Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Dutch Prime Minister praises progress by UN panel on valuing water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27494-dutch-prime-minister-praises-progress-by-un-panel-on-valuing-water.html dws-hlpw-un-meeting-rutte2-770px‘Valuing water means so much more than simply putting a price tag on different kinds of water usage. If we know what water is worth to each stakeholder we can optimise trade-offs and augment the total value of water to society’, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in New York on 21 September.

The Dutch prime minister attended the annual General Assembly of the United Nations and, as one of the eleven heads of state, he was also present at the meeting of the High Level Panel on Water.

dws-hlpw-un-meeting-rutte-unga-350px  Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte addressing the UN's 72nd General Assembly on 20 September.

Broad valuing of water
One of the tasks of the panel is to develop a set of principles on how to value water. In May the working group presented a draft concept of five basic principles for broad valuing of water. The group is now conducting a global consultation tour.

Dutch prime minister Rutte praised the progress of the working group at the HLPW meeting in New York.

Good progress
‘So far this panel has made good progress on the crucial issue of valuing water’, Rutte said, ‘which is key to all the water-related SDGs.’

‘Valuing water means so much more than simply putting a price tag on different kinds of water usage’, he said. ‘If we know what water is worth to each stakeholder we can optimise trade-offs and augment the total value of water to society’.

dws-hlpw-un-principles-350pxPrevention of conflicts
In his speech at the UN General Assembly the Dutch Prime Minister advocated a ‘strong United Nations in a safe and sustainable world’ and he reaffirmed that the Netherlands will dedicate itself to this goal.

The Dutch Prime Minister believes that prevention is the key concept when it comes to security. He would like to see more missions aimed at stopping conflicts before they get out of hand and more cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

According to Rutte, sustainability is the "ultimate agenda" to prevent violence and conflicts. He believes that implementing internationally agreed goals to, for example, end poverty and hunger, will help combat the root causes of instability and conflict.

Deploy Dutch expertise
Rutte said that the Netherlands is keen to share its expertise on water management with the rest of the world.

‘Working together on water issues is more crucial than ever before’, he said. ‘The UN predicts that by 2050, 200 million people will have become displaced because of climate change. Water plays a key role in almost all SDGs’, Rutte said.

‘We learn most by working with others and by sharing knowledge. We deploy our expertise all over the world, for example in projects in Vietnam, Peru, Myanmar and Bangladesh. It’s one of the reasons why I’m a member of the High Level Panel on Water.’

The full text of the concept paper Valuing water: preamble and principles can be downloaded (as a pdf-file) here.

The concept paper can be commented on the HLWP website.

The final version of the principles of valuing water will be presented at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasil in March 2018.

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HLPW seeks reactions on principles for broad valuing of water, 11 August 2017
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte appointed to joint UN and World Bank high-level panel on water, 22 April 2016

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Dutch government
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 3564100

Plea by the World Bank to take the value of water more profoundly: water today is undervalued, misused and misallocated. Too many of us take it for granted.

Live stream of the speech by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on 20 September.

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Global climate adaptation centre gets a floating office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27458-global-climate-adaptation-centre-gets-a-floating-office-in-rotterdam-the-netherlands.html dws-ienm-gceca-graph-dust-storm-680px
The new Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation will be accommodated in Rotterdam and Groningen in the Netherlands.

The offices of the new knowledge centre on climate adaptation, that is supported by the United Nations and Japan supported, will be housed in remarkable buildings. The office in Rotterdam will be housed in a floating building and in Groningen in the building of the Energy Academy Europe.

These two cities have reeled in the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) by jointly submitting the most convincing bid.

dws-gceca-impression-locations-350px  Forseen location of the two GCECA-offices in the Netherlands.

Effects of global warming
On the occasion of the announcement of the office locations, Dutch Environment Minister Dijksma said: ‘With this global climate centre, the Netherlands shows that it commands the knowledge and expertise to tackle the impact of climate change. And it is good news for Rotterdam and Groningen: such an institute will firmly enhance their position on the world map.’

Dijksma reminded of the severe impacts of global warming and mentioned the need to respond. ‘Global warming is bound to hit increasingly more people hard. Our initiative for this global climate centre will assist countries and organisations that are looking for tangible solutions to adapt to climate change.’

Strong reputation
Its location in the Dutch delta has gained Rotterdam an internationally strong reputation in the field of climate adaptation. In addition, the city boosts good international accessibility. It is building a new climate-neutral floating office building for the climate centre staff.

In Groningen, the GCECA will be accommodated in the innovative, sustainable Energy Academy Europe office building. With its university and businesses already actively engaged in climate, the city offers a perfect seed-bed for the climate centre.

Worldwide network
In February, a working group has started to set up the GCECA that will liaise with a broad-based, worldwide network of partners, among which international knowledge institutes, businesses, interest organisations, local and national governments, and the financial sector.

An important task of the centre will be to support parties in developing countries with more effective ways of putting climate adaptation into practice

Parties participating in the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation include the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), UN Environment, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), S&P Global, Delta Alliance, Deltares, Stockholm Environment Institute, Acclimatise, Netherlands Water Partnership, MCII, World Resources Institute, Wageningen University and Research, UNEP DTU Partnership, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, WRI, GEF, Adaptation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, NDC Partnership, Climate-KIC.

The official launch of the centre will be at the climate summit COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November.

In 2018, the GCECA will eventually expand to twenty staff members.

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The Netherlands to host new global centre on climate adaptation, 7 February 2017

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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Crowdfunding halfway for first floating homes in Hagonoy, Philippines https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27440-crowdfunding-halfway-for-first-floating-homes-in-hagonoy-philippines.html dws-finch-floating-house-philippines-770px-2Finch Floating Homes is halfway in crowdfunding its first prototype floating home in the city of Hagonoy, in the Philippines.

Based on research in the Philippines, the Dutch foundation developed a barrel-floating construction with on top a special designed home for a common Filipino family.

So far, the crowdfunding campaign has raised 13.400 euro of the 25.000 euro that is needed to build the first prototype.

dws-finchj-floating-homes-impression-350px-1  Impression of the floating homes that Finch Floating Homes wants to build in the Philippines.

Poor housing situation
In the overpopulated river deltas of the Philippines, people live in areas that experience daily flooding.

The floods are caused by a combination of tides, heavy rainfall and land subsidence. Climate change, population growth and the low quality of the current housing are worsening the situation.

The demand for safe and affordable housing is immense, yet available dry land is scarce.

To address these specific circumstances, the Dutch foundation Finch floating homes took the initiative to introduce the concept of floatable homes that is so well-known in the Netherlands

dws-finch-floating-house-tibaguin-350px Houses are flooded twice a day by high tide in coastal towns such as Tibaguin.

First prototype
Late August the three initiators Jurrian Knijtijzer, Joran van Schaik and Pieter Ham (f.l.t.r. on top photo) started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the first prototype home in the city of Hagonoy.

Their dream is to build safe, flood-proof floating homes in Bulacan, a province located 50km above Manila, in the Philippines’ largest delta.

Positive impact
Whilst living and studying in Bulacan, the three young architects were shocked by the twice daily floods, which create constant daily struggles and stress for the residents, including poor hygiene, ongoing subsistence insecurity and the constant threat of damage being done to their properties.

The young Dutch men felt compelled to try and make a positive impact.

Through established local connections they want to be able to test the first homes on abandoned fishponds and rice paddies. They also promise to use locally sourced materials and labor as much as possible.

On 27 September Finch Floating Homes, together with the Delft Global Initiative, will organise the symposium Let´s float about solutions for living on water.

This news item was originally published on the website of Finch Floating Homes (scroll down for English summary).

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Country: Philippines

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Finch Floating Homes
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 89 43 43 1

Delft Global Initiative
Delft, the Netherlands
+31 (0)15 27 89111

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Odor Control team wins Wetskills water challenge in Israel https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27414-odor-control-team-wins-wetskills-water-challenge-in-israel.html dws-wetskills-israel-winning-team-770pxThe Dutch-Israeli student team that presented a solution to sensor and neutralize the typical sewage smell of rotten eggs in the street, won the latest edition of the Wetskills water challenge in Israel.

Wetskills Israel took place in Haifa from 3 till 17 September. It was the second time for the Wetskills water challenge to take place in Israel and it was again hosted by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

dws-wetskills-israel-winning-team-ovink-350px Special Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink (thrid left) praised the high quality of the pitches of all teams.

Winning solution
The winning team came up with an early warning concept to detect odor hotspots in the sewer with sensors and to neutralize the odor by dosing a small amount of nitrate.

The team Odor Control existed of Rotem Rotshtein (Haifa University), Karst Oosterhuis (University of Groningen), Christel Voncken (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Canwei Mao (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) (f.l.t.r. on top photo).

The Wetskills water challenge involves real cases presented by local water authorities or companies and student teams that have to come up with solutions.

The case owner of the odor control, was the water company of Tel Aviv, Mey Avivim. Mey Avivim reacted enthusiastic about the proposed solution and appointed an engineer to start a pilot to test it.

Best ideas
‘It was a hard decision to announce the winning team. You are all winners’ said chair of the jury Henk Ovink, special water envoy of Kingdom of The Netherlands, at the awarding ceremony

Ovink praised the teams and was especially impressed by the quality of the two-minute pitches of the teams. ‘The quality of the presentations was high. A lot of water professionals can learn from this.’

The finals and awarding ceremony took place at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Israel.

The next Wetskills challenges wil be:
● in Amsterdam, the Netherlands  – 19 October - 2November 2017
● in Seoul, South Korea  - January 28 - February 13, 2018
and a special edition, the  SunGlacier Challenge,  will take place in  Oman – 20 -23 March 2018

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

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More information
Wetskills Foundation
The Hague, the Netherlands

Wetskills’ pitch by Rotem Rotshtein on how to tackle the problem of the typical sewage smell in the street.


Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Rotterdam’s rooftop project shortlisted for C40 Cities 2017 Award https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27375-rotterdam-s-rooftop-project-shortlisted-for-c40-cities-2017-award.html dws-c40-awards-2017-rotterdam-roof-party-770px-1The network of the world’s megacities, C40 Cities, announced its 25 finalists for the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017. The projects of these finalists represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by mayors of the world’s greatest cities to tackle climate change.

Rotterdam is amongst these candidates in the category ‘Climate adaptation plans’ with its Roofscape project. In its category the Dutch city competes against Washington (USA), San Francisco (USA), Wuhan (China) and Hong Kong (China).

dws-c40-awards-2017-rotterdam-roofscape-scheme-350px Rotterdam stimulates four different types of rooftop use: green vegetated roofs, blue roofs to buffer rainwater, yellow roofs that generate sustainable energy and red roofs for recreational purposes.

Different rooftop uses
Rotterdam Roofscape has developed four different kinds of climate-friendly roofs across the city, including vegetation, water collection, renewable energy and recreational infrastructure.

The use of roofs is seen as a way to improve the city’s liveability. For instance, green roofs improve the air quality, cool-down the city and retain rainwater.

In 2015 Rotterdam asked Dutch-based design office De Urbanisten to examine the conditions for the multifunctional use of rooftops in the city and to visualize the potential of a roofscape programme.

De Urbanisten defined parameters for possible rooftop uses. Specifying shape, construction, size, accessibility, height, urban density, physical and political context, in order to be more precise on the optimal relation between its conditions and possible uses.

Now, the city stimulates owners to make more use of their roofs.

dws-c40-awards-2017-rotterdam-gardening3-350px Rooftop gardening does not only cool-down the city, it also buffers rainwater to relieve the city's drainage system during heavy rainfall, preventing streets to flood.

Five categories
The fifth-annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards, will celebrate the best projects across five categories: building energy efficiency & clean energy; sustainable transportation; reducing waste; climate action plans, and adaptation plans & programmes.

Each category of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 will have a winner from an American city and a city from the rest of the world.

The winners of the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 will be announced in Chicago, at the North American Climate Summit later this year.

dws-c40-awards-2017-talks-ny-espinoza-hidalgo-350px  The finalists were announced at a C40 meeting in New York in the presence of Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (right) and UNFCC-secretary Patricia Espinosa (left).

Examples for the world
‘Mayors around the world are working harder than ever to fight climate change because they understand the immediate benefits of action, and this year’s group of C40 finalists highlights the critical role cities play in speeding global progress’, said UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and C40 Board President, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40, Anne Hidalgo, said: ‘The urgency of the climate crisis facing the world means that we need to be constantly recognising the best ideas in how cities can tackle climate change’.

According to the mayor of Paris the nominated projects deserve to be closely studied by mayors and city leaders around the world.

Rotterdam won the C40 Cities Award in the category adaptation strategies in 2015 at the Paris climate summit.

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Rotterdam tops first global sustainable cities index water by Arcadis, 18 May 2016
COP21: Rotterdam wins C40 cities award for its adaptation strategy, 7 December 2015

More information
Rotterdam Climate Initiative
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 6 229 96 302

The Urbanisten, Urban design and landscape architecture
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 6 50201080

C40 Cities


Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
DWP and Hatenboer airlift three mobile desalination units to hurricane-hit Saint Martin https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27354-dwp-and-hatenboer-airlift-three-mobile-desalination-units-to-hurricane-hit-saint-martin.html dws-stmartin-navy-helicopter-770px
In a joint operation two Dutch water technology firms, Dutch Water Partners and Hatenboer Water, airlifted three reversed osmosis plants to the island of Saint Martin in the Caribbean.

The island was hard-hit by hurricane Irma on 6 September and has been without regular water supply since then.

Saint Martin is a constituent country of France (north) and of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (south).

dws-stmartin-hatenboer-ro-unit-350px One of Hatenboer's three mobile RO-units, waiting to be airlifted to Saint Martin.

Two days
On request of the Dutch government to help with the reconstruction of the island, Dutch Water Partners and Hatenboer managed to deliver three mobile units to Eindhoven Airport (the Netherlands) within two days.

Hatenboer´s deliverd two RO Oceanus units with a capacity to desalinate 24.000 liter water per day.

The third unit is a RO Proteus with a daily capacity of 70.000 liter.

Waiting for new hurricane
The aircraft flew via Curacao where it now waits for hurricane Maria to pass Saint Martin. The hurricane is expected to bring new havoc. Therefore, it had been decided to postpone the delivery as the new hurricane may pick up debris left from the previous hurricane and damage the desalination units.

Experts of DWP and Hatenboer Water have already arrived on the island to inspect the situation and look for the best places to locate the units.

In a addition to the RO-units, also mobile pumps, generators, hoses, prefabricated water storage tanks and even foldable jerry cans for the people to carry the water home, are on its way to Saint Martin.

dws-stmartin-boskalis-alpine-bottled-water-350px Forty pallets with bottled water aboard Boskalis' tug boat Fairmount Alpine on its way to Saint Martin.

Bottled water
Meanwhile, the Dutch navy, air force and Red Cross continue to supply bottled water to the population.

Even tug boat Fairmount Alpine of dredging company Boskalis was chartered. It brought 40 pallets of bottled water to Saint Martin, as well as two neighboroughing islands that are also party of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands the naval support vessel Karel Doorman is being loaded with equipment and materials for the reconstruction of Saint Martin.

The cargo includes 100.000 water bottles and is expected to arrive early October.

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Hatenboer-Water installs RO desalination plant aboard FPSO Pioneiro de Libra, 13 April 2017

More information
Dutch Water Partners
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 28 00 730

Hatenboer Water
Schiedam, the Netherlands
+31 10 409 12 00

Papendrecht, the Netherlands
+31 78 696 90 00

Royal Netherlands Navy
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 77 465 67 67

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Floating food farm harvests first vegetables from pilot island https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27331-floating-food-farm-harvests-first-vegetables-from-pilot-island.html dws-wur-floating-farm-element-770pxYes, it can! Researchers of the Floating Food Farm harvested their first vegetables from a small-scale test island on 7 September. A special prepared meal with the hydroponic grown vegetables tasted well, according to the researchers.

In mid-May two small-scale test islands, made of expanded polystyrene (EPS - airpop), were launched by the Floating Islands foundation, in partnership with the Wageningen University & Research Science Shop.

The researchers started preparations for a follow-on experiment at a larger scale on open surface water.

dws-wur-floating-farrm-first-crop-350pxjpg  First crop harvested.

Soil exhaustion
The experiment responses to the prediction that the growing world population, soil exhaustion and climate change will result in a shortage of 22 million square kilometres of arable land by 2050.

Yet, 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water and it is here that we need to look for new opportunities and solutions.

An additional reason to conduct the experiment is the fact that in large cities such as Singapore, tomatoes are exorbitantly expensive. This type of urban vegetable farming can bring relief.

Valuable lessons
The first test showed which vegetables grow well in hydroponic conditions where others develop roots as a result of a lack of oxygen.

According to project researcher Marcel Vijn at Wageningen University, other valuable lessons were learned. ‘Shortly before the harvest, a part of the crop appeared to have been eaten by ducks. So, do we may need to use something like duck deterrents in the future?’ he hinted.

dws-wur-floating-farm-large-scale-impression-350px Impression large scale food production on water as envisioned by the researchers.

Exciting combination
The experiment combines the hydroponic growing of food, the care and experience of food and the floating aspects.

According to Sören Knittel, industrial designer of the island, Nexus Product Design, ‘It is this very combination that makes this project so exciting.’

‘We still need to answer questions such as the effect of high factor winds and wave action on open water on floating farms, while also considering any additional dangers to crops on water’, Knittel said.

The project will be finalised on 10 November and the new plans will be presented.

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

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Expertise: Water and agrifood

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Wageningen Plant Research
Lelystad, the Netherlands
+31 320 291 391

Floating Food Farm

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
SNV takes a stand against poor circumstances septic tank emptiers in Bangladesh https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27300-snv-takes-a-stand-against-poor-circumstances-septic-tank-emptiers-in-bangladesh.html dws-snv-empiters-bangladesh-service-770pxNinety percent of all septic tanks in Bangladesh are emptied manually creating severe health issues for cleaners. This reports the Dutch aid organisation SNV in a recently published magazine that shows the daily life of emptiers of pit and septic tanks in the cities of Khulna, Kushtia and Jhenaidah in Bangladesh.

SNV supports a programme to improve the faecal sludge management (FSM) by piloting new strategies and improve the working circumstances.

dws-snv-emptiers-bangladesh-cover-350pxBetter work opportunities
The magazine ‘City cleaners - stories of those left behind’ tells about the emptiers that are mainly poor workers from the low caste Harijan community. They do their sanitation work under very poor circumstances.

In the magazine the emptiers tell about their dream of better work opportunities and a safer future for their loved ones. It showcases some of their stories, giving insight into the hardships of those often left behind.

Underpaid services
In Bangladesh most of septic tanks and pits are directly connected to the drain or open water bodies. Therefore they are never emptied. Of the remainder, more than 90 percent are still emptied manually.

Accordingly, over a 10-month period in 2015 alone, 31 reported deaths of pit emptiers in work-related accidents took place in Southern Bangladesh, ‘while even more deaths go unreported’.

Those who work for city corporations and other government agencies receive just 15 US dollar per month, a rate that has not increased in the past five years.

Meanwhile, as there is no set rate for freelance pit and septic tank emptying services, the price is generally agreed between the emptier and the service recipient, causing such work often to be undervalued and underpaid.

dws-snv-empiters-bangladesh-meeting-350px-1 Organising meetings to strengthen the network amongst the empiters is a major activity of the FSM-programme.

Mayor Md. Moniruzzaman of Khulna explains what has been achieved to improve the working conditions of the emptiers. ‘Before SNV came or the start of the FSM programme, we didn’t have any plans for people who were involved in emptying and cleaning pits and septic tanks.’

‘Here in Khulna’, the mayor continues, ‘we had traditional ways of cleaning septic tanks. They clean the city, clean the homes or campuses, and they do this on their own terms. We do have cleaning departments who have certain responsibilities, but proper faecal sludge management is a new concept to us.’

‘Things are now coming into shape. We are aware of their needs; they are being involved in projects, and are getting trained properly’, says Moniruzzaman.

dws-snv-bangladesh-emptiers-pit-350pxBasic knowledge on health
Although there is an awareness for the faecal sludge services to transform from manual to mechanised, the magazine also emphasise the need to provide septic tank emptiers with basic knowledge on health and sanitation standards.

‘For their own safety, pit and septic tank emptiers and cleaners need to start wearing gloves’, says Md Saidul Karim Mintu, Mayor of Jhenaidah.

‘Yes, it might not be comfortable for them in the beginning. Even doctors would find it tricky to operate with gloves at the beginning.’

The publication of the magazine is part of SNV’s programme ‘Demonstration of pro-poor market-based solutions for faecal sludge management in urban centres of Southern Bangladesh’ programme.

Download here a copy of City cleaners - stories of those left behind (as a pdf-file).

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Country: Bangladesh

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SNV World
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 3440 244

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Royal HaskoningDHV designs second ‘sand engine’ to halt erosion Norfolk coastline, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27270-royal-haskoningdhv-designs-second-sand-engine-to-halt-erosion-norfolk-coastline-uk.html dws-rhdhv-bacton-beach2-v770pxThe world’s second ‘sand engine’ will be located on the East Anglian coast to protect Bacton Gas Terminal and nearby communities from coastal erosion.

North Norfolk District Council, Perenco UK and Shell UK have signed an agreement on 7 September, to mark the official launch of the Bacton to Walcott scheme.

Dutch consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV is still working on the details of the scheme, but it has been decided that the coastal enforcement will be based on the long-term solution of sandscaping.

In this scheme 1.5 million cubic metres of sand will be placed along the coast to protect a 5 km stretch of the UK’s east coast including the nationally critical Bacton Gas Terminal (operated by Shell and Perenco) together with its neighbouring communities.

dws-rhdhv-bacton-stage-1-3-350px-2-  First phase is the construction of an artificial peninsula. Wind, tide and waves disperse the sand along the coast and the peninsula will eventually disappear.

Second ‘sand engine’
With its 1.5 million cubic metres the British sandscaping scheme will become a smaller version of the 21.5 million cubic metres big brother ‘sand engine’ that was constructed six years ago along the Dutch coast.

The first sand engine in the Netherlands was introduced in 2011 as an effective soft coastal management solution making use of natural processes.

The method entails placing a large volume of sediment in a single location and designing it so that natural processes move the sediment to areas down the coast where it is needed to stop the erosion.

Royal HaskoningDHV was heavily involved in the design of the original Dutch concept, as well as delivering the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The Bacton project is the first time the concept will be applied abroad.

Exciting project
John Lee, NNDC cabinet member for coastal management said: ‘This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to bolster sea defences at Bacton Gas Terminal and protect the villages of Bacton and Walcott – and this is the only viable way to strengthen our sea defences here. It’s an exciting project which shows the benefit of the public and private sectors working together.’

Jaap Flikweert, Flood Resilience Leading Professional at Royal HaskoningDHV added: “In the Sandscaping initiative we are working with British partners to translate the Dutch sand engine to the very different context of the UK. It is all about using the natural energy of the sea to distribute the sand, and this can make sandy solutions affordable.’

dws-rhdhv-bacton-erosion-350px The Norfolk coast suffers from enormous erosion.

Closer to the coast
According to Flikweert sandscaping has proven a very cost-effective method as ‘any other solution would not have been affordable’. He expects that, just as in the Netherlands, the costs per cubic meter will be half the prices compared to conventional beach nourishment.

The design of the British ‘sand engine’ differs on several aspects from its bigger Dutch bother.

Flikweert: ‘The East Anglian coast has a different profile, with different waves and tides’, explained Flikweert. ‘In this situation it is better to keep the initial artificial peninsula much closer to the coast. This also avoids placement on protected seabed habitat and limits offshore losses of sand.

dws-rhdhv-bacton-dutch-sand-engine-aerial-350px  The 21,5 million m3 sand engine on the Dutch coast in July this year. 

Urgent need to stop erosion
Severe storms in 2007 and 2013 caused significant cliff erosion and flooding, underlining the project's urgency.

The scheme aims to maintain the required beach levels for the next fifty years. ‘We expect the dispersion of the current 1.5 million cubic metres to last for 15 to 20 years. So it is anticipated that later more beach nourishments will be needed.’

The monitoring of the Sand Engine in the Netherlands, has shown that the dispersions can be slower than the models suggest. According to Flikweert the possible impacts of a possible slower dispersion have already been included in the decision making . ‘A weakened sea wall near one of the villages needs to be stabilised urgently. There is not enough time left for the sand to arrive by the natural sandscaping. Therefore a small additional classic beach nourishment has been included in the scheme.’

The construction of the beach nourishment is expected to begin in summer 2018.

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

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More information
Royal Haskoning
Amersfoort, the Netherlands 
+31 88 348 20 00 


Presentation of the Bacton and Walcott Coastal Management scheme, explaning the sandscaping concept.

Drone video of the coastline today and the anticipated situation after the sandscaping.


Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Three Dutch inclusive design teams win San Francisco Bay challenge on flood risk reduction https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27244-three-dutch-inclusive-design-teams-win-san-francisco-bay-challenge-on-flood-risk-reduction.html dws-sf-bay-10-teams-bridge-park-770px
Ten design teams that entered the San Francisco Resilient by Design Challenge have been selected to map how the cities’ bay area can best respond to rising sea levels.

Three of these selected teams include Dutch participants that can contribute directly with knowledge and experiences from flood risk mitigation in the Netherlands.

The challenge is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and San Francisco Planning Department. It is modelled after New York’s Hurricane Sandy Design Competition in 2013.

All 10 winning design teams received up to 250,000 US dollar to continue their work and develop innovative adaptation strategies for 10 distinct locations along the edge of the bay.

dws-sf-bay-10-teams-bay-map-350px  San Francisco bay risks floods both from sea (left) and river from the hinterland (right).

Nine countries
The winners were announced on 10 September at an event on the Richmond waterfront. They included representatives of nine countries and were chosen from 51 contenders.

In December, each team will be assigned a specific site and by May next year their follow-up plan has to be ready.

There’s no guarantee that there designs will be built — but the high-visibility competition can make it easier to attract large-scale grants and funding.

‘We want a balance between innovative designs and things that can be done’, said Amanda Brown-Stevens, managing director of the program, on the occasion.

dws-sf-bay-10-teams-mapping2-350pxMany different ideas
The plans of the winners show a variety of ideas. The design team Big+One+Sherwood, that includes the Dutch based firm One Architecture, looked at the city as a social ecosystem and designed the links between nature, and culture, between people, and the environment.

The design team Hassell+, that includes Dutch-based firms MVRDV and Goudappel en Dutch-based research institute Deltares, included the concept of ‘living with water’, as is applied in The Netherlands and Australia to develop the immense social potential that waterfront places offer communities when they are connected to them.

Design with mud
Another team, Public Sediment, including Dutch-based consultancy firm Arcadis, emphasizes ecological infrastructure and proclaimed in its submission: ‘We design with mud’.

This team views sediment as the core building block of resilience in San Francisco Bay. It envisions the strengthening of the Bay Area’s as an ecological infrastructure.

See a review of all 10 winning teams at the website Resilient by Design.

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One Architecture
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+31 20 470 0040

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+31 88 335 8273

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Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
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Meeting the teams: Public sediment, including Arcadis.

Meeting the teams : Hassell, including MVRDV and Deltares

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch top institutes join forces to improve policy advice on climate adaptation https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27202-dutch-top-institutes-join-forces-to-improve-policy-advice-on-climate-adaptation.html dws-ccca-poster-770pxFourteen Dutch top knowledge institutes have joined forces to provide governments, companies and non-governmental organisations with better policy advice on adapting to the enormous challenges posed by climate change.

The institutes signed agreements to establish the Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA) on 31 August.

Joint projects
At its launch the consortium involves fourteen organisations, a number that will grow in coming years. Seven of them will give the consortium formal shape by means of a ‘field office’ that will initiate joint projects.

The consortium will integrate knowledge and expertise from various sectors and disciplines.

dws-ccca-themes-scheme-3509px  The CCCA consortium will focus on eight themes and cross-cutting issues.

Complex issues
This collaboration will allow the consortium partners to respond more effectively to the complex policy questions raised by rapid global warming and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The consortium will focus its work on eight themes and cross-cutting issues, which vary from water management, infrastructure and urban planning to public health, finances, law and governance.

Serious consequences
According to the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the world will need to adjust to serious consequences of global warming: rising sea levels, extreme heat, droughts, storms and extreme rainfall.

Indirect consequences will affect all sectors of society: from spatial planning and infrastructure to banks and insurance companies, from agriculture and food security to safety and public health, from economic development and tourism to global migration.

dws-ccca-houston-aerial-350px Following the recent floods in Houston, USA, it emerged how complex it is to tackle the root causes.

Influencing factors
All these indirect consequences, like possible adaptation measures, will influence each other as well.

Adaptation measures tailored to one sector, such as water management, may work out less favourably in different sectors, such as agriculture or public health.

Adaptations on a national scale, such as major water infrastructure projects, may cause problems on a local scale.

For this reason, there is a great need for policy advice that combines and integrates knowledge from different fields, sectors and government levels.

Smarter advice could bring measures that reinforce rather than weaken each other.

dws-ccca-river-flood-350pxSeven top institutes
The following seven renown Dutch knowledge organisations have joined the consortium as members:
● Climate-KIC Benelux - part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
● KNMI - Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
● RIVM - National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
● KWR Watercycle Research Institute
● NIOZ - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
● University of Twente - Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
● Utrecht University (consortium co-ordinator)

The following organisations have signed on as associated partners: Climate Adaptation Services (CAS), FutureWater, HydroLogic, Rabobank, Sweco Nederland, TNO and Weather Impact.

This news item was originally published on the website of Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA).

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Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA)
Utrecht Science Park
Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Sustec THP-plant to boost biogas production at wwtp Strongford, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27182-sustec-thp-plant-to-boost-biogas-production-at-wwtp-strongford-uk.html dws-sustec-wwtp-strongford-apeldoorn770pxDutch water technology supplier Sustec announced the supply of a Turbotec Continuous Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (cTHP) to Strongford sewage treatment works. The delivery of the Turbotec is part of a contract of Doosan Enpure for an advanced anaerobic digestion installation with Severn Trent Water, owner of the treatment work.

For Sustec it is the first of its kind in the UK. Two TurboTec cTHP-plants are operational in the Netherlands.

dws-sustec-wwtp-strongford-apeldoorn-heat-exchanger-350px  Heat exchanger of the Turbotec-plant at wwtp Apeldoorn, the Netherlands (also on top photo).

Maximise biogas production
The key objectives for the new digester are to maximise biogas production, reduce sludge volumes, produce an enhanced digestate, while achieving the lowest Totex cost.

The digester will be capable of processing 80 tonne dry solids per day (tds/d) on average, with a peak of 94 tds/d, and producing a thermally hydrolysed sludge of 10 percent w/w dry solids.

New international player
In a reaction Joost Edens, Area Sales manager at Sustec highlighted the first international sales: ‘This project emphasizes the unique proposition TurboTec can bring to both Severn Trent and other water utilities. The market for THP-suppliers just has gained an experienced international player’.

Avtar Jirh, CEO of Doosan Enpure, said: ‘From the outset of the procurement process, Severn Trent Water indicated that they were willing to consider a range of thermal hydrolysis technologies now available to the marketplace, so I’m very proud that Doosan were able to offer an alternative option, utilising our international technology provider relationships along with our in-house process engineering and EPC capabilities.’

dws-sustec-wwtp-strongford-scheme2-350px Turbotec process scheme that enables to recover 35 percent more  biogas from activated sludge.

Smaller carbon-footprint
Once complete, the new digester will reduce utility Severn Trent Water’s carbon footprint by 10 percent and produce an enhanced product for 25 percent of all its biosolids, according to Doosan.

The generated enhanced biogas will be utilised by the recently installed gas-to-grid plant, the existing CHP installation, and the new steam generation system.

The enhanced digestate will be used by the local land bank as a sustainable bio-fertiliser.

About Sustec
Sustec is a subsidiary company of DMT Environmental Technology, providing sustainable technologies for a circular economy. It has a focus on sludge treatment and resource recovery.

Sustec developed the patented continuous Turbotec process for the pre-treatment of activated sludge to enable the production of 35 percent more biogas in the digestion, while in the improved final dewatering more than 30 percent TS can be achieved

Sustec realised a full scale TurboTec THP-plant at wwtp Venlo (7.000 tDS/year), the Netherlands in 2014 and a second full scale plant at wwtp Apeldoorn (13.000 tDS/year), the Netherlands, in 2015.

This news item was originally published on the website of Doosan Enpure.

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Wageningen, the Netherlands
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Founder of Sustec Lex van Dijk talks about the first TurboTec thermal hydrolysis plant at wwtp Venlo when it started first operations in 2014.


Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Rain(a)way wins public award at Dutch innovation event Making Waves https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27164-rain-a-way-wins-public-award-at-dutch-innovation-event-making-waves.html dws-making-waves-kofi-annan-770px

Designer Fien Dekker won the public award with her eye-catching designed permeable street tile at the innovation event Making Waves. The event took place at the Afsluitdijk closure dam, the Netherlands, on 7 September.

The innovation event was initiated by two Dutch ministries to create a platform for the innovators on water issues in relation to energy, food, health and transportation.

The event was attended by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Dutch minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Dutch Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp.

dws-making-waves-ovink-dekker-350px  Fien Dekker (middle) recives the public award from special water envoy Henk Ovink (left).

Special permeably street tile
The Rain(a)way tile, invented and designed by Fien Dekker, ensures that the rainwater is captured above the ground. This helps to reduce the pressure on the sewerage system.

On several locations in the Netherlands the Rain(a)way tile has been integrated in urban pavements. In Rotterdam and Amsterdam the application of the special tile is part of the city’s climate adaptation programmes to capture rainwater at the source, hold it there visible to the eye, and subsequently let it slowly seep into the ground.

In her pitch at the Making Wave event, Dekker told that she had been inspired by Japanese architecture, which she feels adds ‘charm and visibility’ to water collection: every shower of rain creates tiny little rivers that turn the public space into a delightful landscape.

dws-making-waves-juryprijs-micreos-offenhaus-350px The overall winning pitch was by Mark Offerhaus of Micreos as inventor of a new technology that kills only ´bad´ bacteria. 

Alternative to antibiotics
The overall winner was Micreos that invented a new technology that only kills the ‘bad’ bacteria and not the ‘good’ ones. The technology is an alternative to antibiotics. Due to the increasing use of antibiotics their concentrations in surface water are increased and the wide spread in the environment contributes to the growing resistance to antibiotics.

The jury praised the innovation because of the enormous impact it may have on healthcare in combating bacterial diseases when it is available worldwide.

Iconic Afsluitdijk

The event took place in the middle of the 32 km long closure dam Afsluitdijk. ‘I can’t think of a more symbolic and inspirational location to promote innovative solutions around water, food and energy than the iconic Afsluitdijk’, said Kofi Annan in his key note.

Annan referred to several cross-sectoral innovations that are currently piloted on the dam. This includes the Blue Energy factory that produces electricity using the different salinity of the fresh water on one side of the dam and the salt water on the other side.

Another innovation on the closure dam is piloted by Tocardos that operates an array of special designed turbines that capture energy from the tidal water flows.

dws-making-waves-annan-350pxAcceleration of innovations
Annan also addressed the importance of innovations for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and the Paris climate agreement. He emphasized the opportunity to accelerate the introduction of clean technology. According to him, the pilot project on the Afsluitdijk shows that technology is already at hand.

Annan called on climate change to be a connecting element and to see it as a challenge to reach a more prosperous and sustainable world for all. It's not just governments and politicians", said Annan. ‘Inventors with good ideas can also contribute’.

dws-making-waves-schultz-350pxWater scarcity and migration

Minister Schultz van Haegen and Commander of Dutch Armed Forces Tom Middendorp agreed to Annan's inspiring message. Both responded to the increasing migration resulting from conflicts and natural disasters. Water scarcity is increasingly recognized as an important root course. No water, no harvest, no food, more migration to cities, higher food prices, increasing inequality across ethnic groups and poor slums.

‘Water and the big challenges associated with it’, said minister Schultz van Haegen, ‘are not just an issue for water or climate ministers who want to help countries with problems.’

‘Water is crucial to international stability, which also makes it a matter for ministers of defence and foreign affairs, prime ministers and presidents’, Schultz said.

The Dutch minister urged ministers not only to focus on how to stop migration by creating a defense ring around Europe. ‘They should also be concerned with projects that make the regions more climate resilient’.

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Eindhoven, the Netherlands
+31 6 414 07 246

The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 88 800 7151

Video of the award ceremony.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch navy starts emergency water supply after Irma devastated Saint Martin island https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27146-dutch-navy-starts-emergency-water-supply-after-irma-devastated-saint-martin-island.html dws-irma-martin-airport-aerial-770pxThe water supply to the island of Saint Martin, caused by the hurricane Irma, is one of the top priorities of the relief operation by the Dutch Navy.

Immediately after the passing of the hurricane, the navy’s vessels Zs.Ms. Zeeland and Zr.Ms. Pelican arrived in the harbour of the island. Saint Martin is an independent nation and, together with two other Caribbean islands, it is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

dws-irma-pallet-bottles-350px  Pallet with water bottles at Eindhoven airport, the Netherlands, ready for shipment to Saint Martin.

Emergency aid
According to the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the water supply on the hard-hit island is one of their priorities. For first emergency aid, the navy is suppling drinking water in bottles.

As soon a circumstances allow, the desalination installations aboard the two naval vessels will be used to provide more drinking water to the island.

The third step in the process is to restore the local normal drinking water supply, but the damage to the island’s water supply system has not yet been assessed.

Relief by air
A C-130 Hercules of the Dutch air force is on its way from the Netherlands and will land at the airport of Saint Martin (on top photo) as soon as the runway is accessible.

The C-130 is to bring in food and water for 40.000 people for five days.

The relief operation is under time pressure as it may have to be stopped in the coming weekend as a second hurricane is heading towards the island.

More information 
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Dutch Navy ends relief operations with water supply in hurricane-hit Haiti, 27 October 2016
Dutch marine vessel HMS Pelikaan brings fresh water to Island Saba, Caribbean, 9 March 2013

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The first aerial images of the enormous devastation on Saint Martin from a helicopter of the Dutch navy.

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: ‘Recovery from waste water by public party makes sense’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27112-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-recovery-from-waste-water-by-public-party-makes-sense.html dws-swww2017-wwtp-recovery-vd-top-public-private-770px‘It makes perfect sense that a public party recovers materials from municipal waste water’, said chairman Gerhard van den Top of the Amsterdam regional water authority. Van den Top was one of the speakers at a session on financing wastewater treatment and resource recovery during the Stockholm World Water Week on 31 August.

The topic of public versus private was raised because in discussions it is often claimed that private owned water operators are better equipped to handle the recovered materials and bring it to the market for a good price.

dws-swww2017-wwtp-recovery-public-private-moss-350px Discussing the constrains of resource recovery at waste water treatment plants: (fltr) Jennifer Sara (World Bank), Jack Moss (AquaFed), Gerhard van den Top (Water board AGV) and Bastiaan Mohrmann (2030 Water Resource Group).

Fine tune recovery process
Van den Top (on top photo) shared the experiences of the recovery of struvite and calcite at the waste water treatment plant (wwtp) in Amsterdam.

‘As a public operator, we have been able to start with the recovery of these two materials even before there was a market to sell it to. This made it possible to fine tune the recovery process and develop the specifications in close cooperation with potential buyers’, Van den Top said.

The issue of material recovery is relevant as the option to sell recovered water, energy and materials can substantially reduce the costs of waste water treatment.

Latest recovery technologies
In the Netherlands the recovery of biogas and struvite at municipal waste water treatment plants is gaining in popularity. Two plants, wwtp Amersfoort and wwtp Apeldoorn, have recently been modernised to include the latest recovery technology, such as thermal pressure hydrolysis (TPH) to raise the production of biogas from the sewage sludge.

An specialised organisation set up by Dutch water operators, AquaMinerals, aims to add as much value to the residuals from the water treatment and market them successfully.

dws-swww2017-wwtp-recovery-public-private-moss-scheme-350px According to Jack Moss everybody has a strong role to play in the value chain.

Distinct and strong role
The session at the Stockholm World Water Week focused financing and business models, policy instruments and market conditions for recovery of water and material from waste water.

Executive director Jack Moss of AquaFed, the international federation of private water operators, did not dispute the role of a public water service provider.

‘As long as everybody in the value chain, plays his role distinct and strong’, Moss says.

This concerns in his view the policy makers, the administrator, the operator and the user. ‘It is important that all pull in the same direction’, he says.

Clean Ganges river
Addressing the theme of resource recovery and reuse (RRR), Principal investment officer, Neeraj Gupta, at the International Finance Corporation provided an update on India’s waste water treatment programme for a clean Ganges river basin.

The ‎National Mission for the Clean Ganges (NMCG) programme foresees in the construction of waste water treatment plants for 118 towns. India has developed a hybrid annuity based private-public partnership model to get the private construction sector financially involved in the 3 billion US dollar programme.

Gupta explained that power stations within a range of 50 km of these new wwtp plants shall be forced to reuse the effluent. At one of the first wwtp plants under construction now, the effluent will be sold to a nearby refinery.

The production of biogas has not been made mandatory for the whole programme, Gupto says. ‘It is left to the individual contractor to include the production of biogas in his design’.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Top innovators take the stage at Making Waves https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27061-top-innovators-take-the-stage-at-making-waves.html dws-making-waves-logo-770pxSeventeen innovators in the Dutch water sector have made it to the final round and will pitch their ideas at the Making Waves event.

Making waves will be held on the Afsluitdijk closure dam, the Netherlands, on 7 September in the presence of former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, Dutch Chief of Defence Tom Middendorp and Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen.

dws-making-waves-annan350px  Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, will deliver a key note.

Ideas for Europe
The event has been organised by the Dutch government to give promising innovations a stage and to help the development of an idea to implementation.

Beyond a stand-alone event, Making Waves is part of a chain of events and activities serving a greater purpose such as Ideas from Europe and the Innovation Expo 2018.

The winning innovation of this final round will represent the Netherlands at the European innovation event, Ideas for Europe, that will start later this year.

dws-making-waves-afsluitdijk350px The event will take place on the Afsluitdijk closure dam

List of finalists
The innovators that made it to the final round include:

● GrowX
concept of environment friendly agriculture by vertical farming
● Micreos
alternative antibiotic that kills unwanted bacteria, but leaves beneficial bacteria alive
● Dutch aWEARness
production of environment friendly business clothing
● Ioniqa
technology to recycle all PET-plastics to prevent marine litter

dws-making-waves-rain-a-way-350px Design street tile that drains rain water.

● Rain(a)way
a water-filling tile for pavements
● Barsha pump
floating pump that uses the flow of a river to pump water to higher lying farmland
● Fish Flow
technology to produce hydropower without harming fish
● Villagepump 
low cost water pump for remote areas
● H2O Barrier
installation to filter plastic litter from a flowing river
● PlasticRoad
concept of a road made from plastic waste, including a drainage system for rain
● Aquafarm
technology to produce building materials from sewage waste water

dws-making-waves-sunglacier-350px Sunglacier's installation in the desert for the recovery of water from air.

● Sunglacier
technology to harvest water from air, powered by solar energy
● Bluerise
technology to convert thermal energy from different temperatures of ocean water
● Slow Mill
installation to captures energy from wave movements
● Shallow geothermal wells
technology to gain energy from shallow geothermal heat with lower temperatures
● NaFRAd
technology to remove toxic algea bloom and recover phosphate 
● Honey Highway
concept of wild flowers along highways to improve biodiversity
● Protein from sewage
a technology to produce protein from ammonium that has been recovered from wwtp-effluent

dws-making-waves-tahmo350px  Rolf Hut of Tahmo pitches the meteo station at the prequalification round in Delft earlier this year.

● Thamo
a weather station of which 20,000 are planned to be placed in Africa
● Flood forecasting app
application on mobile phone that warns residents for floods
● EQA smart river
floating hydropower installation using the flow of the river
● Phario
technology to produce PHA bioplastic from waste water
● Geowall
concept to construct levees from dredging material
● Elemental Watermakers
desalination technology, based on reverse osmosis solutions, driven by solar, wind, wave or the grid
● Barsha pump
floating pump that uses the flow of a river to pump water to higher lying farmland

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Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: From pricing to valuing water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/27007-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-from-pricing-to-valuing-water.html dws-swww2017-hlpw-korosi2-770pxThe High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) has announced 14 initiatives that the platform considers important for the achievement of all water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Hungarian ‘sherpa’ of HLPW, Csaba Kőrösi, presented the panel’s preliminary focus areas at the Stockholm World Water Week on 30 August.

One of the focus areas is the need to express all values of water and not only its financial value.

dws-swww2017-hlpw-maphokga South African ‘sherpa’ Nchedi Sophia Maphokga-Moripe, Department of Water and Sanitation, talks about the issue of human right on water.

Final set in March
The HLPW is a platform by the United Nations and the World Bank with 11 head of states, including Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Dutch ‘sherpa’ is special water envoy Henk Ovink.

Körösi (on top photo) explained that the panel is consulting many parties globally and the final set of initiatives will be published in March next year and presented at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasil.

The 14 preliminary initiatives that were announced, include a wide range of subjects. One of them is the valuing of water.

The initiatives will play an important role in the UN general assembly in September next year when the UN will evaluate the progress by the global water community to achieve SDG#6 by 2030.

dws-swww2017-hlpw-hiroki-drr2-350px Japanse ‘sherpa’ dr. Kenzo Hiroki leads the consultation on disaster risk reduction.

Missed opportunities
The panel thinks that too many lives and assets are lost because of water related disasters. This loss is not always reflected in the financial price of water.

With the current financial pricing of water, the panel considers too many opportunities are missed for economic, societal and environmental gains.

Some of  the focus areas announced in Stockholm include efficient water use, transboundary water management, smart data, disaster risk reduction, peace & migration and financing of infrastructure.

dws-swww2017-hlpw-torre-ovink-350px Finance minister Carlos de la Torre ((left) of Ecuador explains to Dutch sherpa Henk Ovink why water cannot be regarded as a commodity.

Not a commodity
During a discussion on how to value water and get a more inclusive price for water, the financial minister Carlos de la Torre of Ecuador emphasised the importance of a broader concept.

‘Water is not a commodity in itself’, he says. 'Water becomes a product when there is a demand for its transportation and, if necessary, its treatment. It is important that we bring together the pricing and the valuing.’

‘The price must reflect a long term profit, both economical, as well as social’, said the financial minister of Ecuador.

Next consultation
One of the next consultations on the issue of valuing water, will take place at the Amsterdam International Water Week on 31 October and 1 November.

The HLPW opened a special website for a public consultation.

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Stockholm water week 2016: High level panel on water takes complexity of global water issues on board, 3 September 2016

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c/o UN-DESA, division for sustainable development

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: Ghana presents ambitious WASH-goals for 2025 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26983-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-ghana-presents-ambitious-wash-goals-for-2025.html dws-swww2017-irc-ghana-adda-edited-1‘We are driving a transformational agenda towards WASH delivery in Ghana’, said minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Joseph Kofi Adda at his press conference at the Stockholm World Water Week on 28 August.

Adda was installed as Ghana’s water minister in January, heading a new dedicated ministry. At the press conference, the minister announced the water goal that Ghana has set for itself.

By 2025 the country wants to achieve ‘sustainable water and basic sanitation for all’ as formulated in the Water Sector Strategic Development Plan (WSSDP).

Dutch-based organisation IRC is working to help the government of Ghana to achieve this goal.

dws-swww2017-irc-ghana-adda-350pxDrop in sanitation
According to Adda his country is making good progress on the access to clean drinking water, but on sanitation the situation is worsening as the number of people with access to proper sanitation is dropping.

There is not a single reason for this drop, said Adda at the press conference. The total population is raising, in addition there is a lack of infrastructure to collect the waste from pit latrines

Adda announced the construction of local waste collection stations that feed larger stations where waste can be turned into compost and energy at large scale.

Lowest in Africa
In July 2011 the World Bank upgraded Ghana to a lower middle-income status, yet the coverage for safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is one of the lowest in Africa.

The latest United Nations statistics reveal that only 27 percent of the population has access to safely managed drinking water, 14 percent has access to basic sanitation. Cholera is endemic in Ghana. Diarrhoea kills about 14,000 children under five years annually.

dws-swww2017-irc-ghana-adda-close-up-350pxDouble WASH-budget
The government wants to make the capital of Ghana, Accra, the cleanest city in Africa, eradicate open defecation by 2020, and construct 25,300 boreholes and 300 small water systems.

Donors contribute 19 percent currently, but it is likely to drop in the wake of Ghana’s promotion to a lower middle-income status. There is a reported annual funding gap of 200 million US dollar to achieve the country’s 2025 goal.

‘We shall have to double our WASH-budget’, said Adda. He has good hope that this will happen as the president is ’seriously dedicated’, the new water minister assured.

Huge task ahead
In a reaction, IRC-director Patrick Moriarty underlines the huge task ahead for minister Adda. ‘It will be an uphill struggle to reach the goals. As a knowledge centre we have supported many water projects in Ghana, especially in the field of sustainable water services.’

‘Much field work has been done’, Moriarty continues. ‘It is good that the government is now seriously picking up the WASH-issue on a national level.’

About IRC Ghana
IRC is an international think-and-do tank that works with governments, NGOs, entrepreneurs and people around the world to move from short-term interventions to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

IRC Ghana is based in Accra and has a team of some fifteen professional staff, supported by technical specialists from IRC in The Netherlands.

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Country: Ghana

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+31 70 304 4000

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: Many reasons for conflicts, water shortage is one of them https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26970-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-many-reasons-for-conflicts-water-shortage-is-one-of-them.html dws-swww2017-migration-schaik-770px‘There is little proof of violent conflicts that have emerged directly from water shortage only, but surely there is an influence’, said Sophie de Bruin of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency at the Stockholm World Water Week on 29 August.

De Bruin was one of the speakers at a session under the umbrella of the Dutch-based Planetary Security Initiative that addressed changes of water availability and its effects on conflicts and migration.

Sanne Vermeulen of aid-organisation Cordaid shared her experiences in South Sudan on the enormous impact of the changes in the grow season for farmers and cattle herders.

dws-swww2017-migration-bruin-350pxDirect impact versus no impact
De Bruin’s conclusion is based on her literature study. She noticed a big difference in weighing the role of water in conflicts. “Some literature speaks of a direct influence of climate change on violent conflict. Others speak of no influence at all and refer to the poor governance structure in certain dry areas.’

Widely recognized though is the 10-years old report by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that identified climate change as a ‘threat multiplier’ that can exacerbate conflict risks. It is generally accepted that in certain contexts, climate change can, mostly through changes in water availability, affect social and economic conditions.

The session at the Stockholm World Water Week was meant to explore the possible pathways to influence the outbreak of a conflict by controlling water scarcity.

Increased water use
Research Karin Meijer of Deltares suggested to look at water scarcity beyond the issue of climate change. According to Meijer more factors are involved. 'Certain areas receive more rain because of climate change, but may still have a water shortage because of increased water use, resulting from population growth.'

Meijer also mentioned the influence of drought in other countries. 'Countries as Egypt import a large part of their food from countries that are vulnerable to drought. ´This can lead to decreasing food imports or raising food prices´, she said.

dws-swww2017-migration-drought-350pxPoor infrastructur
Specialist Anders Jägerskog, at The World Bank Group mentioned the poor infrastructure in general. ‘With or without a conflict, it drives insecurity’, he said.

More specific, Jägerskog suggested to bridge the gap between development aid and humanitarian aid. ‘Organisations as Red Cross could change their response and get themselves more involved in water infrastructure during a conflict. We also need to think of a new kind of response to prevent outbreaks.’

Farmers versus cattle herders
To iullustrate the direct influence of seasonal changes on a conflict, Sanne Vermeulen of Cordaid presented a case in South Sudan where farmers have their own piece of land to grow their crop and cattle herders travel from place to place, depending on where their cattle can graze.

‘Because of the changing season pattern, the cattle herders migrate earlier into the areas where the farmers are. The cattle cause much more damage because the crop is still young and has not been harvested yet. That in turn triggers conflict between farmers and herders’, she explained.

Vermeulen was involved in a project to introduce an early warning system so the farmers know when the cattle come. The project also involved local authorities and peace building committees.

dws-swww2017-migration-vermeulen-350pxNew conflict
South Sudan is now involved in a new civil war. ‘Despite we have still contact and can keep the early warning system operational. But the local involvement is minimal as the peace building committees have other priorities now’, Vermeulen adds.

She hopes that when the conflict settles again, the work on the project can continue. ‘Many people have been forced by the militants to leave their homes, so we must re-establish the contacts

About Planetary Security Initiative
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the Planetary Security Initiative (PSI) in 2015.

Operated by a consortium of leading think tanks, the goal of the initiative is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating the Community of Practice on planetary security.

The initiative aims to increase awareness, to deepen knowledge, and to develop and promote policies and good practice guidance to help governments, the private sector and international institutions better secure peace and cooperation in times of climate change and global environmental challenges.

The next Planetary Security Conference will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 12-13 on December.

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Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week 2017: IHE Delft to assess water management needs in Iraq https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26961-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-ihe-delft-to-assess-water-management-needs-in-iraq.html dws-swww2017-ihe-iraqi-mou-dijk-janabi-770pxIraqi minister of Water Resources, Dr Hassan Janabi, signed a renewed version of a Memorandum of Understanding with director Johan van Dijk of IHE Delft. The Iraqi minister and IHE Delft will continue their cooperation for another five years.

The signing took place in the stand of IHE Delft at the Stockholm World Water Week on 29 August.

IHE Delft will initially support the ministry by assessing their needs in relation to development of staff expertise and performance improvement.

dws-swww2017-ihe-iraqi-mou-dijk-janabi-350px  Iraqi minister Dr Hassan Janabi (left) and IHE Delft director Johan van Dijk, talking about the details of the signing ceremony.

Capacity building
A second step will be developing capacity building programmes, resulting from the initial needs assessment.

The two parties also commit to improve water resources in Iraq through integrated and optimal use of water resources management, with a special emphasis on transboundary water management and water for agriculture.

The MoU is a follow-up of the first MoU, which was signed early 2014.

Assessment of needs
On the occasion of signing the MoU, Dr Hassan Janabi said to be very happy to continue the cooperation. ‘IHE Delft updated the skills of our people at the ministry. We have also done joint modelling exercises and assessment of the needs of our ministry.’

The MoU is mainly about capacity building within the ministry, but we will look for further enhancement of our cooperation’, the minister added.

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

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 15 215 23 21

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Stockholm World Water Week: 2017: Global water sector has to quadruple its expenditure https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26954-stockholm-world-water-week-2017-global-water-sector-has-to-quadruple-its-expenditure.html dws-siww2017-opening-panel-schultz-770pxCountries need to quadruple their spending to 150 billion US dollar a year to deliver universal safe water and sanitation, according to the World Bank at the Stockholm World Water Week that started on 28 August.

The World Bank called for better coordinated and targeted investments to ensure that services reach the most vulnerable. Governments need to engage with the private sector more closely to meet the high costs.

dws-siww2017-opening-chen-350px   Guangzhe Chen of the World Bank called for more bankable water projects., with tariffs based on cost recovery.

Waste water
This year’s edition of the World Water Week focuses on the issue of waste water. Worldwide, 80 percent of all waste water is discharged untreated, polluting ponds, rivers, seas and even oceans.

The pollution impacts the ecology in these water bodies, especially the vulnerable wetlands and coral reefs. As a result, less fresh water is available. In a world with a growing population, water demand will outgrow its supply.

During the week-long meeting, 3,100 attendees from 130 countries focus on finding ways to reduce the pollution by better use and reuse of water. These solutions also address the issue of increasing droughts.

It was mentioned several times by speakers on the opening day: droughts are caused by nature, scarcity by man.

Service providers
The theme dominating the discussions on the first day was undoubtedly the financing. The water sector must quadruple its expenditure to be able to meet the Sustainable Development Goal on water (SDG #6) by 2030, including universal access to clean water and sanitation.

“The tariffs for water services are too low”, said Guangzhe Chen, senior director of the Water Global Practice of the World Bank. He participated in the panel discussion during the official opening ceremony. He urged utilities to perform better so they can attract investors for expansion and improvement of their water supplies.

“Utilities are the best party to push the availability of clean water and sanitation”, Chen said. “Some recover no costs, others recover all costs. It is our job to support the utilities that recover no costs with technical skills to set up bankable projects.”

dws-siww2017-opening-schultz2-350px Dutch minister Schultz van Haegen advocated to address water issues in an interrelated way.

Complex global water agenda
Panel leader Kevin Rudd, chair of the partnership Sanitation and Water for All, provoked his panelists with the question whether the global water agenda is so complex that it is becoming too big.

Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, responded by mentioning the need to focus on specific issues. “As a low-lying country, we have to focus on flood protection, so we created a group, the Delta Coalition, to share our knowledge with other countries.”

As an example, Schultz mentioned the joint efforts with Indonesia to solve the complex water issues in Jakarta. “The city subsides because of illegal ground water extractions. So, the people of Jakarta have to be protected against floods by a sea wall. But to be able to construct such a wall, we must clean the rivers first. It shows that we must treat water issues as interrelated”, the Dutch minister said.

dws-siww2017-opening-skog-350px  Swedish minister Skog suggests to start with local pilots. If they prove to be successful, the word should be spread better.

Scale up local solutions
As a panelist, Swedish environmental minister Karolina Skog urged the global water community to stay focused on solutions. “We need to make water problems manageable and not push the big global problems to citizens.”

Skog advised to follow the Swedish example: start pilots with new solutions locally, and scale them up if they are successful. “Essential is that we spread the locally gained knowledge across the world in order to be able to scale up the pilots.”

Dutch delegation
To get insight of the Dutch contribution to the Stockhol World Water Week, view the special SWWW page on this website with a day-by-day programme overview.

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

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Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Acacia Water participates in hydrogeological assessment for Darfur region, Sudan https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26948-acacia-water-participates-in-hydrogeological-assessment-for-darfur-region-sudan.html dws-acacia-darfur-assessment-floods-770px-1Consultancy firm Acacia Water held a kick-off meeting in Sudan to start a detailed assessment of hydrological and hydrogeological situations in the region of Darfur.

The meeting is part of the Sustain Darfur programme to address the root causes of crisis in the Sudan region by tackling one of the main drivers of local conflict and poverty – availability of water.

Acacia Water’s team has been in Khartoum for the meeting from 20 – 24 August.

Competition over water use
Water is scarce in the region of Darfur and there is competition over its use. This can result in conflict and lead to unsustainable livelihoods, forcing people to migrate to find alternatives.

The overall aim of the project is sustainable development and improved well-being and health of people living in rural areas in Darfur.

The project intends to benefit 250,000 people in rural catchment areas in the states of North, South and West Darfur.

dws-acacia-darfur-assessment-meeting-350px  Kick-off meeting in Khartoum where the prliminary results were presented for four catchments.

Catchment water plans
Detailed hydrogeological assessments are being carried out together with partners of the Water for Darfur partnership.

Together with Aidenvironment, Acacia Water will carry out the hydrological assessment of 13 catchments in the localities targeted by the partnership.

These assessments will help to elaborate catchments water plans together with stakeholders in order to improve the water management and availability in the region, using the 3R approach ‘Retain, Recharge, Reuse’ within the concepts of integrated water resource management (IWRM).

During the kick-off meeting, Acacia presented the preliminary results of a SWAT-modelling and water budget for four priority catchments.

Furthermore, local partners were interviewed to better understand the social-economic challenges as well as the geological, hydrological and hydrogeological contexts.

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

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Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 182 686 424

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Research consortium simulates ice-tsunamis to study wave features https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26938-research-consortium-simulates-ice-tsunamis-to-study-wave-features.html dws-deltares-ice-tsunami-flume-770px-1
A consortium of researchers from England, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands started a study at research institute Deltares, Delft, the Netherlands to model and quantify the wave features caused by falling ice masses.

The simulation of ice-tsunamis will last three weeks and is led by Dr. Valentin Heller of the University of Nottingham, UK.

The study is conducted as part of Hydralab+, an EU-funded infrastructure network for experimental research institutions in the field of environmental hydraulics and hydrodynamics.

dws-deltares-ice-tsunami-real-350pxLarges splashes and waves
Ice masses falling or overturning into large water bodies can generate tsunamis in the Arctic and Greenland, as well as in large lakes in mountainous regions.

The waves and splashes caused by these events can be over tens of metres high, posing a considerable hazard for the local community, the fishing industry, the oil and gas industry, and tourists.

Dr. Valentin Heller explains: ‘Examples in Greenland, such as a fifty-metre-high wave at the outlet glacier Eqip Sermia in 2014, and a tragic event in 1995 that resulted in 58 casualties, show how important it is to study this type of tsunami.’

dws-deltares-ice-tsunami-heller-wolters-350px Valentin Heller of the University of Nottingham (left) and Guido Wolters of Deltares (right) next to the 1 to 200 scale plastic block that is used to simulate the waves of a 160 x 100 m ice chunck

Different wave characteristics
‘Research in this area is currently very limited’, Heller continues. ‘This unique large-scale testing at Deltares should allow us to determine the characteristics of the tsunami waves, such as height, decay with distance, as functions of both the size of the ice mass and how it interacts with the surrounding water.

Heller expects that the outcomes of the study will provide direct support for hazard assessments and provide valuable data for the calibration and validation of ongoing numerical simulations.

3D research
The tests will be performed at Deltares’ three-dimensional Delta Basin. This represents these events much better than tests in flumes (2D), because waves of this kind are mainly generated in open water bodies.

Guido Wolters, Deltares project leader: ‘Thirty-five gauges will be placed in a semi-circle around a dedicated release structure for two ice blocks in our Delta Basin in order to measure the tsunamis. The results will be linked to existing data about landslide tsunamis and rockfalls, and used to improve numerical tsunami simulations.’

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

(photos by Deltares/Raymond Rutting)

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A 50 metres high ice chunk carved from Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier on 2 February 2016, setting off a tsunami-like wave.

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Joint focus Verdygo and Strukton on Middle East market for customized sewage treatment plant https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26931-joint-focus-verdygo-and-strukton-on-middle-east-market-for-customized-sewage-treatment-plant.html dws-verdygo-strukton-signing-modular-wwtp-simpelveld-770pxStrukton International and Verdygo have signed an agreement on a strategic cooperation for the long-term on the design and construction of low-cost customised purification of sewage water.

The cooperation concerns the modular technology developed by Verdygo that makes it easy to scale up or scale down a waste water treatment plant (wwtp).

The marketing of the modular Verdygo-concept will initially concentrate on the Middle East, Northern Europe and Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

dws-verdygo-strukton-signing-ceremony-350px  Bert Hoekstra, Strukton International (left) and Guus Pelzer, Verdygo (right) at the signing ceremony on 22 August

Plug and play modules
The modular Verdygo-concept allows a completely new way of designing and constructing sewage treatment plants. All the technical equipment is designed in the form of container-sized, transportable plug & play modules that can be placed above ground.

As the modules are built without a foundation, it is easy to make swift and inexpensive adjustments when needed, for instance to respond to new recovery technologies, demographic or climate changes.

The first fully operational treatment plant based on the Verdygo concept was commissioned in December last year at wwtp Simpelveld, the Netherlands (on top photo and below).

According to Michel Bouts, member of the Supervisory Board of Verdygo, the two companies can combine each other’s specific knowledge, expertise and experience in projects where Verdygo would work well.

Bouts: ‘Verdygo provides advice applicability and system engineering, as well as training and advice on launching and maintaining installations. We can also manage the system for clients from a central control room.’

‘Strukton provides technical feasibility analyses, engineering, project management, and building and financing constructions’, Bouts adds.

dws-verdygo-strukton-signing-modular-elements-350pxGrowing water demand
The focus on the Middle East reflects the extreme water shortages due to a combination of limited water sources, a water-intensive oil & gas extraction industry, and rapid population growth.

Water extraction from seawater accelerates seawater salinization as a result of the discharge of residuals.

Along with this growing demand for water, both companies expect an increasing focus on sustainability, and on cheaper and flexible construction techniques. The Verdygo concept offers a pragmatic, inexpensive solution for this.

Strukton has been carrying out projects in the Middle East for some time, and recognises and appreciates the added value to the region that the Verdygo concept offers.

‘Our knowledge of, and years of experience in, the Middle East, combined with a Dutch innovation such as Verdygo, creates all sorts of new opportunities in the area of sustainability’, argues Bert Hoekstra, Managing Director at Strukton.

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

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Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
ING part of the UK's first water sector green bond https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26912-ing-part-of-the-uk-s-first-water-sector-green-bond.html dws-ing-anglian-water-bonds-pipes-770pxNetherlands-based bank ING was joint mandated lead arranger in the 250 million pound bond for Anglian Water, the UK's largest water company.

This green bond was announced by Anglian Water on 2 August and is the country's first in the water sector.

Funds raised by this bond will be used to finance projects related to drought, resilience, energy efficiency and water recycling.

dws-ing-anglian-water-bonds-exchange-350px   Anglian Water opened the London Stock Exchange on 1 August, following the launch of its green bonds.

Love every drop strategy
‘Issuing the very first public utility sector green bond amplifies our commitment to sustainability, and demonstrates how we operate as a leading business’, said Anglian Water's Group Treasurer Jane Pilcher.

The bond is in line with Anglian Water's Love Every Drop sustainability strategy, which includes cutting pollution, waste and water leakages.

This earned the company the Business In The Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2017-award.

Hans Biemans, head of Sustainable Markets at ING, said: 'ING is committed to creating sustainable financing options for its clients, and green bonds are becoming increasingly popular. We are pleased to have worked with Anglian Water on this deal.'

dws-ing-anglian-water-bonds-wtp-350pxService improvement
Anglian Water aims to become a carbon-neutral business by 2050. It has already reduced its level of embodied carbon by 55 percent from 2010 and aims to reach 60 percent carbon reduction by 2020.

Operating in one of the driest, yet fastest growing regions of the UK, in East of England, the company invested 2.1 billion pound between 2010 and 2015 in order to improve its services in the area. It will invest a further 5 billion between now and 2020 to continue these improvements.

In the long term, Anglian Water has also committed to enable sustainable economic and housing growth in the region, and make it resilient to drought and flood risks.

About Anglian Water
Anglian Water is the largest water and wastewater company in England and Wales by geographic area. It supplies water and water recycling services to more than six million customers in the East of England and Hartlepool.

About ING
The ING Group is a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, headquartered in Amsterdam. Its primary businesses are retail banking, direct banking, commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, and insurance services.

ING reported a full-year 2016 net profit of 4,651 million euro, an increase of 16 percent year-on-year.

This news item was originally published on the websites of ING and Anglian Wate.

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Completion of Anglian Water’s Grafham resilience scheme to store 44 million liter of drinking water.


Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Royal HaskoningDHV engages in holistic Golden Beach nourishment, Australia https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26903-royal-haskoningdhv-engages-in-holistic-golden-beach-nourishment-australia.html dws-rhdhv-gold-coast-rainbow-770px-1Dutch engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV has been engaged in the design of beach nourishment works at the iconic Palm Beach, City of Gold Coast, Australia.

This project is part of the city’s largest offshore dredging and beach nourishment project that includes the construction of an artificial reef.

dws-rhdhv-gold-beach-palm-beach-erosion-350px   Erosion at Palm Beach, City of Gold Coast, Australia

Significant beach erosion
Palm Beach is at high risk of significant beach erosion compared to other Gold Coast beaches.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s involvement in the nourishment project is part of a holistic plan to provide a sustainable solution for the ongoing protection of the beach and beach infrastructure.

The project also includes the design of an artificial reef, which serves both as a means of coastal protection and as a surfing amenity.

Working with nature

Evan Watterson, Metocean Manager of Royal HaskoningDHV Australia, said: ‘Using a ‘Working with Nature’ approach, our beach nourishment design included innovative pattern placements to mimic natural rhythmic sand bar formations.’

Watterson: ‘We developed the approach as a result of detailed investigations into the long-term morphology at Palm Beach. We adopted this approach to ensure effective sand delivery at the same time as enhancing surfing amenity.’

Much-needed buffer
The Gold Coast Beach Nourishment Project (GCBNP) will increase the volume of sand available along vulnerable sections of coastline, providing a much-needed buffer against future storms and coastal erosion. Together, Palm Beach and the beaches from Miami to Surfers Paradise will receive approximately 3 million cubic meters of sand.

dws-rhdhv-gold-beach-palm-iconic-beach-350px Iconic Palm Beach

More retention of sand
The natural reef focuses wave energy. The design of the artificial reef will harness this focused wave energy, increasing the volume of sand retained along vulnerable sections of Palm Beach.

The shape and orientation of the artificial reef has been designed to consider wave breaking characteristics on the reef and the surrounding shoreline. This is important for the consideration of surfing and beach use.

The artificial reef will be constructed approximately 330 metres offshore, and will be approximately 144 metres in width.

Due for completion in October 2017, the beach nourishment project is already underway using the 111 meter Balder R hopper dredge owned by Danish dredging company Rhode Nielsen.

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

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Time-lapse video of Palm Beach shoreline (by UNSW Sydney)

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Van Oord installs all 87 foundations at Walney offshore wind farm, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26892-van-oord-installs-all-87-foundations-at-walney-offshore-wind-farm-uk.html dws-van-oord-walney-completed-770pxDutch offshore contractor Van Oord has completed the installation of all 87 turbine foundations at the extension of the Walney offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, UK.

Transportation and installation of the foundations was handled by Van Oord’s jack-up vessel Aeolus and crane vessel Svanen and took 4.5 months.

The Walney wind park, located off the coast of Cumbria, is owned by Danish group Dong Energy.

dws-van-oord-walney-crane-svanen-350px  Van Oord's crane vessel Svanen

Specialised equipment
For this extension project in the Irish Sea, Van Oord deployed its 8,000-tonne heavy lift installation vessel Svanen to install 56 monopiles.

The other 31 monopiles, as well as the transition pieces, were installed by offshore installation vessel Aeolus.

The Walney extension project included Aeolus’ first successful floating installation of transition pieces.

dws-van-oord-walney-aeolus-350px Van Oord's Aeolus in jack-up mode

Debut of floating mode
After installation of monopiles and transition pieces in jack-up mode on solid sea bed, the Aeolus switched to its floating mode to finish the remaining transition pieces where the sea bed was less firm.

For its debut in the floating mode, the Aeolus benefited from recent improvement in the accuracy of dynamic positioning to maintain the vessel's exact position in the water within 15 cm.

New milestone
‘With the completion of the Walney extension project, Van Oord has reached a new milestone’, said project manager Floren Verweij at Van Oord.

‘Thanks to the commitment and expertise of the project team, offshore installation vessel Aeolus’s debut in the floating installation of transition pieces has been very successful.’

Dong expects the 659-MW wind farm to begin operations in late 2018.

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

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Sun, 20 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Wavin Group challenges cities to take leadership in stormwater management https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26879-wavin-group-challenges-cities-to-take-leadership-in-stormwater-management.html dws-wavin-whitepaper-storm-water-770px-Supplier of plastic pipes Wavin published a toolkit and a white paper that gives insight into how city leaders, planners, designers and community members can lessen the impact of urban flooding on their cities.

Wavin calls for an ‘Urban storm water resilience movement’ to address surface water gathering in abnormal quantities as a result of heavy rainfall.

Wavin is a Dutch-based manufacturer of plastic pipes and systems and is part of the global pipe system supplier Mexichem.

Huge urban issue
According to Wavin, more needs to be done to educate the public and make sure urban spaces can cope with excessive rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Geertjo van Dijk, European Product Manager Stormwater Management at Wavin, says: ‘Flooding is a huge issue in urban areas across Europe and one that we are forced to address in new ways every single year.’

dws-wavin-whitepaper-wolfsburg-350px   Wavin is involved in the construction of an underground stormwater storage system (top) in Wolfsburg, Germany. The construction will eventually be invisible, underneath a green space (below).

Cooperative effort
‘Gone are the days when managing flooded areas in cities was limited to selecting the right drainage system to get rid of the excess water. Today, a lot of factors need to be taken into account, including the long term impact of any such process on infrastructure and surrounding communities’, Van Dijk adds.

Because of its complexity, Van Dijk believes the issue cannot be left to just the government, municipalities, environmentalists or urban planners.

‘Putting an infrastructure in place to prevent urban flooding has to be a cooperative effort, as well as an individual effort. We – each of us – must make it our personal responsibility to adapt to climate change’, he advocates.

Citizen involvement
Frans van de Ven, urban water management expert at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, supports the initiative.

‘The public can help by being strong ambassadors of managing excessive rainfall or flooding in their neighbourhoods. One way of doing this is attending city planning meetings, and most importantly, speaking up and being heard', Van de Ven endorses.

According to Wavin, its toolkit and white paper comes as Europe braces for what promises to be an active flood season filled with torrential rainstorms that have the potential to cause large-scale damage to urban infrastructure.

dws-wavin-whitepaper-wolfsburg-storage2-350pxTen solutions
To get the conversation going, the toolkit presents ten possible solutions:
#1 Create a ‘sponge city’
#2 Green rooftop gardens
#3 Create flood plains and overflow areas for rivers
#4 Separating rainwater from the sewage system
#5 Install water infiltration and attenuation systems
#6 Keep the sewer system clean, so it can do its job
#7 Sustainable drainage: permeable pavement, sidewalks and gardens
#8 Hope for the best, but plan for the worst
#9 Improve flood warning mechanisms
#10 Take action!

About Wavin
Wavin is a leading supplier of plastic pipe systems and solutions. It provides innovative solutions for above and below ground projects in the following application areas: stormwater management, heating and cooling, water and gas distribution, waste water drainage and cable ducting.

Wavin has a direct presence in over 25 countries with 30+ manufacturing sites, mostly in Europe. In 2012, Wavin became part of Mexichem, one of the biggest producers of plastic pipes and connections worldwide and one of the largest chemical and petrochemical companies in Latin America.

View the full Urban Stormwater Management toolkit and white paper.

This news items was originally published on the website of Wavin Group.

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Video supporting Wavin’s campaign to raise more awareness for improved urban storm water management.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
UK’s flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth docks at jetty in home port of Portsmouth https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26864-uk-s-flagship-hms-queen-elizabeth-docks-at-jetty-in-home-port-of-portsmouth.html dws-volkerstevin-portsmouth-arrival2-770pxRoyal Navy’s flagship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, sailed into her home port of Portsmouth for the first time on 16 August. The ship berthed at the upgraded jetty which will be home to both of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers.

VolkerStevin has designed and rebuild the jetty. Deepening of the port entry for the huge aircraft carriers involved Boskalis Westminster.

dws-volkerstevin-construction-jetty-portsmouth-350px Upgrade of the jetty by VolkerStevin.

Overhanging flight deck
The upgrade by VolkerStevin of the original middle slip jetty was needed as a direct consequence of the size and extent of the overhang of the flight deck beyond the vessel hull.

To be able to accommodate the 65,000 tonne ships, Boskalis Westminster made the port entrance and the inner harbour deep enough to accommodate the 65,000 tonne ships.

A total of 3.2 million cubic metres of sediment, equivalent to 1,280 Olympic swimming pools has been removed.

Infrastructure package
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has worked with VolkerStevin and BAE Systems to deliver the package of infrastructure needed for the carriers.

The jetty upgrade and the dredging was part of a 100 million UK pound infrastructure package by the Royal Navy.

The Royal Navy’s second aircraft carrier in this new class, HMS Prince Charles, is under construction and will soon join the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the jetty in Portsmouth.

This news item is based on press releases by the Royal Navy on the arrival and on the completion of the jetty.

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Arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth at its home port in Portsmouth and berthing at the new jetty for the first time.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Arcadis to design enhanced storm water infrastructure for city of Norfolk, USA https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26841-arcadis-to-design-enhanced-storm-water-infrastructure-for-city-of-norfolk-usa.html dws-arcadis-norfolk-south-brambleton-avenue-770pxConsultancy firm Arcadis has been awarded a 11.6 million US dollar contract by the City of Norfolk, Virginia, to design stormwater infrastructure enhancements to protect Ohio Creek communities against future flooding and continued sea level rise.

The Arcadis-led design phase of the project will run through December 2018 with construction activities scheduled to begin in March 2019.

dws-arcadis-norfolk-stormwater-ohio-creek-scheme-350  Initial study for an improved stormwater scheme for the Ohio Creek Watershed, Norfolk, USA.

Outdated drainage system
Ohio Creek residents are regularly faced with flooding due to an outdated and undersized stormwater system unable to handle heavy loads during major storms.

When major rain storms occur at high tide, the Elizabeth River spills into the stormwater drainage system and prevents rainfall from draining away from neighborhoods.

More natural water storage
A key element of the Arcadis resiliency planning approach is to blend the stormwater infrastructure into the aesthetics and landscape of the community while increasing resilience to future flooding.

Throughout the design phase, solutions will be introduced to manage excess stormwater rather than have it enter the drainage system, such as rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavements that soak up the water, and increased stormwater retention areas such as wetland habitats to naturally store stormwater.

People-focused goals
According to Scott Smith, Coastal Resiliency Manager for the City of Norfolk his city did not select Arcadis just because it’s staffed with experts who understand the flooding challenges and bring innovative and sustainable ideas to the table. ‘But also because they believe in what we are trying to accomplish — a resilient coastal community for the future.’

‘Our aligned vision and people-focused goals aim to develop a thriving, historic waterfront community that doesn’t just adapt to the risk of rising sea levels and changing climates, but learns to live with water for an improved quality of life’, said Smith.

dws-arcadis-norfolk-aerial-350Model coastal city
‘The City of Norfolk is leading the charge to define innovative resiliency and adaptation by reinventing themselves as the model coastal city of the future’, said Arcadis Water President John McCarthy.

‘By applying our leading-edge techniques for water management, landscape architecture, flood protection and urban design, Arcadis is playing a key role in making this aspiration a reality.’

Urban fabric of the community
The city’s Office of Resilience selected Arcadis to design water management solutions that integrate into the urban fabric of the community, which may include the following:
● developing a heightened shoreline protection system to prevent high river waters from spilling into neighborhoods and flowing into the stormwater system.
● minimizing shoreline erosion by creating a living shoreline, using rock breakwater and vegetation to decrease wave energy during coastal flooding events while providing ecological habitat and recreational use, such as fishing.
● raising of several roadways to ensure access to the neighborhood during storms and to keep approximately 450 homes out of the path of flood waters.
● capturing and storage of rainfall via residential rain barrels and rain gardens to slow its flow to the stormwater system and subsequently reduce drainage system overflow and flooding.

The city received a 115 million US dollar grant to transform the Ohio Creek Watershed. The grant followed a winning application to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for funding through its 1 billion dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

dws-arcadis-norfolk-dutch-dialogue-350px  Dutch dialogue in June 2015 where Dutch and US experts talked about integrated solutions for flood risk mitigation in Norfolk.

Dutch dialogue
The application was inspired by the outcome of a Dutch dialogue that took place in June 2015 on the integrated mitigation of flood risks in the Tidewater District of Norfolk.

This workshop hosted a contingent of Dutch urban designers, engineers and architects for a week of in-depth immersion into flooding issues, meeting a wide variety of local engineers, officials and urban planners.

Other US cities
Arcadis has successfully undertaken several high-profile water management projects throughout the U.S., including the design of 2.4 miles of innovative flood protection for New York City, the comprehensive assessment of San Francisco’s Mission Creek and reducing the risks to communities in New Orleans against future hurricanes and severe weather events via an enhanced flood protection system.

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

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Dutch Dialogues Virginia

Report by Norfolk TV on the Dutch dialogue that took place in Norfolk in June 2015 on a multi-faceted, multi-agency, multi-resource approach to life at sea level.

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0200