Tuas Mega Port expansion, Singapore, 18 July 2014
Royal Boskalis awarded contract to dredge Martin Garcia Channel, Uruguay, 5 December 2017
Expertise: Resilient cities
Country: Singapore

More information
Royal Boskalis Westminster
Papendrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 6969 000
www.boskalis.com

Video explaining the need for Singapore to start the megaport Tuas development.

 

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Ocean Cleanup’s fully re-engineered plastic recovery prototype nears completion https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30084-ocean-cleanup-s-fully-re-engineered-plastic-recovery-prototype-nears-completion.html dws-ocean-cleanup-new-prototype-deployment-770px-1
Ocean Cleanup announced the deployment of its new prototype on the North Sea. It is one of the last steps in preparation of the launch of the first plastic recovery system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this summer.

The new prototype no longer consists of an inflatable rubber type barrier but has HDPE solid pipes with a screen hanging underneath.

On his website founder and CEO Boyan Slat of The Ocean Cleanup described the metamorphosis of the prototype he and his team have been working on for the past two years.

dws-ocean-cleanup-new-prototype-leakage-350px Unscheduled learning: leakage of the inflatable booms of the first prototype.

Leakage inflatable booms
‘The North Sea Prototype 1 rapidly taught us that a barrier design inspired by conventional oil containment booms won't be able to last at sea for a very long time’, Slat writes on the website.

‘The inflatable air chambers showed a tendency to leak very quickly, and the connection between the boom and the mooring wasn't able to cope with the high loads.’

Testing of the floating rubber booms of the first prototype on the North Sea provided invaluable input for the structural engineering team who incorporated all these lessons in an completely revisited design with hard plastic pipes.

Testing in small sections
According to Slat the second prototype has been tested on the North Sea in smaller sections. ‘If such a section can last at sea, this is a good indication that a full-length system will also be able to survive’, he writes.

‘Although the conditions at our North Sea test site aren't identical to those in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the results of these prototypes are qualitative, but because the conditions are conservative, we can rapidly assess which parts cope well and those that need improvement.’

dws-ocean-cleanup-new-prototype-screen-350px Second prototype with a hard plastic floater pipe and a connected underwater screen.

New screen design
A mayor engineering challenge has been the connection of the hard floater pipe and the flexible screen hanging underneath.

Last year two 12 m long test sections were deployed and the connection proved to be strong enough to survive even a severe storm with waves up to 9,5 m. However, not so the screen itself.

The screen material was a laminate consisting of polyester fibers covered by a layer of TPU on either side. Water ingress occurred at the edges of the material, which allowed the water to get in between the TPU layers.

Learning from this screen failure, several new features have been included in design, such as a stronger polyester fabric and a strong-line once every meter to create a direct load path between the ballast weights and the floater connection.

dws-ocean-cleanup-new-prototype-floater-pipe-350px   A 3-meter scale model tested in a wavepool earlier this year.

Pressure on timeline
To validate the new screen design three additional tests have been conducted. According to Slat the ‘unscheduled learning’ has put more pressure on the timeline.

‘But we are happy that we discovered them last year on a small section of the system in the - much more accessible - North Sea, instead of with a screen 600 meters in length, 1200 nautical miles offshore’, he remarks.

‘And, if things go according to plan, we will still be on schedule to launch our first cleanup system this summer’.

This news item is based on a report written by Boyan Slat on the website of The Ocean Cleanup.

Read also on this website
Ocean Cleanup to conduct series low-altitude flights over garbage patches in Great Pacific, 19 August 2016
Ocean Cleanup's prototype of cleanup boom put to the test at North Sea, 24 June 2016
Great pacific garbage cleanup fleet at full strength leaving Honolulu, Hawaii, 13 August 2015

More information
The Ocean Cleanup
Delft, the Netherlands
www.theoceancleanup.com

Technology manager Arjen Tjallema of The Ocean Cleanup explains the development of the re-engineered North Sea prototype.

 

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
De Urbanisten joins ambitious flood prevention project in Randers, Denmark https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30055-de-urbanisten-joins-ambitious-flood-prevention-project-in-randers-denmark.html dws-urbanisten-moller-strokeengen-rain-770px
Danish architect firm C.F. Møller Landscape leads an international team to design a new landscape along the Guden and Randers Fjord that protects the city of Randers from floods, both from storm water from the city itself, as well as from storm surge through the fjord that connects the city to the Kattegat Strait.

In the next four month the team, involving the Dutch firm De Urbanisten, is challenged to come up with a toolbox with new solutions that do not create new barriers to water and nature.

On the initial call from the Randers city, 13 teams responded of which two have now been selected to develop a tool box for solutions. The other team is led by urban development consultancy SLA. The team includes the Dutch engineering firm Witteveen+Bos.

dws-urbanisten-moller-strokeengen-retention-350px At the hearth of the plan is the reconstruction of an existing nature area into a park that can act as a water retention area.

No high levees
‘The two teams must show how we can protect the city of Randers from a storm surge, without building high levees, walls and embankments, but instead by creating better access to the water’, says Nels Markussen who is the head of Nature and Environment of Randers Municipality.

‘The River Guden and Randers Fjord are really important to the city's identity, and adaptation to climate change must not take us further away from the water. That would not be compatible with the vision of bringing the city to the water’, he adds.

Attractive solutions
During the period, the two teams will meet 4 times in Randers to look at the area, exchange ideas and give each other feedback.

According to Markussen it is important that local professionals and selected stakeholders can also comment on the ideas, ensuring that the final toolbox will be adjusted to local conditions.

‘It is important that any investments in adapting to climate change give the largest possible value to the city’, explains Markussen.

‘For us, it is all about finding solutions that we can appreciate every day, and not just if a storm surge strikes. Such solutions should be attractive to the citizens, and in this way we get more from the investments that are required.’

dws-urbanisten-moller-strokeengen-icoon-350px Planned iconic feature of the park that is located along the Guden river and very close to the city centre.

International expertise
Mia Rix, project manager for the Climate Ribbon at Randers Municipality, is very pleased with the international interest: ‘It is really good for the project and for Randers, because it gives us access to the latest technologies and experience from Europe that we can then build on’.

Rix adds: ‘and it of course shows that it is not just us facing this challenge. This is something that many cities, both Danish and European, will be working with in the years ahead’.
Both selected teams have Dutch participants, and according to Mia Rix, Holland is an important place to look to for experience when it comes to water.

‘Large areas there are very low, and this means that the Dutch have been working to protect their cities from water for many years. Lessons learned from this process can now be put to good use in Randers’.

Two selected teams are:
● SLA, including Niras, Witteveen + Bos, 2 + 1 Idebureau and Mette Bjærge
● CF Møller iuncluding Orbicon, De Urbanisten, Gemeinschaft and Sadolin en Albæk.

This news item was originally published on the websites of C.F. Møller Landscape and city of Randers (in Danish only).

Read also on this website

Sponge city: De Urbanisten and Deltares develop adaptation approach for Mexico City, 21 January 2018 Urbanisten and RAAAF awarded prestigious European prize for architecture, 7 July 2017 BAM consortium prequalified for main construction Fehmarnbelt tunnel, Denmark, 4 March 2016 Boskalis consortium preferred bidder for dredging seabed Fehmarnbelt tunnel, Denmark, 4 March 2016 Resilient Cities 

More information
De Urbanisten, Urban design and landscape architecture
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 6 50201080
www.urbanisten.nl

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Snow greets completion of West 8 designed waterfront park in Shanghai, China https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/30024-snow-greets-completion-of-west-8-designed-waterfront-park-in-shanghai-china.html dws-west8-xinhua-park-shanghai-snow-walkers2-770px
Recent heavy snowfall gave the new Xinhua water front park in Shanghai, China, an 'extra shiny colour', according to its designer, Dutch landscape architect firm West 8. The urban park was officially opened to the public on 31 December.

The 16 km new waterfront is the first part of the greater Huangpu Waterfront Revitalization project that has the ambition to transform 45 km of the waterfront along the Huangpu River of Shanghai.

dws-west8-xinhua-park-shanghai-snow-crane2-350px-1Mission impossible
The planned transformation of 45 km of the waterfront along the Huangpu River is often nicknamed ‘mission impossible’. However, In 2016 landscape architect firm West 8 started, in collaboration with the Tongji University, the design process for the first part of the revitalization project, the 16 km long Xinhua waterfront park.

The construction was kicked off halfway 2017 and within 6 months’ time the park could be opened to the public.

West 8 designed the corridor as an ‘urban cultural living room’ for the Shanghai citizens to enjoy this new open space day and night, and in all seasons.

dws-west8-xinhua-park-shanghai-snow-skyline-350pxDesign motto
The weather in Shanghai has surprised many at the beginning of this year, erratic snowfall in the city.

According to West 8 the snow has given some extra shiny colour to the yet newly constructed urban park, literally very much reflecting its design motto: 'simple yet beautiful, relaxed and romantic'.

The photos were taken during the last week of January, showing a glimpse of the new waterfront park where old and young can come and enjoy this slow-living and inclusive space in Shanghai, jogging or biking, while looking over the stunning skyline of Shanghai Huangpu.

dws-west8-xinhua-park-shanghai-snow-children2-770px

This news item was originally published on the website of West 8.
(all photo's by Shanghai Shenjiang Liang'an Development Construction Investment Group)

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Construction of West 8’s design Xinhua Waterfront Park kicks off in Shanghai, China, 19 March 2017
West 8's design of newest New York landmark, The Hills, opens to the public, 27 July 2016
Country: China
Expertise: Resilient cities

More information
West 8 Urban design & landscape architecture 
Rotterdam, the Netherlands 
+31 10 485 58 01 
www.west8.nl

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Red Cross Climate Centre praises UN statement for linking climate change and security in Africa https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29993-red-cross-climate-centre-praises-un-statement-for-linking-climate-change-and-security-in-africa.html dws-red-cross-migration-africa-women2-700px
Red Cross’ Climate Centre welcomes the statement by the UN Security Council recognising the impact of climate change on West Africa and the Sahel region, including ‘drought, desertification, land degradation and food insecurity,’ and the call for strategies by governments and the UN to manage associated risks.

The statement underpines ICRC’s warning for the precarious security situation in the Sahel region that ‘overshadowed a massive humanitarian crisis affecting 12 million people’ in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

A statement read by the council president Kairat Umarov was adopted on 31 January, centred on the consolidation of peace in West Africa, expressed ‘concern over the overall humanitarian situation in the region’.

dws-red-cross-migation-soldiers-350px  UN recognises that drought plays an important role in conflicts and migration  in Sahel countries.

Precarious situation
In a statement last November, the ICRC said a precarious security situation in the Sahel region was ‘overshadowing a massive humanitarian crisis affecting 12 million people’ in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

‘Conflicts in the Lake Chad region and Mali, combined with the activities of armed groups across borders, had serious consequences for neighbouring Burkina Faso and Mauritania’, said Patrick Youssef, the ICRC’s Deputy Director for Africa.

‘The region’s challenges are exacerbated by climate change, poverty and food shortages’, he added.

The ICRC is helping more than 1.5 million people in these five countries by providing seeds, tools, fertilizers, fodder and animal vaccinations.

dws-red-cross-un-security-meeting-sahel-31-1-2018-350px UN Security Council adopted the statement on the critical situation in the Sahel on the last day of the council’s presidency by Kazakhstan.

Fitting all pieces together
Climate Centre Director Maarten van Aalst also welcomed the UN references to humanitarian innovations to address rising risks, saying discussions under the Paris Agreement, on the SDGs, in the Security Council, and in humanitarian forums all now overlapped.

‘We cannot close our eyes to the fact that people in fragile and conflict-affected countries are also the most vulnerable to rising climate-risks’, said Van Aalst.

‘This cannot be solved simply as a climate problem, a security problem, or even a question of humanitarian response – we have to fit the pieces together.”

New approach on peace
In reaction to the adaption of the statement Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström tweeted that it was ‘an important step’; contemporary challenges to peace and security required new approaches, she argued, and in recognizing the adverse effects of climate change the council was also illustrating the ‘need to tackle root causes of crises’.

Netherlands Climate Envoy Marcel Beukeboom tweeted that for the Security Council to link climate change and security was a ‘significant step’, and something the Netherlands had argued for through – among other channels – the Planetary Security initiative.

dws-red-cross-migration-psi-conference-350px PSI-conference in The Hague in December 2017 addressed the effects of climate change as one of the root causes for conflicts.

Bridging knowledge and policy
The Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) is a multi-year initiative run by a consortium of think tanks, including the Center for Climate and Security, to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface on global security. The consortium and the community of practice is coordinated by Dutch-based research institute Clingendael.

In December last year the imitative held a conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, where forty high level representatives signed a declaration that calls for a special UN ‘climate security’ envoy for the coordination on international migration issues by addressing the effects of climate change such as water scarcity.

In March, the Netherlands will chair the UN Security council and will have the issue of a special envoy for climate security high on its agenda.

This news item was originally published on the website of ICRC Climate Centre.

Read also on this website
SNV and ACF join in EU-funded projects to halt migration in Northern Cameroon, 19 December 2017
High level representatives sign The Hague Declaration for concerted action on climate security, 13 December 2017
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: Many reasons for conflicts, water shortage is one of them, 30 August 2017

More information
ICRC Climate Centre
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 445 58 86
www.climatecentre.org

Planetary Security Initiative
c/o The Clingendael Institute
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 374 66 94
www.planetarysecurityinitiative.org

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Refitted Seafox 5 ready to install the next generation of larger offshore wind turbines https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29980-refitted-seafox-5-ready-to-install-the-next-generation-of-larger-offshore-wind-turbines.html dws-damen-seafox-5-in-harbour-770pxJack-up rig Seafox 5 has left the Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard following a four-month refit in which the boom of its main crane was lengthened to prepare it for a new contract, along with a range of maintenance and other upgrade works.

Seafox 5 is now equipped to undertake offshore wind projects involving the next generation of larger wind turbines in water depths of up to 65 metres.

dws-damen-seafox-5-in-harbour-350px  Mounting high over the water, Seafox 5 can install the new generation 6MW German wind tubines.

Largest vessel in Seafox fleet
Delivered in 2012, Seafox 5 is owned and operated by jack-up specialist Seafox BV, the world´s largest offshore support company.

151 metres long and with a breadth of 50 metres, the rig is the largest vessel in the Seafox fleet and has a 1,200 tonne main crane and accommodation for up to 150 personnel.

Her arrival at Damen Verolme Rotterdam shipyard in September last year was here first time in drydock since her initial delivery.

Lengthening of boom
The primary reason for the visit was to lengthen the main boom of her Liebherr crane. This will enable her to fulfil an upcoming contract with GeoSea to install 66 six-megawatt wind turbines at the Merkur wind farm off the coast of Germany.

While she was alongside, a series of other works were undertaken including a special periodic survey, testing the jacking system up to 70-metres above sea level, renewing the leg guide wear plates, installing a secondary Sormec crane and a repaint.

Next assignment
Seafox 5 Rig manager Alex Eijgenraam commented: “Seafox 5 left the yard as good as new and ready for her next assignment for the offshore wind industry. The long experience of Damen Verolme with jack up rigs has contributed greatly to this result.”

“It was a tight time frame, but we finished on time and to budget,” added Mark Heuders, Project Manager at DVR. “The key to success was, as always, preparation and cooperation, with careful planning of lead times for each activity and regular progress meetings. It has once again been a pleasure to work with Seafox.”

This news item was originally published on the website of Damen Shipyards.

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Hatenboer-Water to deliver Oceanus RO water makers for Seafox 7 offshore platform, 16 January 2018
Damen Shipyards announces series of specialized vessels for removal off shore constructions. 16 August 2016
Electric-powered Damen cutter suction dredgers for Canadian oil sands, 12 February 2016

More information
Damen Shipyards Group
Gorinchem, the Netherlands
+31 183 63 99 11 
www.damen.com

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Oman’s water authority Diam becomes member of global Watershare knowledge platform https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29963-oman-s-water-authority-diam-becomes-member-of-global-watershare-knowledge-platform.html dws-kwr-diam-watershare-muscat-770pxDiam, the Public Authority for Electricity & Water of Oman (PAEW) has become the twentieth member of Watershare, a platform of water research organisations and water companies who share the goal of applying global expertise to local water issues.

Participation in Watershare, gives Diam access to worldwide knowledge and tools to assess its water systems, and to develop and implement technologies and practices to improve its water services.

In return Diam will bring its knowledge and practices to Watershare as well as stress conditions for water systems typical for the Gulf region.

dws-kwr-diam-watershare-tools-350px  Some of the software tools that Watershare members can use.

High-level water services
Diam is very determined to further develop the high-level water services in Oman. A key issue in its long-term strategy is the determination of the best options for resilient water supply systems, which are able to cope with demographic and climate changes and other regional challenges.

Watershare’s knowledge and tools dovetails perfectly with the capacity building programmes of Diam.

Diam will feed Watershare with knowledge and practices on stress conditions for water systems typical for the Gulf region.

About Diam
As a governmental organisation, Diam provides high-quality, sustainable and reliable drinking water and power services to all of the people of the Sultanate of Oman.

Drinking water and electricity services are critical to the development of Oman. In total, Diam serves a population of more than 2.4 million people.

About Watershare
Watershare is a global collaborative platform for top applied research institutes in the public water sector.

Knowledge institutes that are member of the platform have access to a large number of software products, developed to resolve practical problems faced by the end-users of these knowledge institutes.

This news item was originally published on the website of Watershare and Diam.

Read more on this website
KWR hosts WHO expert meeting on antimicrobial resistance in the Netherlands, 31 July 2017
SIWW 2016: Watershare launched Community of practice on emerging substances, 12 July 2016
Watershare welcomes South African Water research commission as 15th member, 18 November 2015

More information
Watershare
Nieuwegein, the Netherlands
+31 30 606 9582
www.watershare.eu

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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Winning team Wetskills Korea water challenge announced at Olympic Winter Games https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29929-winning-team-wetskills-korea-water-challenge-announced-at-olympic-winter-games.html dws-wetskills-korea-winners-flowers-770px-1Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands announced the winning team of the Wetskills South Korea challenge at the Olympic Winter Games, in Gangneung, on 10 February.

Five teams of Dutch and Korean young water professionals worked two weeks at the Hongik University in Seoul on real water issues and were challenged to come up with an innovative solution.

The winning team came up with an idea for the water utilities of Amsterdam (NL) and Seoul (KOR) to convert fully to renewable energy. 

dws-wetskills-korea-rutte-winners-350px  On the stage in the Holland Heineken House where normally Dutch Olympic medal winners are cheered. Second left is Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Out-of-the-box solutions
Eleven Dutch and nine South Korean water talents started their Olympic adventure in Seoul at Hongik University.

Water experts from Dutch and Korean water companies and institutes presented the young water professionals five real existing water issues. In multidisciplinary teams the water talents worked at the university for a few days on a realistic, out-of-the-box solution.

The winnning team designed a decentralised energy network for water utilities to recover and store energy. The network includes the recovery of energy and heat from waste water inside at house level. Each house has a generator and a warm water tank to recover the energy and a battery to store the energy.

Holland Heineken House
After two weeks, five Dutch-Korean teams presented their solutions in the Holland Heineken House on 10 February.

The Holland Heineken House is located close to the Olympic skating stadium and acts as a home for Dutch athletes and their fans during the Olympic Games.

The team with the best solution, to generate more renewable energy from waste water, took the very famous stage – normally for Dutch Olympic medal winners only - to receive the award from Dutch Prime Minister Rutte.

The team consisted of Rianne Meeusen, Anniek Timmerman, Wonjung Chung and Bin Kim (on top photo from left to right in front row with flowers).

dws-wetskills-korea-winners-350px Wonjung Chung of the winning team piches the solution to recover renewable energy from waste water.

Five cases
For two weeks the teams of water talents worked on solutions for five cases:
● Korean water company K-Water asked the youngsters a plan for ecological water management for rivers in South Korea.
● Waternet Amsterdam and the Seoul city council sought for possibilities to generate more renewable energy from water.
● Delfland Water Board looked for possibilities for decentralization of wastewater treatment and recovery of raw materials.
● Korean scientific institute KIST requested a design of a saline water-bearing layer in the soil that can be used as to store energy or fresh water.
● Dutch Province of Friesland and Daegu city asked a team to write a game competition for the development of smart water systems for consumers.

 

About Wetskills
Since 2010, more than 500 students and young water professionals from 120 universities and organizations have participated in one of the 27 Wetskills Water Challenges. These events took place in Asia, Africa, America and Europe. The next Wetskills Challenge is to take place in Oman late March and will focus on solutions to make water from the air.

Other Wetskills events planned for this year, are Wetskills-Colombia (in May), Wetskills-China (May) and Wetskills-South Africa (June).

Read also on this website
AIWW 2017: Rain triggered fish passage wins Wetskills young professionals challenge, 6 November 2017
Odor Control team wins Wetskills water challenge in Israel, 20 September 2017
Heat stress city app wins Romania Wetskills Water Challenge, 6 June 2017

More information
Wetskills Foundation
The Hague, the Netherlands
www.wetskills.com

 

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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Optiqua and KCIE collaborate to supply real time water sensors for new South Korean smart cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29884-optiqua-and-kcie-collaborate-to-supply-real-time-water-sensors-for-new-south-korean-smart-cities.html dws-optiqua-kcei-eventlab-770px-1Dutch-Singapore based water sensor supplier Optiqua Technologies and Korean water chemicals supplier firm KCIE Co Ltd announced their collaboration to bring Optiqua’s real time water quality sensors, EventLab and MiniLab, to the South Korean market.

The companies report a growing demand for real time monitoring of drinking water quality in the light of expanding smart city programs in South Korean cities such as Paju, Sejong, Busan and Songsan.

dws-optiqua-kcie-map-busan-water-quality-350px Excisting interactive map on website of Busan water authority for inhabitants to check the quality of their tap water.

Chemical contaminants
KCIE and Optiqua’s collaboration will introduce EventLab (on top photo), a real time sensor platform that can measure chemical contaminants in water immediately.

It has a wide range of applications including the monitoring of water quality at treatment plants, monitoring of water quality in smart distribution networks and monitoring the water quality at intake points/surface water monitoring.

The collaboration will also introduce MiniLab for sensitive and fast analysis of samples and the need to identify and quantify target contaminants on the spot.

Minilab results are available within minutes and does not require specialized staff to operate.

dws-optiqua-kcie-minilab-350px Offline MiniLab that can measure the concentrations of eight high priority water pollutants within 15 minutes.

Smart network solutions
Mr. David Yoo, President and Chairman of KCIE: ‘In addition to our current activities, we will be focusing on online water quality monitoring with the state of the art sensor solutions of Optiqua.’

Yoo: ‘For safe supply of drinking water, water quality needs to be monitored online at real time. Its unique characteristics make EventLab ideal for smart network solutions.’

Water security
Melchior van Wijlen, Managing Director Optiqua said, ‘There is a strong interest in water quality in Korea, ranging from applications for smart water networks to environmental monitoring, water security and industrial water applications.’

Van Wijlen: ‘Our solutions are proven internationally and will allow us to bring important benefits to a wide range of water quality applications in this important market.'

Van Wijlen considers KCIE a strong partner, enabling Optiqua to provide Korean customers with smart water sensoring technology, as well as a strong service and support.

dws-optiqua-kcei-busan-eco-delta-city-350px Impression of eco-delta city area in Busan, South Korea, where smart water solutions will be used.

Korean smart cities
South Korean cities Sejong and Busan have been selected as smart city pilot locations for the next five years. Both cities are to include next-generation network, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving, smart grid and virtual reality.

Sejong is to become the new administrative capital of South Korea, housing 36 ministries and government agencies and more than 10,000 civil servants. The idea is to create a more efficient government center.

Busan is to develop new smart urban technology within the concept of an eco-delta city. The city will built a new residential and business area that, in the centre, connects three rivers. The area is designed to include attractive water friendly features on the riversides. The water landscape is to connect nature, culture and leisure.

Read also on this website
Province of Friesland signs MoU on water technology with Daegu city, South Korea, 26 September 2017
SIWW 2016: Optiqua to provide EventLab real time monitoring for drinking water network Shandong, China, 13 July 2016
Optiqua deploys 80 EventLab water quality sensors for Vitens smart supply network, the Netherlands, 4 May 2016
Expertise: Resilient cities

More information
Optiqua Technologies Pte Ltd
Singapore
+65 689 69 196
and
Enschede, the Netherlands
+31 53 483 63 77
www.optiqua.com

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Great Bubble Barrier ready for the real job: collecting plastic from world’s largest rivers https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29611-great-bubble-barrier-ready-for-the-real-job-collecting-plastic-from-world-s-largest-rivers.html dws-bubble-barrier-studer-zoet-eveleens-770px‘We stop plastic pollution in rivers close to the source before it reaches the ocean’. This is what the creators of the Great Bubble Barrier, Anne Marieke Eveleens, Francis Zoet and Saskia Studer, want to achieve. On their website they started a crowfunding campaign to raise money for their first real Great Bubble Barrier, an innovative plastic capture system for running surface water.

The team recently completed an initial test with the concept of an air bubble screen and a conveyor belt at the mouth of the IJssel river, near Kampen, the Netherlands.

dws-bubble-barrier-winners-makathon-350px The team's first big achievement: winners of the Plastic Free Rivers Makathon in July 2016.

Successful first pilot
According to the three co-founders, the pilot with the first prototype went well. Reportedly, the screen of air bubbles pushed plastic waste to the surface and to the side of the river where it could be collected easily.

The pilot on the IJssel river was supported by the Dutch national water authority Rijkswaterstaat, and civil engineering companies BAM and Van den Herik.

The control and the positioning of the air screen have been test at the laboratorium of research institute Deltares in Delft, the Netherlands.

No hindrance
The main advantage of this concept, is that the air bubble does not pose any hindrance, both for shipping and for water life.

The team believes the plastic problem can only truly be solved when people start treating their environment with respect, and a lot less plastic packaging is produced.

dws-bubble-barrier-bubble-tube-350px Placement of the air injection hose for the pilot.

In the meantime, an average of 8 million tons of plastic is added to our oceans every year, of which 80 percent is coming from land.

Ten biggest polluting rivers
By placing the Great Bubble Barrier at river mouths, the team aims to block as much plastic as possible and contribute to cleaner and healthier oceans and rivers.

The team wants to upscale the concept and place Great Bubble Barriers at the mouths of the world’s largest rivers that contribute to the ocean’s plastic soup.

The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is to raise 100.000 Euro to get the first barrier operational.

Read also on this website
Great bubble barrier team wins Plastic free rivers makathon, the Netherlands, 4 July 2016
Crowdfunding halfway for first floating homes in Hagonoy, Philippines, 22 September 2017
Expertise: Enabling delta life

More information
The Great Bubble Barrier
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
www.thegreatbubblebarrier.com

Initial experiments with the air screen at the laboratory of Deltares in 2017.

Images of the pilot at the mouth of the IJssel river near Kampen, the Netherlands, in November 2017.

In support of the crowdfunding campaign, co-founder Francis Zoet explains (in Dutch only) the concept of the Great Bubble Barrier.

 

 

 

 

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Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wageningen University and Rabobank help smallholder farmers worldwide to secure crop yields https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29853-wageningen-university-and-rabobank-help-smallholder-farmers-worldwide-to-secure-crop-yields.html dws-rabobank-csdff-tool-farmland-770px-1Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) and Rabobank have joined forces to develop a digital tool to monitor smallholders' crops.

The Climate Smart Digital Farm Finance (CSDFF) tool tracks crops at field level, using images provided by the Sentinel-2 satellite. The monitoring helps lower farmers' risk profiles so that they can gain access to credit.

Farmers can use the tool to maximize their yields by adjusting irrigation and fertilizers according to the information the tool provides, and by tackling any disease or pests it detects.

dws-rabobank-csdff-tool-sentinel-350px Sentinel-2 satellite supplies regular updates on biomass development in the field.

Better credit rating
A team from WENR and Rabobank looked for actionable ways farmers could improve their credit rating.

‘We designed a so-called Green Monitor that identifies and tracks crops at field level’, says Gerbert Roerink of the Earth Informatics Team at WENR.

High resolution
‘We can achieve a resolution of 10 by 10 square meter using images from the Sentinel-2 satellite. The satellite supplies regular updates on biomass development in the field.’

A pilot project was successfully completed in December 2017, testing the tool on small barley and wheat plots in Ethiopia.

The team currently works on optimizing the model in order to implement it at a local financial institution in Ethiopia.

Lower risk profile
Access to finance is essential to boost farm productivity. However, banks are often unwilling to provide finance to farmers as they perceive it as too risky and costly.

Accurate information improves the credit assessment parameters. A more reliable risk profile could stimulate financial institutions to provide loans for smallholders, making it an important driver for economic growth and prosperity.

dws-rabobank-csdff-tool-dashboard-350px CSDFF-tool links images to the development of biomass of certain vegetation.

Reliable data for banks
‘The objective of the CSDFF tool is to provide banks with data on crop production while reducing the need to visit farms in remote areas’, adds Corné de Louw, Advisor at Rabobank International Advisory Services.

‘Regular crop monitoring, a key element in the credit cycle, has been very expensive to date, which is why it has been utilized only rarely. CSDFF makes it affordable and straightforward to implement.’

Quantify biomass development
Plants absorb the red part of sunlight and reflect the near-infra red part. Bare soil and water reflect sunlight differently.

The CSDFF tool uses this phenomenon to quantify biomass development using special vegetation indices.

The most frequently used is the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index-green. The index rates the green biomass with a number between 0 and 1, where low values (less than 0.2) represent water and bare soil, and higher values represent one or more layers of green leaves.

This news item is based on original publications on the websites of Rabobank and Wageningen University.

Read also on this website
University of Twente supports agri network with collection of geodata in three Ethiopian watersheds, 11 December 2017
ESA awards Blue-Value to develop space monitoring service for desert groundwater, 13 November 2017
COP22: African agriculture gains momentum to produce more food with less water, 16 November 2016
Deltares officially opens big data iD-Lab to assess and visualize global water issues, 29 March 2016
Stockholm World Water Week: More crop per drop with satellites measuring water productivity, 26 August 2015
Expertise: Water and agrifood

More information
Wageningen University
Faculty Environmental Research
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 480 700
www.wur.nl

Rabobank Development
Utrecht, the Netherlands
+31 30 216 3670
www.rabobank.com

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Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Wetlands International welcomes new Iraq-Iran cooperation on Mesopotamian marshes https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29782-wetlands-international-welcomes-new-iraq-iran-cooperation-on-mesopotamian-marshes.html dws-wertlands-irak-iran-marshes-770px-1Wetlands International congratulates Iraq, Iran and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the newest milestone for conserving the Mesopotamian Marshes: enhanced cooperation for the marshes as a result of the recent Ramsar Advisory Mission.

On their website Wetlands International says it will support the collaboration on the precious water resources shared by Iraq and Iran.

dws-wetlands-irak-iran-marshes-map-350px  Iraq and Iran share the marshes of Hawizeh Marsh Ramsar site.

Precious water resource
The Mesopotamian Marshes are shared by Iran and Iraq and are the largest wetlands in the Middle East.

Parts overlap with some of the largest oil fields in the world, and therefore, safeguarding these precious water resources needed to sustain and restore these wetlands, requires international cooperation as the catchments of the rivers that feed these marshes cross borders.

Long term conservation
In December the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands organised an advisory mission (RAM) to the marshes to identify ways for future cooperation between Iraq and Iran, and as a first step towards the long term conservation and sustainable development of the marshes, including ways to reduce the incidence of sand and dust storms.

The mission began in Iraq, with a workshop in Basra to introduce the importance of marshes and the issues it faces as seen from the Iraqi and Iranian sides.

This was then followed by visits to the three Ramsar Sites as well as to meet the local communities who have returned to live in the marshes after the draining by the government of Saddam Hussein in the 1990’s and the reflooding that began after 2003.

dws-wetlands-irak-iran-paiting-350px On occasion of the Ramsar advisory mission, children made a painting on  the cooperation to save the shared marshes.

Joint celebration of World Wetlands Day
During a final workshop in the Iranian city of Ahvaz to allow the sharing and discussion on what the participants had seen and heard during the visits, they confirmed areas of future cooperation.

These areas included joint coordinated waterbird surveys in the marshes, to develop opportunities for exchanges of technical and scientific information on the ecology of the marshes, and joint celebration of international events such as World Wetlands Day.

Welcome step
The Dutch-based organisation Wetlands International regards this recent cross-border cooperation initiative between Iraq and Iran as a welcome step. It looks forward to supporting the spirit of this collaboration by working with all stakeholders to conserve and develop the region in a way that benefits both nature and people.

Talk with Shell
In addition to the advisory mission, Wetlands Internationals talked with Shell Iraq Petroleum Development on a responsible management of the marshes.

Shell will withdraw from the Majnoon field in 2018 and hand over oil production to Basra Oil Company.

According to Wetlands International it is critical that the momentum towards responsible production is handed over, and that the discussion about the restoration of the marshes is continued and results in a visible role for the oil industry.

On 2 February World Wetlands Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. This year's theme is 'Wetlands for an sustainable urban future'.

This news item is based on publication on the websites of Wetlands International and Ramsar.

Read also on this website
Drone collected data gives better insight of future development Mara wetlands, Tanzania, 30 January 2018
Call for nominees for Luc Hoffmann leadership award on wetland conservation, 30 November 2017
Habitat III: Mayors, take care of your wetlands!, 20 October 2016

More information
Wetlands International
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 318 660 910
www.wetlands.org

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Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Salt Farm Texel introduces ‘zero water’ vegetables in drought stricken South Africa https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29790-salt-farm-texel-introduces-zero-water-vegetables-in-drought-stricken-south-africa.html dws-saltfarm-dinner-table-730px-1
South African collective Studio H has organised two ‘zero water’ evening dinners in Cape Town serving fruits and vegetables grown in fields irrigated with saline water.

The initiative, known as S/Zout, features food products that emerge from a collaboration between Studio H and Salt Farm Texel, a Netherlands-based enterprise that grows salt-tolerant potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, cabbage and barley.

dws-salt-farm-dinner-salt-350px Two dinners in Cape Town with fruits and vegetables grown on 'zero water'.

Salty ocean water
The disastrous shortage of water in Cape Town has spurred the group of designers to imagine a future in which the salty waters of the ocean that borders the city might serve as source for cultivating food.

The designers of Studio H attended the Dutch Design Week in The Netherlands last year, where they invited visitors to sample ketchups, atchar, pickles and candies made with produce trucked in from Texel, the Netherlands.

Upon returning to Cape Town, they continued to conceive foods created with a minimum of fresh water.

dws-salt-farm-texel-aerial-350px Salt Farm Texel for experimental agriculture to cultivate salt tolerant crops.

Day zero
South Africa suffers from persistent drought and that levels in the fresh water reservoirs have dropped to an all-time low. It is predicted that Cape Town – with 4 million residents and much industry - will run dry in early April. In the media it is speculated that ‘Day zero’ is unavoidable.

Households are only allowed to flush their toilet once a day and farmers are not allowed to irrigate their crops.

Conversations on water crises
‘At the moment, we’re very much focused on water’, said Hannerie Visser, founder of Studio H on the occasion of the two special evening diners.

‘We’re running the pantry on a speculative basis, but it’s a fantastic springboard for us to start a conversation about challenges in the food system and to approach the water crisis from the standpoint of a solution.’

The studio plans to open a pop-up shop that will sell foods from the S/Zout Pantry.

dws-salt-farm-de-vos-350px Researcher and driving force Arjen de Vos of Salt Farm Texel.

Training of farmers
Scientist Arjen de Vos of Salt Farm Texel believes that salt grown vegetables can help South Africa to combat drought. 'If you only count on fresh water, you are likely to run out of water. But that is not the case if you can take brackish water as a resource.'

In the Netherlands there is still enough fresh water to grow vegetables, De Vos continues. 'In other countries, like South Africa, fresh water resources are shrinking rapidly. So we take the knowledge and expertise that we gather here at the Salt Farm Texel regularly abroad.

De Vos: 'We have many projects abroad, where we train local people and help small-scale farmers produce food in salty conditions. We have been to Bangladesh and in Pakistan we have just finished training farmers.’

About Studio H
Studio H is a group of culinary-minded experience designers, specialised in creating multi-sensory experiences. It organises wedding days, as well as farmer's markets to cater for special events.

Since founding Studio H in 2013, Hannerie Visser has firmly positioned herself as South Africa's leading culinary-minded experience designer.

About Salt Farm Texel
Salt Farm Texel is trial location in the Netherlands for experimental agriculture. demonstrating the possibilities to grow salt tolerant crops.

The farm works together with NGO's, breeders and farmers across the world, in evaluating the salt tolerance of conventional crops and halophytes, performing large-scale screening of possible salt tolerant cultivars, and developing saline agricultural practices.

This news item is based on articles published on the websites of Quartz Africa, Studio H and Salt Farm Texel (Dutch only).

Read also on this website
Floating food farm harvests first vegetables from pilot island, 15 September 2017
Justdiggit about to start re-greening desert areas in Mtanana, Tanzania, 14 April 2017
COP22: African agriculture gains momentum to produce more food with less water, 16 November 2016
Arcadis and KWR develop investment decision tool for six fresh groundwater pilots worldwide, 8 January 2016
● Stockholm Water Week: Seven Dutch winners in cutting edge technology challenge on water and food, 3 September 2014
Expertise: Water and agrifood
Country: South Africa

More information
Studio H
Cape Town, South Africa
market@studio-h.co.za
www.studio-h.co.za

Salt Farm Texel
Den Hoorn, the Netherlands
+ 31 6 12 42 66 39
www.ziltproefbedrijf.nl

Introduction video on the Salt Farm Texel demonstration location in the Netherlands.

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Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Drone collected data gives better insight of future development Mara wetlands, Tanzania https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29755-drone-collected-data-gives-better-insight-of-future-development-mara-wetlands-tanzania.html dws-ihe-wetlands-tanzania-aerial-750pxjpg-1Researcher Francesco Bregoli at IHE Delft has been on a three week mission to the Mara wetland, Tanzania, to gather data on the evolution of the wetland under different scenarios of climate, water use and land use changes along the whole Mara river basin. To collect the data Bregoli used a drone. The data will be used to model the evolution of the wetland and improve the management of the river and wetland.

Bregoli reported on his most recent trip to the wetlands in a blog on the website for earth and space scientists, hosted by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

River management
In his blog Bregoli explains that when the natural equilibrium of a wetland’s ecosystem is broken by changes in water, sedimentation or nutrients feeding, the habitat morphology is altered and the ecosystem health is likely jeopardized.

Previous studies reported an increment of sediment supply to the wetland due to increasing deforestation, farming and grazing activities along the basin.

As new river structures are planned, the IHE Delft researcher expects that river management will become an important challenge for the area.

Where the Mara River leaves the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, a meandering reach expands to form a delta and a wide wetland before flowing into Lake Victoria.

Prevent further deterioration
The wilderness of Serengeti dissolves into rural areas that envelope the swamps, but still the riverine system provides unique water resources and essential ecosystem services that should be preserved, according to Bregoli.

The measurements by Bregoli will support an analysis of the water and sediment balance within the area of the Lower Mara floodplain.

Furthermore the model will serve as a tool to improve the water resources and land use management in order to prevent the deterioration of the Mara wetland habitat and ecosystem.

High resolution
During the mission Bregoli deployed UAV flights to observe areas otherwise unattainable from the ground and to represent the wetland morphology features at high resolution.

For the measurement of water discharges he used an ADCP in several key channels of the network, cruised the wetland to map the bed topography with a sonar and gathered suspended sediments samples.

Bregoli also reports on the talks he had with people of the local communities and he noticed a number of ongoing human activities that might modify the environment and particularly the river network, such as the burning of riparian vegetation to create new croplands and to provide fisherman access to the river, livestock paths and wades as well as banks opening for land irrigation.

These are among the reasons of natural levees destruction and therefore river bifurcation or deviation.

Read Bregoli's original blog on the AGU-website.

On 2 February World Wetlands Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for humanity and the planet. This year's theme is 'Wetlands for an sustainable urban future'.

Read also on this website
IGRAC and IHE Delft organise groundwater governance training in Benin, 4 December 2017
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: IHE Delft to assess water management needs in Iraq, 30 August 2017
A4Lab deploys drones to explore water potential of dry river beds in Mozambique, 21 May 2017
Expertise: Enabling delta life
Country: Tanzania

More information
IHE Delft
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 215 23 21
www.un-ihe.org

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Vitens-Evides International to expand water connections in four Philippine cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29732-vitens-evides-international-to-expand-water-connections-in-four-philippine-cities.html dws-vei-waterworx-cebu-tap-770px-1Vitens Evides International (VEI), a joint venture of Dutch water utilities, launched its Performance Enhancement Water Utilities Philippines (PEWUP) project by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with four water districts on 24 January.

Benefiting from the project’s first phase will be the water districts of Bogo City, Toledo City and Carcar City in Cebu, and Bayawan City in Negros Oriental. Thousands of residents from these four cities will soon get access to clean and potable water.

The four-year phase 1 of the project includes a 9 million Philippine piso grant to each of the four water districts that will contribute additionally 1.2 million piso per year.

dws-vei-waterworx-cebu-project-officers-350px  Joining hands after the MoU signing, from left to right: Edward Remo (Carcar City), Marco Schouten (VEI), Houdini Jumao-as (Bogo City), Carl Kamstra (VEI), Alma Abrasaldo (Bayawan City), Patrick Egan (VEI), Raul Abellana (Toledo City) and Folkert de Jager (VEI). Photo CDN/Lito Tecson

New water connections
According to Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD) president Alma Abrasaldo, each of the beneficiary water districts have submitted their project proposals which include the opening of new water connections in their respective areas.

In the hinterland of Bayawan City some 3,000 households will be connected. “These households cannot afford to have new water connections’, said Alma Abrasaldo, general manager of the Bayawan Water District (BWD).

Abrasaldo: “So it’s better if we use the grant for them. We expect this to help reduce mortality cases of people dying due to water-borne diseases,”

Under their agreement, BWD will be reimbursed quarterly by VEI, depending on the number of connections the district has been able to complete in the period.

Better performance
Aside from the new connections, the PEWUP will also include improving the operational and financial performance of the four water districts through exchange of expertise, collective learning, and close collaboration with the PAWD and the Local Water Utilities Administration.

The project’s phase 2, which is scheduled to start on 2022, will include the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

This news item was originally publiushed on the website of Cebu daily news.

Read also on this website
The Netherlands and the Philippines join forces on development Manila Bay, Philippines, 25 January 2018
Crowdfunding halfway for first floating homes in Hagonoy, Philippines, 22 September 2017
VEI concludes management project resulting in 50 percent more revenue for water utilities in Oromia, Ethiopia, 15 August 2016
Country: The Philippines
Expertise: Water for all

More information
Vitens Evides International/WaterWorx
Zwolle, the Netherlands
+31 88 884 7991
www.vitensevidesinternational.com

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Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
World Economic Forum Davos: ‘SDG 6 is key part of growth strategy for smart businesses’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29703-world-economic-forum-davos-sdg-6-is-key-part-of-growth-strategy-for-smart-businesses.html dws-unilever-dfif-ash-logo-wef-770px‘Smart businesses will recognise that Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water needs to be a key part of their growth strategy’, commented Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever in support of the activities of the Toilet Board Coalition at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

At the Global Forum the Toilet Board Coalition highlighted the ‘Sanitation Economy’ and its immense business opportunities of providing universal access to safe sanitation.

On the occasion, Unilever announced to quadruple its contribution to the Transform programme to 40 million UK pounds in support of social enterprises.

dws-unilever-dfif-wash-davos-polman-350px CEO Paul Polman at Unilever underpined the business opportunities of sanitation.

Helping low-income consumers
The Transform programme is founded by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Unilever in 2015 to support market-based solutions that meet low-income household needs in developing countries.

Through financial and business support for social enterprises and behaviour-change interventions, the programme’s aim is to enable 100 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to gain access to products and services that have been shown to improve health, livelihoods, the environment or wellbeing by 2025.

To date, it has supported 19 projects across nine countries, including a mobile platform for shopkeepers in Kenya that encourages them to become change agents in their communities, and a portable handwashing station for low-income households in Bangladesh.

Huge economic potential
At the World Economic Forum the Toilet Board Coalition draw the support of several CEO’s to join its agenda on ‘sanitation economy’ that, according to the coalition, has an estimated 62 billion US dollar opportunity by 2021 in India alone.

Sanitation has many business opportunities such as innovative toilet design, recovery of biological resources (biogas and fertilizer), and smart digital technologies driving preventative healthcare.

dws-unilever-dfid-wash-davos-children-350px Clean water, clean toilets and soap are important elements of preventive health care. 

Three sub-economies
According to the Toilet Board Coalition the ‘sanitation economy’ has three distinct elements:
● The Toilet Economy — innovation within toilet products and services that ensures toilets are designed fit for purpose for all environments and incomes
● The Circular Sanitation Economy — toilet resources (commonly known as human waste) feed into a circular economy system which replaces traditional waste management
● The Smart Sanitation Economy — digitised sanitation systems that optimise data for operating efficiencies, maintenance, plus consumer use and health information insights

On 25 January in Davos, the Toilet Board Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with respected global leaders, including CEO’s of Unilever, LIXIL Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, TATA Trusts and Firmenich, to discuss an Action Agenda for the Sanitation Economy.

This news item is based on originally publications on the websites of UnileverThe Toilet Board Coalition and Transform.

Read also on this website
Philips, Arcadis, Rabobank and DSM join WBCSD Factor10 initiative on circular economy in Davos, 23 January 2018
AIWW 2017: Sarphati Sanitation Award winners urge financers to boost sanitation services, 6 November 2017
Safi Sana installs new digester to expand its waste conversion capacity in Accra, Ghana, 7 February 2017
Expertise: Water for all

More information
Unilever
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 10 217 40 00
www.unilever.com

Toilet Board Coalition
www.toiletboard.org

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Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
The Netherlands and the Philippines join forces on development Manila Bay, Philippines https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29685-the-netherlands-and-the-philippines-join-forces-on-development-manila-bay-philippines.html dws-deltares-manila-bay-770px-1The Philippines and the Netherlands will jointly develop a master plan to clean up Manila Bay and improve the living conditions in Metro Manila and its coastal zone.

The bay area will also be made more resilient to the effects of climate change.

Research institute Deltares takes the lead in the development of this plan.

The Dutch ambassador to the Philippines, Marion Derckx, and secretary Ernesto Pernia for socio-economic planning in the Philippines, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Ortigas, Pasig City, on 22 January.

dws-deltares-manilla-derckx-pernia-350px Dutch ambassador Marion Derckx (left) and Philippine secretary Ernesto Pernia at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding

Experience with planning studies
The Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan project (MBSDMP) will cost approximately 5 million euros, 1 million of which paid by the Netherlands.

The experience gained by the Netherlands in similar master plan projects in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia will contribute to the planning study in the Philippines.

 

 

dws-deltares-manilla-wetlands-350px The bay still has some wetlands left that will play an important role in the redevelopment plan and improvement of the water quality

Framework for redevelopment
Regional manager Tjitte Nauta of Deltares and project director for MBSDMP master plan: ‘This plan contains the frameworks for management and development of the bay: what is possible, what isn’t and what has to be done where? The plan targets economic, ecological and social goals for more than 25 million local inhabitants’.

The preliminary activities for the master planning exercise began in 2015 when the Philippine government requested the government of the Netherlands to dispatch a group of Dutch Disaster Risk Reduction experts to Manila.

Initial risk assessment
The Dutch experts conducted a scoping mission, identifying and assessing the situation in the Manila Bay area, and recommended measures for its sustainable development.

After the mission, the Dutch experts confirmed the urgent need for a framework for the development and management of the Bay area.

These findings prompted the Philippine government to allocate 250 million Philippine piso of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for the formulation of the master plan.

dws-deltares-manilla-coast-plastic-soup-350px Pollution of the beaches with plastic litter is a big enviromental issue in the Manila bay area

Working with nature, not against
‘We are fortunate to have the Dutch with us in this endeavor. Their extensive knowledge and experience in implementing programs and projects that protect vulnerable coastal zones are unparalleled,’ Philippine secretary Pernia said in his keynote speech.

‘They have developed integrated and innovative solutions to coastal management that mimic natural processes, instead of working against natural processes’, he said, referring to the infrastructure solutions in the Netherlands that not only protected its coastal areas but also boosted the economy and food supply.

‘This is a testament that economic development and ecological objectives could go hand in hand’, Pernia said.

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

Read also on this website
Flood prevention marks MoU Human Cities Coalition with Malabon city, Manilla, the Philippines, 4 July 2017
Deltas 2014: Concept of floating cities grabs imagination at international congress on river deltas, 26 September 2014
Rebel Group explores possibilities for Manilla to develop additional water reservoir under public-private partnership, 17 December 2012
Expertise: Resilient cities
● Countries: Philippines

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

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Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Philips, Arcadis, Rabobank and DSM join WBCSD Factor10 initiative on circular economy in Davos https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29643-philips-arcadis-rabobank-and-dsm-join-wbcsd-factor10-initiative-on-circular-economy-in-davos.html dws-davos-general-logo-770pxFour Dutch companies are part of a group of 30 worldwide leading companies that join the Factor10 initiative to implement the circular economy, launched by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Dutch companies involved, are industrial firms Philips and DSM, consultancy firm Arcadis and financial service provider Rabobank.

The Factor10 initiative aims to move to a system where waste is eliminated.

dws-wbcsd-factor-10-poster-350px  #Factor10 initiated to mainstream the circular economy.

Regenerative by design
Factor10 and the circular economy aim to reinvent the way that business produces, uses and disposes of the materials that make up global trade by moving away from the traditional “take-make-dispose” economic model to one that is regenerative by design.

Collectively responsible for 1.3 trillion US dollar in annual revenues, the WBCSD considers the companies in Factor10 to represent a powerful business effort scale up momentum for circular economy solutions.

Achieving SDG
According to Accenture, the circular economy represents a USD $4.5 trillion opportunity and will be critical for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Factor10 wants to capture these economic and sustainability benefits by implementing scalable solutions - where resources are used wisely, processes create the greatest possible value and nothing is wasted.

dws-wbcsd-factor-10-houten2-350px Present in Davos was CEO Frans van Houten (middle) at Philips, one of the involved companies, advocated to tear down the silos in healthcare.

‘We're moving beyond a niche approach,’ said Andrea Brown, Director of Circular Economy at WBCSD. ‘Through Factor10, we can move circular economy beyond the group of early adopters, into the early majority of global supply chains - opening new ways for companies to collaborate on scalable business models to gain competitive advantage.’

Three focus areas
Companies are getting started right away. This year, the initiative will focus on three priority areas:
• Developing transformative cross-value chain solutions that unlock circular opportunities for business
• Generating circular economy knowledge to help business understand the landscape, best practices and leading examples
• Amplifying the business voice globally.

To date, companies involved include: Accenture, Arcadis, ArcelorMittal, BASF, BCG, BMW Group, CRH, Dow, DSM, Enel, ExxonMobil, EY, Honda, IFF, KPMG, Michelin, Navigant, Novartis, Philips, PWC, Rabobank, Renault, SABIC, Saint-Gobain, Solvay, Stora Enso, Veolia, Yara, Yokogawa.

Last year WBCSD released the publication 8 Business Cases to the Circular Economy - helping business accelerate growth, enhance competitiveness and mitigate risk,

This news item was originally published on the website of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Read also on this website
ReCirc Singapore aims at joint development of resource recovery technology for circular economy, 19 December 2017
AIWW 2017: Game-changing WWTP-technology CoRe Water launched at Aquatech, 2 November 2017
AIWW 2017: Cellvation wins Aquatech Innovation Award for recovery of toilet paper, 1 November 2017

More information
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 839 3100
www.wbcsd.org

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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Sponge city: De Urbanisten and Deltares develop adaptation approach for Mexico City https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29613-sponge-city-de-urbanisten-and-deltares-develop-adaptation-approach-for-mexico-city.html dws-deltares-mexico-strategy-document-770pxLandscape design firm De Urbanisten and research institute Deltares have developed a strategic approach for a water-sensitive Mexico City. The approach addresses the city’s vulnerability for both the cyclical flooding, as well as its water shortages.

The primary focus is on making Mexico City more water-sensitive using the water treatment sequence: ‘delay – retain – store – reuse / only drain when necessary’.

dws-deltares-mexico-run-off-350px  Run off from the moutains regularly floods the valley of the city.

Most pressing vulnerabilities
The Public Space Authority of Mexico City has recognised cyclical flooding and water shortages as some of the most pressing urban vulnerabilities in Mexico City.

The authority believes that the most appropriate response is to combine improvements in public space with water management strategies, and also to create socially sustainable locations in the public urban realm.

The goal is therefore to identify concrete solutions in a more holistic approach that integrates the design of public space and water management in a more comprehensive strategy.

dws-deltares-mexico-scheme-floods2-350px Too much: storm water floods the city and the drainage is designed to get rid of the water quickly. dws-deltares-mexico-scheme-subsidance-350px Too little: over extraction of drinking water in the summer causes the city to subside - making it more flood prone - and the groundwater level to drop - making it harder to get drinking water.

Problems magnify each other
The strength of the water-sensitive approach for Mexico City is its integral nature. Technical professional knowledge is combined with a design approach to the complex challenges faced by the city.

In the summer, there are severe droughts, heat stress and drinking-water shortages, accompanied by groundwater extraction, salination and severe subsidence.

In the winter, there is flooding caused by storm water, which is transported out of the city through very large underground infrastructures.

Against a background of uncontrolled urbanisation and the large-scale paving of land surfaces, these problems all magnify each other. The task faced by the city is to break the downward spiral and develop concrete ways to tackle the challenges.

Raise the sponge capacity
De Urbanisten and Deltares developed a strategic approach that tackles these complex issues but is also concrete, feasible and applicable on a relatively small scale, making implementation possible in the short term.

The goals are to raise the sponge capacity of the city by recharging its aquifer and in that way to prevent further subsidence. Water will be held locally for greening, resulting in cooling through evapotranspiration.

dws-deltares-mexico-scheme-strategy-350px Up hill storage, down hill retention, water reuse and more drainage inside the city, are all part of the solution to make Mexico city more water sensitive.

Catalogue of options
Six different urbanised zones have been identified that require different strategies. All six strategies are available with a catalogue of water-sensitive options that can be used in the public space.

The implementation details have been elaborated in an exemplary set of typologies for the two areas in the city that require action most urgently.

The adaptation approach for a Water-Sensitive Mexico City, including using the Climate App and the Adaptation Support Tool (AST), has been very well received and it is seen as a potential worldwide Proof of Concept for Climate Adaptation.

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

Read also on this website
Deltares and NUS to develop centre on urban resilience in Singapore, 28 November 2016
UAM university and Deltares to study resilient water infrastructure for Xochimilco, Mexico City, 17 October 2016
De Urbanisten realises second iconic water square in Tiel, the Netherlands, 19 July 2016
Netherlands and Mexico sign MoU on flood risk management, 17 April 2014
Country: Mexico
Expertise: Reslient cities

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

De Urbanisten, Urban design and landscape architecture
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 6 50201080
www.urbanisten.nl
and
www.urbanisten.nl/portfolio-towards-a-water-sensitive-mexico-city

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
University of Twente presents special research chair on disaster risk reduction https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29605-university-of-twente-presents-special-research-chair-on-disaster-risk-reduction.html dws-ut-leerstoel-drr-margriet2-750px
The Red Cross and the University of Twente have presented the Princess Margriet research chair on Spatial Resilience for Disaster Risk Reduction. The chair is named after Dutch princess Margriet and will be established within the ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation.

The appointment procedure for installing a new professor will be announced shortly.

dws-ut-chair-drr-margriet-sendai-350px Representing the Red Cross, princess Margriet (middle) attended the UN world conference on disaster risk reduction in Sendai in 2015.

Building resilient communities
The purpose of the research chair is to strengthen the knowledge base on natural disasters and climate change for disaster management, as well as to enhance the impact of humanitarian aid in the area of disaster management.

Research findings will be applicable in the daily practice of the Red Cross activities, which are increasingly aiming at building resilience in communities against natural disasters.

Five current chairs
The research chair will be established within the ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation of the University Twente, and is in line with five current research chairs at the university in the domain of natural disasters, risk management and risk reduction.

ITC has its mission in capacity development, with an overlap in the focusing countries with the work of the Red Cross.

The Red Cross will benefit from the research outcomes and apply it directly in its humanitarian work.

At the same time, the research chair will benefit from knowledge from the Red Cross practice, for example on how people can prepare for extreme weather conditions, and on innovative methods to collect local data on disaster vulnerabilities.

dws-ut-leerstoel-drr-margriet3-350px The research chair on disaster risk reduction has been installed in honor of the 75th birthday of princess Margriet.

330 billion dollar damage
Annually, many natural disasters take place, leading to an estimated 330 billion dollar worth of damage, according to reinsurance company MunichRe.

The most vulnerable communities are often affected most. As a result of climate change and population growth, the impact of natural disasters will be more severe and will occur more often in the near future.

The Red Cross is committed to prepare people better for the occurrence of natural disasters, to diminish their impact.

Vice chairwomen
Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet started as a Red Cross helper first class (nurse) in 1966 and has been vice chairwoman for the board of the Dutch Red Cross for twenty years, until January 2011.

As a recognition of her tireless efforts, the Red Cross has set up a personal fund, the Red Cross Princess Margriet Fund, which focuses specifically on prevention of disasters.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Red Cross the Netherlands (in Dutch only) and the University of Twente.

Read also on this website
COP23: Launch of GCECA centre to speed up worldwide climate adaptation, 15 November 2017
WCDRR 2015: Highlights of Dutch contributions on flood risk reduction, 23 March 2015
WCDRR 2015: Royal Dutch field visit to tsunami hit elementary school, 17 March 2015
Expertise: Resilient cities
Expertise: Enabling delta life
Dutch disaster risk reduction

More information
University Twente
ITC Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Enschede, the Netherlands
+31 53 487 4444
www.itc.nl

Red Cross the Netherlands
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 44 55 678
www.rodekruis.nl

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Big steps forward on coastal restoration by Building with Nature consortium in Demak, Indonesia https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29587-big-steps-forward-on-coastal-restoration-by-building-with-nature-consortium-in-demak-indonesia.html dws-bwn-demak-woman-child-770px-1Last year the Dutch-Indonesian consortium working on the Building with Nature project made big steps forward. A major achievement for the consortium that is responsible for the restoration of the coastline of Northern Java, was the signing of ten bio-rights contracts with local communities. These communities, representing 300 villagers in Demak, are now converting some of their pounds into mangroves to put an halt to the erosion.

On the website the consortium reviewed their major achievements in 2017.

dws-bwn-demak-bedono-aerial-350px  Aerial view of Bedono village with two of the permeable dams (left) that catch sediment.

Bamboo sediment traps
In 2017 the consortium placed a 1.7 kilometres of semi-permeable bamboo barrier, on top of the 3.5 kilometres that were built and maintained in 2015 and 2016.

The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has in total placed 11 kilometres of structures to trap sediment in 12 districts of Northern Java.

A ship worm is affecting the structures and limits the lifetime to two years. To keep the shipworms out, PVC poles have been placed, filled with concrete on the front row and bamboo covered with wrapping at the back row.

dws-bwn-demak-sediment-trap-pvc-350px Bamboo sediment traps protected against ship worm with PVC in Bedono.

Monthly meetings
The consortium organised monthly meetings in the field to discuss matters and solve them early.

These meetings also help to raise understanding among villagers how the semi-permeable barriers help to restore their mangrove belt, protecting their village, and how this intervention also leads to the return of oysters and green mussels (kerang hijau) which supports them economically.

Shrimp yield tripled
Community groups that gave up part of their ponds to make space for a mangrove belt, have been assisted by Coastal Field Schools (CFS) to develop new socio-economic activities.

The first monitoring results show that these trainings helped the farmers to triple their shrimp yield and double their income.

dws-bwn-demak-coastal-field-school-350px  Coastal Field School to train the villagers in critical thinking skills to develop aquaculture practices.

Mixed mangrove-aquaculture system
The introduction of the innovative mixed mangrove-aquaculture system is very exciting. This system is different from the traditional silvofisheries system where mangroves are planted on pond bunds or inside ponds and as such are not connected to open water.

In the mixed mangrove-aquaculture system mangroves and aquaculture ponds are separated. Due to this separation, the aquaculture productivity is optimal, while the surrounding mangroves reduce the spread of disease agents, purify water and maintain their coastal safety and fisheries enhancement functions.

More severe land subsidence
Last year the consortium observed that the problems with land subsidence are much more severe than previously thought.

Ultimately, sedimentation rates may not keep up with such high levels of subsidence, and in some places a threshold shall be reached soon where coastal restoration and aquaculture revitalisation may no longer be feasible.

Roll out of Building with Nature concept
The consortium created a secretariat in Indonesia, facilitated by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, to disseminate the Building with Nature concept across Indonesia, by providing practical design guidelines, training and policy recommendations.

A help desk facility can provide on-the-job guidance on all aspects of the project life cycle of existing and future BwN projects.

A high-level network of champions will be created to facilitate outreach in media, policy fora, and working groups for wider uptake of BwN in Indonesia.

This news item is based on a blog on the website of Building with Nature Indonesia.

Read also on this website
Dutch-Indonesian support for Javanese communities to restore their coast line, 20 October 2017
Wetlands International reports first sediment build-up behind permeable coastal dam on Java, Indonesia, 3 March 2016
Project: Mangrove restoration Java - Building with nature
Country: Indonesia

More information
Wetlands Indonesia
Bogor, Indonesia
+62 251 8312189
www.indonesia.wetlands.org
and
www.indonesia.buildingwithnature.nl

Building with Nature - Ecoshape
Dordrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 611 1099
www.ecoshape.org/en

Building with Nature: restoring mangrove coast with semipermeable dams (English subtitles)

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Two Dutch winners of innovation competition at International Water Summit, Abu Dhabi https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29569-two-dutch-winners-of-innovation-competition-at-international-water-summit-abu-dhabi.html dws-iws-innovation-winners-770pxHydraloop and Witteveen+Bos are two of three winners of the Innovate@IWS competition on breakthrough innovations to tackle sustainable water use by municipalities, industries and public users. The competition was part of a special exhibition on Smart water technology at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Hydraloop won the prize in the category Real Estate & Public use for its innovative in-house water recycling system. Witteveen+Bos won in the category Industry with its compact One-Step filter to treat waste water.

The winners, including Cor Merks (Witteveen + Bos, fifth from right on top photo) and Sabine Stuiver (Hydraloop, fourth from right) received the awards on 17 January. 

dws-iws-innovation-expo-770px  Live presentations in the Smart Water Theatre.

Smart water expo
The competition was co-organized by innovation consultancy Isle Utilties as part of the Smart Water Expo to promote promising water technologies.

Finalists had the opportunity to pitch their technologies at the expo in a Dragon’s Den style to a jury from across the Mena region.

The jury selected three winners, one for each category. The awards were handed out on the final day of this dedicated Smart water exhibition.

Three winners
The winners of Innovate@IWS competition were:
● category Municipal: Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands
The 1-STEP® filter is a modular and compact fixed bed activated carbon filter operated at a relatively high rate downward flow combining four treatment processes into one additional single treatment unit.
● category Industrial: Emagin, Canada
Harvi is an operational intelligence platform for water and wastewater facilities, to support real-time decision making when controlling critical assets.
● category Real Estate & Public Use: Hydraloop, the Netherlands
Hydraloop is an innovative in-house water recycling system which collects bathroom and washing machine water and cleans and disinfects it, herewith saving water by recycling 85% of total in-house domestic water used.

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
International Water Summit/Smart water expo
www.internationalwatersummit.com/innovate-at-iws

Witteveen+Bos
Deventer, the Netherlands
+31 570 69 79 11
www.witteveenbos.com

Hydraloop
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 (0)88 100 3500
www.hydraloop.com

Water Alliance
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.wateralliance.nl

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Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Hatenboer-Water to deliver Oceanus RO water makers for Seafox 7 offshore platform https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29545-hatenboer-water-to-deliver-oceanus-ro-water-makers-for-seafox-7-offshore-platform.html dws-hatenboer-seafox7-platform-750px-1
Operator of offshore jack-up platforms, Seafox, has placed an order with Hatenboer-Water for two Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems. Hatenboer’s standard RO water makers will desalinate seawater into potable water on their Seafox 7 platform, which is used for accommodation, construction, maintenance and well services.

Seafox 7 is a four-legged, self-elevating jack-up platform (on top photo). It is specifically designed to withstand harsh offshore conditions and operates in water depths of up to 40 meters. 113 Persons can permanently be accommodated on board.

dws-hatenboer-seafox-water-maker-350pxjpg   Standard RO Oceanus units can produce upto 30 m3 fresh water per day.

Proven quality
The robust standard RO’s, named Oceanus, can produce up to 30 cubic meters of fresh drinking water per day.

Seafox representative Ewald Hoogendijck ‘We have selected these particular units from Dutch water specialist Hatenboer-Water because of their proven quality, reliability and fast delivery times.'

Apart from Oceanus, the standard Hatenboer-Water series include Tethys and Proteus water makers, covering a range of 3 to 100 cubic meters of potable water per day.

Plug and play unites
Each of these sturdy and complete plug and play units comes equipped with many features, compliant with the guidelines of the World Health Organisation.

With their own engineering and production facilities, Hatenboer-Water incorporates over a century of maritime knowledge and expertise into each design.

About Hatenboer-Water
Hatenboer-Water has a long history in the field of water. For over one hundred years, the privately owned organisation is an internationally renowned full service partner in the water treatment market.

Hatenboer-Water designs, constructs and supplies fresh water modules, comprising all relevant components.

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

Read also on this website
DWP and Hatenboer airlift three mobile desalination units to hurricane-hit Saint Martin, 18 September 2017
Hatenboer-Water delivers water supply system for transformer platform North Sea windfarm, 2 June 2017
Hatenboer-Water installs RO desalination plant aboard FPSO Pioneiro de Libra, 13 April 2017
Expertise: Water technology

More information
Hatenboer-Water
Schiedam, the Netherlands
+31 10 409 12 00
www.hatenboer-water.com

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Winners of Resilient by Design allocated to project sites around San Francisco Bay, USA https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29522-winners-of-resilient-by-design-allocated-to-project-sites-around-san-francisco-bay-usa.html  

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The ten winning design teams of the Resilient by Design challenge have been allocated to specific sites to start a pilot project with their unconventional solutions to make the San Francisco bay more resilient against the impacts of climate change and regional inequality before a disaster strikes.

Three of these winning teams involve Dutch partners, including One Architecture, Arcadis, Deltares, MVRDV and Goudappel Coffeng.

Integrate community needs
During this new phase in the challenge, the design teams will come together with local residents, public officials, engineers and other experts to further develop their design for the specific site.

At each site selected, the teams' innovative ideas are to be driven by needs of the local communities and are to hone in on addressing ongoing climate issues facing the Bay Area, like sea level rise, severe flooding, and seismic risks, alongside other, sometimes more pressing challenges, including lack of housing, displacement, gentrification, limited access to public land and outdated transportation.

Social ecosystem
Design team Big+One+Sherwood, that includes the Dutch based firm One Architecture, has been allocated to the bay of Islais Creek. The team will, together with local communicates, develop a location specific design of their idea of a social ecosystem that links long-term resilience, affordability, decent jobs, and livability.

The design aims to restore Islais Creek to its natural functioning, acting as the interface and a link between the bay and the tributary system.

Connected water collation points
Design team Hassell+, that includes Dutch-based firms MVRDV and Goudappel and Dutch-based research institute Deltares, will develop a location specific design based on their idea to create ‘collection points’ for water, transport and creation that are connected by corridors.

Together with the communities, the team will design water retention facilities in the uphill parts of the area. These facilities will be connected with newly designed downhill water collection points near the waterfront.

Mud management
Design team Public Sediment, including Dutch-based consultancy firm Arcadis, has been allocated to the Alameda creek and will redesign the creeks flow to enhance sedimentation, create new access for fish, and expand public access between upland and lowland communities.

By connecting the uplands and lowlands more mud is expected to move downstream and replenish the South Bay marshes and mudflats that buffer the impacts of sea level rise.

About Resilient by Design
Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is a collaborative research and design initiative that brings together local, national, and international design experts with community members and local leaders.

The challenge will develop innovative solutions to address the effects of sea level rise, severe storms, flooding, and earthquakes in communities around the San Francisco Bay. This initiative is based on Rebuild by Design, the award-winning model of a bold public-private collaboration that brought innovative design solutions to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the New York region.

Read also on this website
Three Dutch inclusive design teams win San Francisco Bay challenge on flood risk reduction, 12 September 2017
Towards adaptive circular cities with cross sectorial investments combining several goals, 8 June 2016
Flavour of Dutch dialogues gets into 1 billion dollar US disaster resilience plans, 27 January 2016

More information
One Architecture
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 470 0040
www.onearchitecture.nl

MVRDV
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 10 477 2860
www.mvrdv.nl

Goudappel Coffeng
Deventer, the Netherlands
+ 31 570 666 222
www.goudappel.nl

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

Arcadis US
Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
+1 866 287 7373
www.arcadis.com/en/united-states

Team Big - One –Sherwoord site: new green bay area for Islais creek

Team Hassell+: Connecting water collection points along Colma creek

Team Public sediment: mud management on Almeda creek

General introduction on the overall Resilient by design challenge

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Again high Dutch score on Top 25 Global Water Leaders https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29501-again-high-dutch-score-on-top-25-global-water-leaders.html dws-wwi-top25-2018-molenkamp-holterman-clement2-770pxThree Dutch entries ended up on this year’s Top 25 Global Water Leaders published by the trade magazine Water & Wastewater International: Hein Molenkamp of Water Alliance, Menno Holterman of Nijhuis Industries and Jonathan Clement of PWNT.

This year on the first place is Spanish CEO Carlos Cosin of Almar Water Solutions.

Popular barometer
Now in it’s fourth year, the WWi Top 25 Global Water Leaders initiative continues to grow in popularity as a barometer of the industry’s thought leaders.

Water & Wastewater International published its Top 25 Global Water Leaders on 10 January. According to the magazine it lists the best of the best, global thought leaders in the water and waste water industries.

This year the focus is on active leaders whom are driving companies forward into the digital water age with a focus on innovation.

Three Dutch entries
All three Dutch entries are new comers on the list. Last year’s list had two Dutchman in the Top 3: René Noppeney of Royal HaskoningDHV on the first place and Mark van Loosdrecht of TU Delft on the third place. Both did not make this year’s list.

See below the winner and the three Dutch entries and their descriptions as given by Water & Wastewater International.

1. Carlos Cosin, CEO, Almar Water Solutions, Spain

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A known figure in the international desalination community, Carlos Cosín has re-emerged with vigour from Abengoa Water to lead Almar Water Solutions.

After working at Abengoa Water for over 10 years, finishing as chairman and CEO, Carlos Cosín has launched Almar Water Solutions to tap into the renewable powered desalination market.

12. Hein Molenkamp, managing director, Water Allaince, the Netherlands

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Hein Molenkamp has helped to position the Water Alliance, based at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, as one of the leading global water clusters, bringing together public and private companies, government agencies and knowledge institutes to help new businesses develop into the international water market.

In 2017 Molenkamp was instrumental behind a partnership with the French water cluster, Pole Eau from Montpellier, to explore collaboration between the Dutch and French water markets. He also helped to sign cooperation’s with water clusters in Daegu, South Korea, the Water Council in Milwaukee and others in the US and Canada.

14. Menno Holterman, CEO, Nijhuis Industries, the Netherlands

dws-wwi-top25-2018-holterman-freyberg300x200 Menno Holterman (left)

This year Holterman led Nuijhuis Industries to win the biggest project in its history to deliver a turnkey wastewater treatment plant for the South Port Said Industrial Zone in Egypt. Before Nijhuis, Holterman was CEO of Norit Clean Process Technologies, leading the company to be acquired by Pentair in 2011.

Before working at Heineken between 1995-1998, he obtained a Masters degree in naval architecture & marine technology at the Delft University of Technology. He is also one of the initiators of the Amsterdam International Water Week.

21. Jonathan Clement, CEO, PWNT, the Netherlands

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Jonathan Clement has helped position PWNT as a driver of ceramic membrane filtration for municipal applications. This includes the opening of the Andijk III plant in the Netherlands, and securing the 180,000 m3/day water treatment plant for PUB at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks (CCKWW) in Singapore.

Upon completion in 2018, the plant at CCKWW will be one of the largest ceramic membrane plants for drinking water treatment in the world. He is also securing the £60 million Mayflower water treatment works for English utility South West Water (operational in 2018) after a trial and pilot studies in Singapore, the United States, Sweden, Australia and Scotland.

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

Read more on this website
Dutch consultant René Noppeney wins Top 25 Global water leaders, 20 January 2017
Professor Mark van Loosdrecht No. 2 in top 25 leaders international water industry, 29 January 2016

More information
Water & Wastewater International
www.waterworld.com

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

Water Alliance
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 284 90 44
www.wateralliance.nl

PWN Technologies
Velserbroek, the Netherlands
+31 23 541 3740
www.pwntechnologies.com

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Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Damen InvaSave ballast water treatment available in eight European ports https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29479-damen-invasave-ballast-water-treatment-available-in-eight-european-ports.html dws-damen-eu-ports-invasave-port2-770px
In eight Northern European ports ship owners are able to treat their unmanaged ballast water or load cleaned ballast water, using Damen’s IMO certified InvaSave ballast water management system.

In a cooperation between Damen Green Solutions and Damen Shiprepair & Conversion (DSC), this ballast water reception/bunkering service will be available in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Brest, Dunkerque, Vlissingen, Den Helder, Stellendam and Harlingen.

The discharge of ballast water is forbidden as on 8 September last year the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention came into force. The convention aims to halt the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss.

Ship owners can install on board treatment plants but for ships without such a plant, ports can offer a reception service.

dws-damen-eu-ports-invasave-hamburg-350px InvaSave on trials in port of Hamburg. On top photo the first InvaSave system in Groningen Port, the Netherlands.

Port-based service
Damen’s InvaSave is the world’s first external ballast water treatment unit designed primarily to offer such a port-based ballast water service.

With this cooperation, vessels coming into these eight ports will be able to take advantage of a one-stop-shop for their ballast water treatment requirements.

No more delays
‘Our goal is to build up a reliable worldwide ballast water service network,” says Philip Rabe from Damen Green Solutions.

‘Since the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention was enforced on the 8th of September this year, some ship owners are already facing delays in ports due to unmanaged ballast water’, Rabe adds. ‘For example, unmanned barges do not have the capabilities to perform mandatory ballast water exchanges'. 

dws-damen-eu-ports-invasave-uv-reactor-350px Hearth of the InvaSave treatment technology is the ultraviolet-reactor to eradicate invasive organisms.

No need for exchange of ballast water
Rabe continues: ‘With our ballast water bunkering service we can both accept used ballast water for disposal, as well as fill up ballast water tanks with certified clean water at the port of departure. As a result, this eliminates the need for ballast water exchange.’

Damen Green Solutions is in talks with several other ports and harbour service providers around the world to offer the InvaSave service.

The InvaSave meets the D2 treatment standard of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

This news item was originally published on the web site of Damen Shipyards.

Read also on this website
Groningen Seaports commissions port-based InvaSave system to treat ballast water, 5 May 2017
Tests of Damen's ballast water port solution successfully completed, 11 August 2016
Expertise: Water technology

More information
Damen Green Solutions
Gorinchem, the Netherlands
+31 183 63 21 89
www.damengreen.com

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Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
Amsterdam hospital AMC purifies and re-uses wastewater with Pharmafilter https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29448-amsterdam-hospital-amc-purifies-and-re-uses-wastewater-with-pharmafilter.html dws-pharmafilter-amc-delft-770px-1The Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, announced the order for a Pharmafilter waste water treatment plant.

The plant enables the hospital to treat all its wastewater and certain biodegradable objects such as bed pans, on its own premises. Part of the purified water will be reused, for example for cooling or toilet flushing water.

The Pharmafilter plant will be built in 2019 and is partly financed by the local water authority AGV that is responsible for the treatment of the municipal waste water in general. AMC will be the fourth Dutch hospital to use the Pharmafilter.

dws-pharmfilter-amc-delft-construction-350px  Construction of the first Pharmafilter for a hospital in Delft, the Netherlands.

Medicine residues
The amount of medical residues in municipal waste water is increasing and the treatment with aerobe biological processes cannot prevent these substances to end up in surface and ground water.

Regional water authority Amstel, Gooi and Vecht (AGV) and the Academic Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam therefore jointly agreed to purify the hospital’s waste water on location and sharing the costs equally.

Special collaboration
Rolf Steenwinkel, director of regional water authority AGV said: 'One of the main tasks is to treat the city’s waste water and the removal of medicine residues is a major challenge. This special collaboration with the AMC is an important joint step forward to tackle this issue.'

Frida van den Maagdenberg, AMC board member: 'We are pleased with the cooperation with the water authority. In recent years, we have invested heavily in energy-saving and sustainability measures. The Pharmafilter is a next step.'

dws-pharmfilter-amc-scheme-350px Scheme of the Pharmafilter concept that not only processes the hospital’s waste water but also the biodegradable solid waste streams.

Collection of biodegradable solide waste
The Pharmafilter will treat all hospital waste water collectively in a membrane bioreactor, removing the medicine residues as well as harmful bacteria and viruses.

Additional, the Pharmafilter also digests biodegradable solid waste. Special developed disposals, such as Olla bed pans and Botta urinals, have been developed to be disposed off immediately after use in a special Tonto shredder in the foster rooms near the patients.

The shredded slurry waste, together with food remains and kitchen waste, is collected together with the waste water and processed in a digester for conversion into biogas.

This concept reduces the total amount of hospital waste and subsequently the waste bill. Additionally, it provides time saving for the nursing staff because they have to perform fewer handlings.

This news item was originally published on the website of regional water authority AGV (in Dutch only).

Read also on this website
Pharmafilter starts up hospital waste water treatment plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 9 September 2016
Pharmafilter receives new order for its unique biobased hospital waste treatment system, 31 December 2015

More information
Pharmafilter
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 420 33 92
www.pharmafilter.nl/en

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
BAM Nuttall to improve tidal flood defences along Humber estuary, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29430-bam-nuttall-to-improve-tidal-flood-defences-along-humber-estuary-uk.html dws-bam-nuttaal-hull-deep-flood-scheme770px-1The Environment Agency announced it secured a 42 million UK pound funding for the Humber Hull Frontages scheme, to improve the 19 km tidal flood defences along the Humber Estuary.

Contractor BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (BMM JV) has been appointed to develop a detailed design and build plan for the waterfront. Subject to planning approval, work on the Humber Hull Frontages scheme will start next summer and will be completed by 2020.

dws-bam-nuttall-hull-harbour-350px The improvement will also include sea wall of St Andrew's fish dock, left on aerial photo. Right the Humber estuary.

Extending flood protection
Proposed improvements in Hull will be supported by a further 4 kilometres of new and raised tidal defences on either side of the city, delivered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the Environment Agency.

A 1m high barrier will go up in some places, which may be set back to integrate better into the surroundings.

On the occasion of the announcement UK Floods Minister, Thérèse Coffey said: ‘This state of the art scheme is great news for homeowners and businesses along the Humber Estuary, especially for the city of Hull, as we both upgrade existing defences and add new defences extending protection.’

dws-bam-nuttall-hull-tidal-barrier350px Closed tidal barrier that protects the city of Hull against floods from the estuary since 1980.

Consultation with landowners, businesses and residents
Built environment consultancy Arup reviewed the existing flood defences along the banks of the Humber Estuary in Hull. Contractor BMM JV will built on this review and, together with the Environment Agency, will consult with landowners, businesses and local residents on key elements of their proposed designs.

Allan Rogers, BAM Nuttall National Framework Director said: ‘It’s a scheme that will deliver outcome measures that will lessen the flood risk to business and homes. We are committed to delivering the scheme efficiently and with stakeholder issues in mind.’

The Humber Hull Frontages scheme is one of a number of tidal flood alleviation projects that form part of the Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy.

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

Read also on this website
BAM Nuttall: Green Light for Boston barrier flood defence, UK, 6 December 2017
BAM Nuttall completes state-of-the-art flood defence scheme in Leeds, UK, 6 October 2017
Royal HaskoningDHV designs second ‘sand engine’ to halt erosion Norfolk coastline, UK, 12 September 2017

More information
BAM Nuttall
Chamberley, UK
+44 1276 63 484
www.bamnuttall.co.uk

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Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100
IRC study: Maintenance management crucial for improvement of water supply in Ghana https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/29387-irc-study-maintenance-management-crucial-for-improvement-of-water-supply-in-ghana.html dws-irc-ghana-study-maintenance-770px-1
A study by knowledge-focused non-profit organisation IRC Wash and Ghana’s Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA) shows that piped water supply systems in Ghana can be improved by a better management of the maintenance, rather than by a different finance of the maintenance. 

One of the main problems adversely affecting small-town water service delivery is the lack of a regular cash-flow for maintenance of the piped distribution scheme.

dws-irc-ghana-study-scheme-350px  Organisation of the water and sanitation sector in Ghana at national, regional and local level. Main parties involved are the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, District Assemblies and the Water and sanitation management teams (WSMTs).

According to the recent CWSA/IRC study the responsible authorities, such as the local District Assemblies (DAS) and Water and sanitation management teams (WSMTs), have to make the cash-flow for the maintenance more reliable by raising their capacity and by strengthen their management.

The study was conducted in three districts and was supported by the Conrad N. Hilton foundation.

Limited capacity and weak management
The study, which was conducted in the districts of Akatsi South in Volta Region, East Gonja in Northern Region and Kintampo South in Brong Ahafo Region, revealed that the mechanism inherent in the National Community Water and Sanitation Strategy (NCWSS) for addressing CapManEx works for the systems set up in line with it.

The water systems with inadequate mechanisms to address CapManEx were found to be characterized by limited capacity, such as arbitrarily tariff settings, and weak management, such as record keeping and financial management.

dws-irc-ghana-study-supply-station-350pxNo innovative financing
The study did not find any innovative mechanisms of financing capital maintenance expenditure for piped schemes in the three districts.

The main sources of finance captured are tariffs, a contribution from District Assemblies and in a few instance grants from donors.

In addition, the study report indicated that none of the water systems had ever approached a bank for loan to address CapManEx, despite the willingness of the financial institutions to provide loans to the piped schemes if WSMTs met their conditions.

Recommendations
To improve small towns water service delivery, the study recommended that:
● CWSA should sensitization of local authorities on the mechanism to address CapManEx and governance in general;
● intensification of monitoring and support on budgeting and tariff setting;
● keep basic requisite recording and operate the mandatory bank accounts to facilitate their access to financial support from the banks when the need arises;
● more transparency and accountability based on district specific requirements and after deeper consultation and community engagement processes;
● more regular monitoring, capacity building and periodic audit of operation and maintenance as well as the financial audit of the systems and its enforcement.

The study notes that the rural water coverage in Ghana is on the increase but many users receive services below the CWSA prescribed basic service level (20L/c/d, within 500m, 95% available).

Download the full study Innovative financing for capital maintenance expenditure in small towns water systems in three districts in Ghana (as a pdf-file).

Read also on this website
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: Ghana presents ambitious WASH-goals for 2025, 30 August 2017
IRC supports full WASH coverage start-up initiative in Kenyasi, Ghana, 16 May 2017
Country: Ghana
● Expertise: Water for all

More information
IRC Wash
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 4000
www.ircwash.org

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