Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Royal Netherlands Navy world’s first to install USCG-approved ballast water treatment system https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26277-royal-netherlands-navy-world-s-first-to-install-uscg-approved-ballast-water-treatment-system.html dws-goltens-nl-navy-bwt-de-witt-770pxThe Royal Netherlands Navy has achieved the distinction of becoming the world’s first Navy to install a USCG approved ballast water treatment (BWT) system, fitting two Optimarin units on-board the vessel Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt.

Dutch engineering specialist Goltens Green Technologies completed the installation at the Navy Yard in Den Helder last month.

Turnkey installation
The project is part of a ten-vessel agreement between Goltens and the Dutch Navy, which will see turnkey installations of the Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) across a selection of advanced, specialist ships.

Goltens project manager Maarten Romijn said: ‘Space on this vessel was at a premium, so, after thorough 3D scanning, we exploited the modular nature of the Optimarin system to plan for an optimal installation, before starting pre-fabrication of the piping and electrical components.’

‘We then made a large transport opening in the ship’s hull’, continued Romijn, ‘to move the system and all related parts into the pump room.’

dws-goltens-nl-navy-bwt-retrofit-350px  Equipment for the retrofit brought aboard Dutch navy vessel Zr.Ms. Johan de Witt.

Goltens fitted two OBS units, with one 1500m3/h system and one 500m3/h unit. Boasting a combination of automatic back flushing, self-cleaning filters (Boll & Kirch) and powerful 35 kW UV lamps, the systems have the capacity to neutralise all potentially invasive species in ballast water.

Goltens and Optimarin have retrofitted OBS units on around 100 vessels globally. In total, Optimarin has now sold more than 500 OBS systems, with over 300 installed and operational worldwide.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) adopted an international convention for the control and management of ships' ballast water and sediments (BWM Convention) that will enter into force on 8 September 2017.

In March 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard published a rule to establish a federal ballast water treatment standard for vessels operating in U.S. waters.

The rule represents the most environmentally protective standard (D-2) that could be achieved using commercially available shipboard ballast water treatment technologies.

About Goltens
Goltens Group is a leading provider of specialized repair, maintenance and reconditioning services and supplier of engineering components for the global shipping industry, offshore marine installations, industrial plants and power stations.

Goltens offers ship-owners, managers and OEMs comprehensive worldwide service from over 25 locations in 14 countries across the globe, and serves over 3,000 clients each year.

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

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Spijkenisse, the Netherlands
+31 181 465 109

Impression of a ballast water treatment retrofit on the Konstantin Jacob, a product tanker.


Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Royal HaskoningDHV signs major wastewater contract in Vietnam https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26475-royal-haskoningdhv-signs-major-wastewater-contract-in-vietnam.html dws-vietnam-wastewatercontract-rhdhvDutch-based consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV in Vietnam has signed a € 9.5 million contract with the Ba Ria Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development Company (BUSADCO) to implement a complete wastewater solution for over 175,000 residents of Phu My New Urban Area near Ho Chi Minh City.

The project will deliver sanitation for residents and industries whose wastewater is currently discharged untreated, resulting in high levels of environmental pollution. The Dutch Government is financing the project as part of its Facility for Infrastructure Development (ORIO programme) in developing countries.

The sewage plant will use Royal HaskoningDHV's Carrousel® technology for the biological treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater. The new plant will have a treatment capacity of almost 30,000 m3/day.

Connecting households
The project also includes the construction of four pumping stations, over 100km of pipeline network and the connection of

dws-vietnam-wastewatercontract-rhdhv-wtpimpression Artist impression of Phu My Waste Water Treatment Plant

15,000 households and over 1,000 small-and medium-sized enterprises. During the operation and maintenance phase the team will also provide technical assistance and staff training.
Dr. Hoang Duc Thao, the Chairman cum General Director of BUSADCO said: "The construction of a complete wastewater collection and treatment system for Phu My New Urban Area has become an urgent issue and the first priority for economic and social development of Ba Ria Vung Tau Province."

Speaking following the signing ceremony Doan Manh Thang, Royal HaskoningDHV’s Director Water Vietnam said: “We are proud to have been awarded this prestigious contract. Since we started to define the needs for proper sanitation in this area, all stakeholders have been focussed on making this project happen. We have worked closely with BUSADCO, the People’s Committee of Ba Ria Vung Tau and the Dutch Government to define, design and now to implement this much needed solution.

“The environmental benefits will be visible in a significantly improved water quality in the area’s lakes, canals and Thi Vai river and will result in better living conditions for residents. It will also help small and medium enterprises to protect the quality of the environment around their businesses.”

Improving living conditions
The wastewater solution for Phu My is the third ORIO funded project in Vietnam that Royal HaskoningDHV will implement. Together these projects will improve the living conditions of some 400,000 people. ORIO, the Dutch Governments Facility for Infrastructure Development encourages public-infrastructure development in developing countries.

The project also adds to the company’s growing number of environmental improvement schemes in Vietnam; of which ten are ongoing. The project is expected to be completed by December 2019.

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Royal HaskoningDHV
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+ 31 088 348 20 00

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Call for SME’s to pitch innovative DOC removal solutions at Aquatech Amsterdam 2017 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26413-call-for-sme-s-to-pitch-innovative-doc-removal-solutions-at-aquatech-amsterdam-2017.html dws-doc2-challenge-poster-770pxThe DOC2C’s consortium invites SME’s that have developed innovative products for the removal of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to enter their pitch of innovative DOC solutions at the Aquatech Amsterdam trade fair 2017.

DOC2C´s is an Interreg project that started four years ago to accelerate innovation in the drinking water treatment with a focus on DOC/removal.

On 1 November the consortium organises the DOC challenge at the Aquatech Amsterdam trade fair. Winners will be given the opportunity to test their products at test facilities of the consortium partners.

dws-doc2-logo-350pxMore efficient removal
For their DOC Challenge the consortium is looking for SME’s that have developed innovative products that will help to reach a more efficient DOC removal from drinking water supplies, which is a growing problem globally.

A jury of international water professionals will select the best pitches for the DOC challenge.

After the pitches, selected SME’s will get the opportunity to test their DOC removal related products at water treatment testing facilities.

The organisers are looking for any innovations related to DOC, such as water quality analyzers for DOC, UVT, DBP’s and streaming current, as well as technologies for DOC removal, etc.

Please send an email (200 words maximum) describing your product and attach a product brochure or website to info@doc2cs.com before 1 August.

Date: 1 November
Time: 13.30 – 16.00 hrs
Venue: Aquatech Amsterdam

About DOC2C´s
In 2015, the DOC2C’s project, an Interreg 2 Seas project of 4 years started. The main objective of this project is to significantly improve and accelerate innovation in drinking water treatment with the focus on DOC-removal by collaboration within the 2 Seas region (the Channel and North Sea).

The DOC2C’s consortium, consists of PWNT (NL), South West Water (UK), De Watergroep (BE), Lille University (FR) and Delft University of Technology (NL).

The project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and has a total of 241 million euro, to co-finance projects during this period.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
MARIN reveals concept of a floating multifunctional mega island https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26417-marin-reveals-concept-of-a-floating-multifunctional-mega-island.html dws-marin-scale-model-floating-island-waals-770pxMaritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin) revealed a new concept for a floating mega island. The institute tested the concept in one of its basins for offshore scale models.

The concept consists of 87 large floating triangles that are connected flexibly to each other. Together they form a flexible floating island that can reach 1 to 5 kilometers in reality for accommodating housing, ports, farms or parks on sea.

dws-marin-floating-island-impression-305px  Impression of a real scale mega island that can function as a transhipment port, and generate renewable energy at the same time.

Best possible design
The 6x8 m sized model that is made of wood and polystyrene, was laid out on 12 July in the institute’s test basin to simulate the impact of wind, waves and storms.

Marin hopes to learn more about the best way to construct such an artificial island, such as the connections of the elements and its connection to the seabed.

One focus area is the ability on the island to generate and storing sustainable energy from offshore wind, tidal energy, wave energy and floating solar panels.

Increasing interest for floatable islands
Olaf Waals (on top photo), project manager and designer of the concept: ‘In a time of sea rise, overpopulated cities and an increasing number of activities at sea, raising dikes and spraying of sand may not be the most effective solution. Floating ports and cities are an innovative alternative that fits the Dutch maritime tradition.’

About Marin
The Maritime research institute Netherlands is a leading institute for hydrodynamic research and maritime technology.

It is a service provider for the shipbuilding and offshore industry and governments, incorporate simulation, model testing, full-scale measurements and training programmes.

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

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World’s first floating city to be developed in French Polynesia, 22 February 2017
Ocean Cleanup enters new stage with model experiments in test basins of Marin and Deltares, the Netherlands, 23 November 2015
Deltas 2014: Concept of floating cities grabs imagination at international congress on river deltas, 26 September 2014

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Maritime research institute Netherlands (Marin)
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 493 911

Video of the testing at MARIN of the scale model of a floating mega island.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
BAM Nutall’s first wind turbine foundation floats to North Sea https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26358-bam-nutall-s-first-wind-turbine-foundation-floats-to-north-sea.html dws-bam-blyth-gravity-base-first2-770pxThe first of five floatable wind turbine foundations has left its construction dock on the Tyne river on route to its final destination, the Blyth wind farm on the North Sea.

Here the first concrete gravity based foundation (GBF) will be positioned and submerged onto the seabed to provide the foundation for the installation of a wind turbine. It will be the first time this ‘float and submerge’ method will be used for offshore wind turbines.

The foundation left the Neptune dry dock on 11 July. It is designed and build by Royal BAM Group and the technology has been developed in close cooperation with Van Oord.

dws-bam-blyth-gravity-base-tug-350px  The first concrete gravity based foundation (GBF) on its way to the North Sea.

Five wind turbines
Over the past 12 months BAM Nutall has been constructing the five 60 meters high concrete structures. Each GBF is made up of more than 1,800 m3 of concrete and weighs over 15,000 tonnes when fully installed on the seabed of the wind park.

EDF Energy Renewables is building the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm that will see five MHI Vestas V164 wind turbines with a total generating capacity of 41.5 MW installed, some 6,5 km off the coast of Blyth, near Newcastle, UK.

Once the GBFs are put into position over the summer, specialist contractor VBMS will start laying the inter array cables that will connect the individual wind turbines.

dws-bam-blyth-gravity-base-dock-350px Dry dock Neptune along the Tyne river where all five GBFs are being build by BAM.

Unique design
EDF ER Chief Executive Matthieu Hue said: ‘This ground-breaking scheme will benefit the North East of England and help the UK to meet its future low carbon electricity needs.’

‘The GBFs are held in place by gravity and this unique design reduces the need to use expensive marine equipment for the installation on the sea bed’, Hue added.

Engineering excellence
Divisional Director at BAM Nuttall Scotland and the North of England, Gareth Farrier said: ‘Bam Nuttall and the wider BAM group are delighted to be supporting EDF Energy Renewables on this demonstrator project, through both the opportunity to deliver innovation and engineering excellence in overcoming the many design and construction challenges.’

This news item was originally published on the website of EDF Energy Renewables.

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Fugro to perform seabed surveys at 660MW wind farm off Cumbria coast, UK, 15 March 2016
Country: United Kingdom

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BAM Nutall
Chamberley, UK
+44 1276 63 484

3D offshore animation demonstrating the installation procedure for concrete gravity foundations.

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Super waves put old asphalt levee strips to the test at Deltares https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26282-super-waves-put-old-asphalt-levee-strips-to-the-test-at-deltares.html dws-deltares-flume-asphalt-770pxThe Delta Flume at Dutch-based research institute Deltares was the location for the first storm test on 47-year old asphalt taken from an original Dutch sea levee.

Trials started on 10 July and are being conducted in the enormous flume – which is 300m long, 9.5m deep and 5m wide – to find out when a levee with an old asphalt revetment fails after being battered by strong waves.

dws-deltares-flume-asphalt-strips2-350px  The 8 m long asphalt strips collected from a 47 year old sea levee (also see the inserted black strips on top photo of the Delta flume).

Storm test
Strips of the original asphalt were transported from the coast to Deltares specially for the flume test. The battering with the extreme waves must show whether the asphalt in place now will be strong enough in the decades to come, or whether it needs replacing.

Some hundreds of kilometres of levee in the Netherlands are covered with asphalt; the storm test could be relevant for many of those levees and save millions.

Current models
Hydraulic engineer Paul van Steeg at Deltares: ‘Asphalt is a strong material for levee revetments but we are not entirely sure how strong asphalt is when it is 30-50 years old.’

‘So that is what this test in the Delta Flume will tell us’, says Van Steeg. ‘We will be able to say whether the asphalt will be up to standard for longer than we assume in our current models.’

Ten strips of asphalt of 8 m long and 50 cm wide, have been supplied by regional water authority Wetterskip Fryslân who maintains the particular sea levee.

dws-deltares-flume-asphalt-cutting-350px Collection of the asphalt strips from the original sea levee earlier this year.

Upgrading asphalt levees
On the occasion of the start of the flume test, Jan Hateboer of Wetterskip Fryslân highlights the importance of study. ‘In the Netherlands, we have about 300 kilometres of levee with asphalt that can benefit from the results. A quarter of our levees will be upgraded in the years to come.’

‘If the test shows that the asphalt is still strong enough’, Hateboer continues, ‘ those upgrade operations can be postponed. That will allow us to work in smarter and more efficient ways and to control our costs because the Netherlands is now planning for the largest levee upgrade operation ever.’

Stricter flood safety standards
The test will cost 2.6 million euro and it is being fully financed by the National Flood Protection Programme, a joint initiative involving national public work authority Rijkswaterstaat and all regional Dutch water authorities.

The Netherlands are facing the largest dike reinforcement task in the country’s history. Due to stricter safety standards adopted by the Dutch government, 1,100 km of dikes have failed to pass the safety tests and will require repairs and maintenance by the year 2028.

To achieve this goal, the current levee reinforcement needs a boost and projects have to be realised quicker and cheaper. Dutch knowledge institutes and the civil engineering sector has been challenged by the National Flood Protection Programme (HWBP) to come up with innovative solutions.

This news item was originally published on the website of Deltares and Regional Water Authority Wetterskip Fryslan (in Dutch only).

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New Dutch 20 billion euros flood programme introduces risk-based standards for 2050, 17 September 2014

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 88 335 82 73

National Flood Protection Programme (HWBP)
Utrecht, the Netherlands
+31 88 797 32 70

Regional Water Authority Wetterskip Fryslân
Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
+31 58 292 22 22

Flume test at Deltares with strips of 47-year old asphalt revetment.


Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Tunnel section Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge completed https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26215-tunnel-section-hong-kong-zhuhai-macao-bridge-completed.html dws-tec-hzmb-bridge-submerge-tunnel-island-770px-1The underground tunnel section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge was completed on 7 July, marking the end of construction of the main structure for the world's longest and deepest underwater tunnel.

The tunnel is 6,7 km long and is 48 meters under water in the Pearl River Estuary. The tunnel is part of a 22.9 km long sea bridge that now connects the three cities. The bridge part was already completed in September last year.

The Dutch-based Tunnel Engineering Consultant (TEC) provided the HZMB Administrative Authority with international specialist support regarding the design, construction, and operation & maintenance of the tunnel and the artificial islands.

dws-tec-hzmb-bridge-submerge-tunnel-ceremony-350px  Ceremony on 7 July marked the completion of the tunnel section of the 22.9 km long combined bridge & tunnel sea crossing of the Pearl River Estuary.

Immersed tunnel
The tunnel is comprised of 33 immersed sections linked by one 6,500-metric-ton butt joint in the middle.

The main reasons for selecting the immersed tunnel option - over a bored tunnel option - were the poor geotechnical conditions with related risks and the wide double 3 lane road layout that had to be accommodated with an adequate operational safety level.

Transition from bridge to tunnel
Two artificial islands mark the transition from the bridge sections of the link and entrances to the immersed tunnel underneath the main navigational channel.

Construction of these islands posed a significant challenge to the project in terms of foundation engineering, hurricane protection and construction scheduling.

An innovative solution for fast construction was developed. Large diameter steel cylinders were vibrated into the soft soils forming a temporary sea defense and a confined area for reclaiming the core with sand.

dws-tec-hzmb-bridge-submerge-tunnel-350px Transport and immersion of one of the 33 tunnel elements.

About TEC
Tunnel Engineering Consultants (TEC) is a permanent joint venture partnership between leading international engineering consultants Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos.

Since the start in 1988, the partnership has delivered design and construction solutions to the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden, the Busan Geoje Link in South Korea, and the 32 km connection between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao in China.

This news item is based on the original publication on the website of TEC.

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Country: China

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Tunnel Engineering Consultants (TEC)
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+31 88 348 25 40

Completion ceremony of the 6.7 km tunnel section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge on 7 July.


Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Urbanisten and RAAAF awarded prestigious European prize for architecture https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26201-urbanisten-and-raaaf-awarded-prestigious-european-prize-for-architecture.html dws-rotthier-pirze-van-benthemplein2-770pxTwo Dutch landscape architecture firms have been awarded with the Philippe Rotthier Prize 2017 for their designs of structures closely linked to urban water.

The Urbanisten received the first prize in the category ‘water and the town’ for their design of an iconic water square in Rotterdam. RAAAF won in the category ‘water and memory’ for their design of a sliced up military bunker.

dws-rotthier-pirze-logo2017-350px-1  The 2017-edition called for designs of structures related to urban water.

2017 edition on water
Founded by the Belgian architect Phillipe Rotthier in 1982, the prize rewards works of collective and cultural value with regional roots and using natural and sustainable materials that draw on the genius of the European town and a dialogue with the past and with history.

The 2017 edition of the prize is a reward for architecture, urban projects and developments closely linked to water and its uses, in six categories.

Water and the town
The Urbanisten designed a water square in Rotterdam as three basins that normally function as recreational space for the neighbourhood.

In case of long or heavy rains, two undeep basins start to collect rain water first. A third, deeper, basin receives water only when it consistently keeps raining. Here the water is collected from the larger area around the square.

Rainwater is transported via large stainless steel gutters into the basins. The gutters are special features, they are oversized steel elements fit for skaters.

Two other special features bring storm water on to the square: a water wall and a rain well. Both dramatically gush the rain water visibly onto the square.

The buffered rain water gradually seeps back into ground water. This relieves the storm water drainage system and prevents a mix of the relatively clean rain water with the black sewage water.

Water and memory 
The Bunker 599, designed by RAAAF, is a monument that is part of the New Dutch Waterline, a military defence line originally designed to hold back enemy armies by inundation of large part of the country. The defence line included over 45 fortress, many levees and some 700 bunkers.

The Bunker 599 has been sliced open and shows the interior. In a radical way this intervention sheds new light on the Dutch cultural heritage of its military history. In addition, a long wooden boardwalk cuts through the extremely heavy construction. It leads visitors to a flooded area and to the footpaths of the adjacent natural reserve. This makes people to look at the surroundings in a new way.

The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Brussels on 14 October, followed by the inauguration of the exhibition of the prizewinning and mentioned works.

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New innovative water square combines leisure and storm water storage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 8 December 2013
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Philippe Rotthier prize
c/o CIVA Foundation
Brussel, Belgium

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

RAAAF - Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 776 82 73

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Van Oord contracted to keep approach channel up to dept to Kandla port, India https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26186-van-oord-contracted-to-keep-approach-channel-up-to-dept-to-kandla-port-india.html dws-van-oord-kandla-port2-770pxDredging company Van Oord has won a contract to keep the approach channel to the port of Kandla, India, up to depth for the next three years. The approach channel is a crucial gateway to the port of Kandla, which is one of the major ports in western India.

The contract was awarded by Kandla Port Trust (KPT). The dredging activities will commence in July 2017.

Improving accessibility
The Indian port of Kandla is strategically located in the north-west of India with good hinterland connections.

Improving the accessibility of the port will contribute to international and local trade and facilitate economic growth in the region.

dws-van-oord-kandla-volvox-350px Van Oord's trailing suction hopper dredger Volvox Delta will be deployed at the port of Kandla.

Track record in India
Van Oord has an extensive track record in India. ‘We are very happy to win this project after having successfully completed several other projects in the Kandla area’, says Ton van der Burg, South West Asia Area Manager. ‘We are looking forward to being of service to our client again’.

Minimum impact
Trailing suction hopper dredgers Volvox Delta and Volvox Asia will be deployed to maintain the channel and berth approaches.

During execution, Van Oord’s dredging activities will have a minimum impact on the busy maritime transport route. The dredged material will be deposited in a designated area at sea.

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

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Van Oord signs agreement on construction deep-water port Porto Central, Brazil, 14 October 2016
New Suez Canal project finished with record-breaking dredge production, 6 August 2015
Country: India

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Van Oord
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 826 00 00

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
WASH SDG consortium receives 59 million for projects in seven Asian and African countries https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26150-wash-sdg-consortium-receives-59-million-for-projects-in-seven-asian-and-african-countries.html dws-wash-sdg-consortium-ghana-770pxThe WASH SDG Consortium has been granted 59 million euro by the Dutch government for its joint programme to implement water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

This programme aims to sustainably improve access to and use of sanitation plus hygiene behaviour for at least 2 million people. Additionally, it will deliver access to safe drinking water for at least 450,000 people in the coming five years.

The consortium includes most major Dutch water-aid specialised organizations, such as Simavi (lead), Plan, SNV, Amref Flying Doctors, Akvo, Rain, Waste, IRC, Wetlands, Practica and RUAF.

dws-wash-sdg-consortium-women-350pxLarge scale collaboration
It is for the first time that the government and aid organizations cooperate on such a large scale to create water facilities and services that include sustainable, climate resilient, gender sensitive and socially inclusive.

In response to the adaption by the UN in 2015 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the Dutch government decided to contribute with the provision of safe water and clean toilets for respectively 30 million and 50 million people.

By bringing in almost the whole Dutch water sector, the WASH SDG Consortium will contribute to realise this target in an effective and efficient way.

Leaving no one behind
Ariette Brouwer, managing director of Simavi, lead organisation of the WASH SDG Consortium: ‘I am delighted that we have brought together so much Dutch knowledge to tackle the water and sanitation issues many underprivileged communities are facing.’

Brouwer emphasised the social inclusion of the programme: 'Together with our partners in the WASH SDG Consortium we aim to reach an improved WASH situation for all, following the SDG mission of leaving no one behind.’

‘This includes the hard to reach households, the poorest of the poor and those living in remote or slum areas, and both men and women’, Brouwer said.

dws-wash-sdg-consortium-toilets-350pxLong-term presence
The WASH SDG programme will be implemented in seven countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

These countries all have significant numbers of people with poor access to and use of WASH services, either in rural areas or in densely populated areas with uncontrolled urbanisation and deteriorating water security.

In all these countries the consortium members have long-term presence and ongoing WASH programmes, as well as established influence at the national level.

The WASH SDG Consortium also commits itself to ensure that for every euro invested in WASH by the Dutch government, one euro is contributed locally, through for instance investments by local households, private sector and local and national governments.

This news item was originally published on the website of Wash Alliance, Plan Nederland (in Dutch only) and Simavi

(top photo by Simavi/Raymond Rutting)

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SDG 6 for water and sanitation: Some heavy lifting to do, 10 March 2015
Stockholm World Water Week 2016: Dutch delegation to launch programme on sustainable water use, 25 August 2016
The Netherlands is fully committed to next leap forward on sustainable development goals, 27 September 2015
Stockholm world water week 2015: Let’s accelerate WASH, let’s do it differently, 27 August 2015

More information
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 88 313 15 00

Wash Alliance International
Haarlem, the Netherlands

Plan Nederland
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 549 55 20

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Flood prevention marks MoU Human Cities Coalition with Malabon city, Manilla, the Philippines https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26132-flood-prevention-marks-mou-human-cities-coalition-with-malabon-city-manilla-the-philippines.html dws-hcc-malabon-slums-mou-drainage-canal-770pxAdequate drainage is one of issues in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the Human Cities Coalition signed with the Malabon city government in Manilla, the Philippines on 29 June.

The signing marked the starting point – by identifying and developing innovative urbanization programmes – for improving the lives of locals living in slums of Malabon.

dws-hcc-malabon-slums-mou-signing-350px  Signing of the MoU in Manila by honourable Antolin A. Oreta II (Mayor of Malabon) and Ronald Lenz (Director, HCC).

Flood prone
Malabon is part of the metropole of Manilla, the Philippines. It is a flat densely populated city, situated near the coast at the end of a large river. This makes it prone to flooding.

The city is currently in the middle of implementing a city development plan, which aims to sustain community development by focusing on poverty reduction, socioeconomic and environmental development, infrastructure development and disaster risk reduction.

Liveable megacities
The Human Cities Coalition is a new Dutch non-profit public-private partnership, initiated by a group of companies, that wants to make megacities in the emerging world more humane.

The MoU with Malabon City, marks the first official partnership by Human Cities Coalition with a local government.

Both parties agreed to address issues identified by the community, such as access to electricity, land and housing tenure, access to clean drinking water and adequate drainage.

dws-hcc-malabon-flood-2013-2-350px Torrential rains regularly flood the streets in Malabon city, Manila, as here seen in August 2013.

Innovation workshop
During a two-day HCC innovation workshop, local companies, SMEs, financial experts, community members, and government representatives gathered and worked towards designing solutions for two issues: electricity and land tenure.

Given the noticeable thematic overlap, Malabon City stated it is proud to be HCC’s first official local government partner.

HCC selected two mega-cities to begin its work: Manila and Jakarta. Both cities suffer regularly from floods, caused by heavy rainfall.

Their impact is worsened by the fact that slum dwellers dump their waste in the waterways, causing obstructions and further flooding.

Many slum settlements are situated close to the water and are therefore most vulnerable to flooding.

About Human Cities Coalition
The Human Cities Coalition is a public-private partnership of organizations from business, government, NGOs and academia dedicated to making cities in the emerging world more inclusive and sustainable.

In particular for people living in slums, it aims to design inclusive processes to build sustainable urban infrastructure and business cases that meet the many planning challenges megacities face. And for which they are often unprepared.

This news item was originally published on the website of Human Cities Coalition.

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FlexBase to realize floating platform for low-cost housing in Laguna Lake, Manila, Philippines, 5 October 2015
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Dutch experts assess flood risk reduction options for devastated Tacloban city, the Philippines, 16 July 2014
Country: The Philippines

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Human Cities Coalition
Utrecht, the Netherlands

Video presentation on the envisioned partnership between government, communities and business to improving the lives of locals living in slums of Malabon.

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Tocardo earns accreditation for 1.4 MW tidal energy at European Marine Energy Centre, Scotland https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26117-tocardo-earns-accreditation-for-1-4-mw-tidal-energy-at-european-marine-energy-centre-scotland.html dws-tocardo-emec-accreditation-770px
UK regulator Ofgem has granted accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme for 1.4MW tidal energy delivered by Tocardo at the European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney Islands, Scotland.

Dutch-based tidal energy turbine supplier Tocardo installed a Temporary Foundation System at the grid-connected tidal test site earlier this year.

Ofgem supervises the RO-scheme and issues certificates to operators based on the amount of electricity they generate from renewable resources for a period of 20 years.

dws-tocardo-emec-impression-350px  Impression of the temporary foundation system with underneath the tidal energy turbine.

Large scale roll out
With this deployment at the EMEC site and accreditation from Ofgem, Tocardo feels it is ready for large scale roll-out of its generic solution for tidal energy production.

Hans van Breugel, CEO of Tocardo Tidal Power: ‘We are very pleased the project has been granted. With this accreditation under this renewable support scheme for the EMEC project, a commercial business case has been secured’.

‘Tocardo is ready to become one of the larger inward investment companies into the marine energy sector, with a strong operational and production base in Scotland and Wales’, Van Breugel added.

dws-tocardo-emec-eu-delegation-350px The Orkney’s Ocean Energy Days at EMEC tidal test site, on 28 and 29 June, were attended by a EU delegation that also visited Tocardo’s Temporary Foundation System.

The next deployments are foreseen in Wales and Canada at the Fundy Ocean Resource Centre for Energy (Force) and Petit Passage locations.

20-year commercial project
The TFS device was fabricated by Damen and previously installed in 2015 off the Dutch island of Texel.

Featuring a T2 turbine for preliminary testing, the deployment to the EMEC this year went very smoothly and started Tocardo’s planned 20-year commercial demonstration project.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Tocardo and EMEC.

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Tocardo Tidal Power kicks off demo project at EMEC test site, Orkney, Scotland, 21 February 2017
Tocardo enters on floating turbine project in tidal-power 'holy grail' of Bay of Fundy, Canada, 23 August 2016
Tidal power plant in Dutch Eastern Scheldt surge barrier put into service, 27 November 2015

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Den Oever, the Netherlands
+31 227 726 200

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Boskalis takes new mega cutter Helios into service https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26108-boskalis-takes-new-mega-cutter-helios-into-service.html dws-boskalis-helios-at-sea-770pxBoskalis Westminster has named and christened its new mega cutter Helios during a festive ceremony in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 1 July.

The Helios is the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger Boskalis has ever developed.

dws-boskalis-helios-cutter-head-350px  Testing of the cutter head, developed to dredge in extremely hard ground.

Extremely hard ground
The self-propelled vessel is 152 meters long and has a total installed power of almost 24,000 kW, including a total pumping capacity of 15,600 kW and a maximum cutter power of 7,000 kW.

The cutter dredger was developed to dredge in extremely hard ground. The cutter ladder weighs 2,060 tons, making it the heaviest in the world.

The Helios will be deployed for dredging activities related to the development of the port of Duqm in Oman.

Construction sister vessel underway
Earlier this year Boskalis Westminster ordered a second self-propelled mega cutter that is now being built by contractor Royal IHC.

The new sister vessel on the CSD Helios is expected to be commissioned in the course of 2020.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Boskalis Westminster and Royal IHC.

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Boskalis ordered new self-propelled megacutter from IHC Merwede, 27 November 2013

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Papendrecht, the Netherlands 
+31 78 696 90 00 


Mon, 03 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Uduma Mali granted to start 15-year operation of 1,400 manual pumps in Sikasso, Mali https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26080-uduma-mali-granted-to-start-15-year-operation-of-1-400-manual-pumps-in-sikasso-mali.html dws-a4a-mali-pumps-vergnet2-770px

Uduma Mali, a subsidiary of pump supplier Vergnet-Hydro France, has been granted 3 million euro by the Dutch government for a project to replace and repair 1,400 manual water pumps in the Sikasso region in Southern Mali.

Uduma takes responsibility for the operation and maintenance of these pumps for 15 years.

dws-a4a-mali-pumps-vergnet-350px Once a pump is placed, repaired or replaced, it has to remain in service for at least 15 years.

Large scale servicing project
Two million euro of the Dutch grant accounts for 50 percent of the investment to get the project started, and matched with a 2 million investment from Vergnet Hydro.

An additional one million is granted to develop the business opportunities, to create the foreseen public-private-partnership with the Mali government and to invest in an additional monitoring as this project considered a catalyst for other countries and donors.

Dutch matchmaking organisation, Aqua for All, played a central role in the architecture of this large scale servicing project.

Other Dutch partners
ICT-organisation Akvo supports the project with a web-based mapping service as the pumps will be installed with data loggers and sms alert facilities.

SNV-Mali is the local supporting NGO who is intermediary between all stakeholders.

Uduma Mali has committed itself to increase both efficiency and performance, signing a performance contract that promises to repair a pump within 72 hours, instead of the usual average of 250 days.

Competent authority DNH will monitor the centralized database on the use of the boreholes and the actual water consumption.

dws-a4a-mali-pumps-vergnet2-350pxPre-paid tags
Each village water point will be provided with pre-paid tags for community members they can use to pay for water when they collect it. Local communities will sign the 15 year operation & maintenance contract with Uduma Mali. 

In Vergnet Hydro’s Uduma model, water service management is delegated to a private operator based on the provision to sell the water service at an average price of 0,75 euro per cubic meter,

Furthermore, the operator is committed to the operation for at least 15 years and to guaranteed continuity of service (with the mentioned maximum breakdown period of 72 hours).

Sharp decrease of water price
It is expected that the water price for a jerry can will go down from 25 to 10 FFCFA franc per jerry can. The sales-tariff is with 0,75 euro/m3 below the rural national tariff ceiling of 1 euro/m3.

This PPP concept, driven by a private technology supplier, is replicable for any donor driven Hand pump program as it reduces the need for grants while it increases the effectiveness of the grant in functionality of an affordable and accessible service from 3 year’s lifetime to 15 year’s lifetime.

This news item was originally published on the website of Aqua for All.

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Country: Mali

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Aqua for All
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 351 97 25

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 820 01 75

The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 344 02 44

Ingre, France

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
AIWW Conference: Real cases and workshops on how to replumb cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26032-aiww-conference-real-cases-and-workshops-on-how-to-replumb-cities.html dws-aiww2017-programma-batten2-770px‘Regard storm water as an asset not as a nuisance. Turn it into an asset. If you replumb your city, you can make it cooler’, says John Batten, Global Cities Director at consultancy firm Arcadis.

At the launch of the conference program of the Amsterdam International Water Week, Batten (on top photo) showcased an impressive number of global cities, such as San Francisco, Singapore, Wuhan, Melbourne and Philadelphia, that have started to tone down the grey and bring in the green.

The program of the AIWW conference was launched in Amsterdam on 23 June.

dws-aiww2017-programme-silvis-350px On behalf of the organizers, NWP managing director Lennart Silvis challenged the international water sector to come to Amsterdam and create real breakthroughs.

Many case sessions
Mayors, CEOs, investors, policy makers and leading experts have been invited to come to Amsterdam on 31 October and 1 November for a joint search for new opportunities in urban water management that meet the demands of a world with nine billion people by 2050.

This issue will be addressed in 18 real case sessions and 9 workshops in which participants will be challenged to create real breakthroughs in urban water management.

The kick-off meeting addressed the two main topics of the conference were addressed: urban climate adaptation and the circular economy.

Enthusiastic citizens
In his introduction on urban water management, John Batten also mentioned the changing attitude in his hometown, New York. The city has earmarked 1.5 billion dollar for a new, greener, infrastructure. Landscape designers have been brought in to challenge the asphalt jungle.

According to Batten, the city has been also been successful in engaging its citizens. He says block associations are now competing to have the most green infrastructure installed.

dws-aiww2017-programma-loosdrecht-350px Professor Mark van Loosdrecht discussed the circular economy, calling for the recovery of products with the highest market value.

Product recovery from waste water
The other main topic at the AIWW Conference will be the circular economy.

Preluding on the conference, Professor Mark van Loosdrecht of Delft University of Technology mentioned that the recovery of energy and product from waste water is no longer theoretical. 

By using membrane technology it is possible to create a permeate of clean water and a concentrate that contains all potential products for recovery.

According to Van Loosdrecht waste water treatment requires a new mindset. All current efforts are focused on the discharge regulations and operators that need to stay below certain effluent concentrations. Instead, in his view, when it comes down to recovery, the process control should focus on a certain concentration range.

dws-aiww2017-programma-kruize-350px Also on behalf of the organisers, Roelof Kruize, CEO of Amsterdam water utilityWaternet, highlighted the programme and invited industry, utilities and authorities to rethink solutions and accelerate the move from a linear water supply to a circular.

Recovery for the highest value
Recovered products have to compete with existing products, so their quality is crucial, Van Loosdrecht said.

His advice is to recover products with the highest value. He mentioned the example of iron phosphate. ‘Iron phosphate is used in batteries and has a high market value. Why not recover phosphate in this form?’

The AIWW Conference will be held on 31 October and 1 November as part of a week-long water event, including the Aquatech trade fair on water treatment and the new Floodex trade fair on storm water and flood defenses.

The previous edition of this bi-annual event attracted approximately 25,000 professionals.

See the full conference programme in the new AIWW brochure (as a pdf-file).

Registration for the AIWW Conference is open.

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AIWW Aquatech 2013: Collective call for integrated water solutions at opening ceremony, 5 November 2013

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Aquatech Amsterdam

Floodex Europe

AIWW Young Water Professionals


Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Pure Water Group produces customized EDI water treatment system for Australia, Argentina and Portugal https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26020-pure-water-group-produces-customized-edi-water-treatment-system-for-australia-argentina-and-portugal.html dws-pure-water-edi-australia-770px-1Pure Water Group has commenced constructing some two dozen Electro Deionization (EDI) systems for water treatment projects in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and South America.

EDI technology is typically implemented downstream Reverse Osmosis (RO) equipment and mainly used for the production of high purity and ultra pure water.

dws-pure-water-edi-karratha-plant2-350px Woodside's gas production plant at Karantha, Australia.

Life extension programme
For the Australian power plant Woodside Karantha Gas the construction includes two customized12,5 m3/h EDI systems for Woodside Energy Ltd.

The new EDI systems are part of a life extension program on the existing site. An existing IX demineralization plant that used large volumes of hazardous, corrosive chemicals needed to be replaced.

Two power plants in Argentina
Another four EDI systems are destined for the construction of two single 127 MW combined cycle power plants in Luján and four simple cycle plants of 254 MW in Matheu, both in Argentina.

The sites are owned by Duro Felguera Argentina, who formed a consortium with Siemens Energy.

Simultaneously, one higher capacity EDI skid of 100 m3/h together with a Membrane Degassing (MD) system to be implemented for the removal of CO2, is manufactured for a new client in Portugal.

For new combined cycle power plants in Gulf Area a total of seven EDI skids are manufactured and shipped.

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Pure Water supplies CEDI water treatment systems for two power plants in Egypt, 12 March 2015

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Pure Water Group
Sprundel, the Netherlands
+31 165 348 253

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Delta Alliance hosts free webinar on adaptive management for river deltas https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/26004-delta-alliance-hosts-free-webinar-on-adaptive-management-for-river-deltas.html dws-delta-alliance-webinar-adm-poster-770px
During a free webinar by Delta Alliance, three experts will explain the concept of Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) to make river deltas less vulnerable to climate change, rising sea levels, and growing populations.

The one-hour webinar will start on Thursday 29 June at 15.00 hours Central European Time (CET).

Complicated decision-making
Decision-making on water management and coastal protection in river deltas is complicated by uncertainties about the future, the dynamic nature and the interaction between the environment and society.

Moreover, economic and environmental priorities do not always align with adaptation measures.

Therefore, the Delta Alliance, a knowledge driven network of organizations in 18 river deltas, will host a special webinar to introduce Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) as a tool for authorities to develop an adaptation strategy.

dws-delta-alliance-webinar-adm-pathways-350px  Unique about the ADM-method is the use of ‘adaptation pathways’ that consider certain moments in time for new policy actions (black circles), tipping point (vertical bar), and decision nodes (triangles) for multiple actions under changing conditions.

Dealing with uncertainties
ADM aims to assess climate change impacts, develop adaptation measures and analyse the effectiveness, robustness and flexibility of the adaptation strategy.

Besides that, ADM aids in dealing with uncertainties in a transparent and sensible way, by linking current decision making to future choices. Though the prime focus is on delta areas, the approach can be applied beyond delta areas.

In practice
To date, ADM has been applied to a limited number of cases in practice, such as the Thames Estuary 2100 study in the United Kingdom, the Delta Programme in the Rhine and Meuse delta in the Netherlands, and the Delta Plan study in Bangladesh.

This webinar aims to identify under which conditions and with what modifications ADM can be successfully applied elsewhere.

Based on experience and expert opinions, the applicability of ADM in other adaptive planning contexts such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and the U.S. will be reviewed.

dws-delta-alliance-webinar-thames-350px Pools to retain water and create a new wetland wildlife habitat in West Canvey Marsh, Thames estuary, UK

Three presenters
The three announced presenters are:
● dr. Ad Jeuken, Expert advisor climate adaptation and water management, Deltares
● dr. Marjolijn Haasnoot, Senior expert in water management and environmental modelling, Deltares and Delft University of Technology
● Denise Reed, Vice president for strategic research initiatives, The Water Institute of the Gulf

How to attend
Go to https://metameta.adobeconnect.com/adaptivedelta/
Click on ‘Enter as Guest’, enter a user name and click on ‘Enter Room’.

Click here to check your local timings.

This news item was originally published on the website of Delta Alliance.

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Deltas 2014: Delta Alliance announces new membership agreements with Kenya and Taiwan, 2 October 2014

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Delta Alliance
Wageningen, the Netherlands
+31 317 48 6540


Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Province of Zuid-Holland intensifies water cooperation with Lombardy, Italy https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25972-province-of-zuid-holland-intensifies-water-cooperation-with-lombardy-italy.html dws-italy-south-holland-bergamo-smit-cerruti-770pxThe Dutch province of Zuid-Holland and the Italian Lombardy region signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to intensify their cooperation on water innovation, sustainable agriculture and circular economy.

Two years ago both provinces initiated a cooperation on climate change and water management. Now the cooperation will be expanded to more wider water related issues, such as sustainable farming.

The MoU was signed at the art museum Triennale di Milano on 23 June by the governor of Lombardy, Roberto Maroni (on top photo right), and the King's advisor of Zuid-Holland, Jaap Smit (left), in the presence of the Dutch Royal couple King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

The signing ceremony was part of a Dutch trade mission to Italy, and a State visit by the Royal couple.

dws-italy-south-holland-lombardy-forum-milan-map3-350x  At the Dutch-Italian Water Forum a map was shown of Milan and its old system of waterways, the Naviligy, that has been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Milan is currently working on a restoration plan.

Pilot projects on water management
Since the International Water Day event during the World Expo 2015, the province of Zuid-Holland and the Lombardy region have been working together in various European projects within the water sector.

During the last two years several meetings have been held on water issues between official representations of the province of Zuid-Holland and the Lombardy region, business and knowledge institutions.

Both regional authorities decided to expand this water cooperation and announced the launch of water management pilot projects, involving Dutch cities such as Drechtsteden and Rotterdam.

Sustainable farming
Lack of water is a serious issue for the agriculture in Lombardy region, as well as the handling of manure. Both regions have now agreed to seek more cooperation and exchange knowledge on sustainable farming.

Issues as achieving higher crop yields with less water and better nutrient management, are high on the joint agenda.

Both regions agreed on the development of joint projects financed by European funds.

This news item is based on releases on the websites of the Lombardy's environment councilor Claudia Terzi (in Italian), Province of South Holland (in Dutch) and Regione Lombardia (In Italian).

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Country: Italy

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Province of Zuid-Holland
The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 441 66 11


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Student Hotel Group expands water saving project to four Italian cities https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25927-student-hotel-group-expands-water-saving-project-to-four-italian-cities.html dws-italy-student-hotel-770pxThe Student Hotel Group, together with Amphiro, Wageningen university and Sapienza university announced to extend its ‘living lab’ on water saving solutions to four of its new hotels in Italy.

The group runs a hotel chain based on a special concept to accommodate the co-living and co-working for the international student community. It committed itself to contribute to save 20 percent in water consumption in cities.

The kick-off of the first living lab outside the Netherlands, took place in Rome on 20 June, on occasion of a Dutch trade mission to Italy that coincided with a state visit by Dutch king Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima.

dws-italy-amphiro-shower  Amphiro's smart water meter that stimulates to use less water for a shower by showing the amount of used water..

Pioneering water-saving initiatives
Four hotel buildings in Rome, Florence and Bologna will act as a ‘living lab’ for research initiatives that help student residents, hotel guests and their co-working community, to reduce water and energy consumption.

Smart water meters supplied by Amphiro, a cleantech-Spinoff from ETH Zurich, will be fitted to showers in the new hotel buildings and will display water and energy consumption so students can see how much they are using.

This awareness leads to significant savings.

dws-italy-student-hotal-rooftop-poolPractical relevant research
Lead researcher Michel Handgraaf at Wageningen University on the commitment to 20 percent water-savings initiative notes, ‘We are extremely happy to continue and expand our fantastic collaboration with The Student Hotel. Let's take our international Living Lab to the next level for more scientifically rigorous and practically relevant research’.

Saving energy project
The initiative extends The Student Hotel group’s ‘Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill’ project to the first four Student Hotels in Italy.

This is an ongoing research project by the group, in collaboration with Wageningen University, Bectro Installatietechniek and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands.

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Country: Italy

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The Student Hotel Group
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
+31 20 422 8669

How to save water when someone else pays the bill.



Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
‘Water Industry is looking for bigger plants, municipals for smaller modular plants’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25884--water-industry-is-looking-for-bigger-plants-municipals-for-smaller-modular-plants.html dws-nijhuis-bluetech-holterman-770px‘Water Industry clients are looking for bigger scale water treatment plants, while municipals are looking for smaller modular plants’, said CEO Menno Holterman at Nijhuis Industries in his keynote presentation at Blue Tech Forum.

Holterman discussed key industrial market trends, addressing issues such as new emerging business models, water re-use and the internet-of-things.

This year’s BlueTech Forum took place in Dublin, Ireland on 6 and 7 June.

dws-nijhuis-bluetech-forum-holterman-balance-350px  Illustration used by Holterman to show the shift from small to large industrial water treatment plants, and the opposite trend in the municipal sector,

Seismic shift
As CEO of the Dutch water technology supply company Nijhuis Industries, Menno Holterman has the opportunity to experience water challenges across the globe. Nijhuis Industries, founded in 1904 and headquartered in the Netherlands, provides consultancy, design & build, maintenance and operational services for industrial and municipal wastewater projects on every continent.

‘We see clients now actively asking for integrated solutions, including finance, operations and maintenance, which is a seismic shift’, Holterman said. ‘We also see a lot of industries, making water reuse, for example, mandatory.’

He sees Nijhuis’ key global accounts taking responsibility and starting to implement these kind of measures.

dws-nijhuis-bluetech-holterman-portret-350pxMatter of time
‘It’s only a matter of time before some clients start reuse across production,” Holterman continued, ‘especially in areas of water scarcity. There are still a lot of brands that do not want the product water to be originated from treated effluent, so they want to discharge the water into a river and pick up the water hundreds of meters downstream, take it in, treat it and use it as product water.’

'But to take it directly from the effluent treatment plant back into the process or mix it with water originated from treated effluent is a no-go area, especially in the food, pharma and cosmetics industry, for mostly psychological and marketing reasons.'

Internet of things
In his key note Holterman also mentioned the internet of things. ‘This sensor technology is going to help us tremendously and we are already going to the next stage in developing software which will help us to predict the behavior of the plant if the characteristics of the water are changing”, he said.

Nijhuis has i-Monitoring devices in place with clients around the globe. ‘This data is also a very valuable resource to verify the design criteria of the extensive range of Nijhuis technologies and provide critical input to our R&D, design and process engineering teams ’, Holterman assured.

This news item was originally published on the websites of Nijhuis Industries and BlueTech Forum.

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IFAT 2016: A record of 14 water treatment innovations showcased by Nijhuis Industries, 6 June 2016

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Nijhuis Industries
Doetinchem, the Netherlands
+31 314 749 000

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
PlasticRoad selected as finalist for INDEX Award 2017 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25851-plasticroad-selected-as-finalist-for-index-award-2017.html dws-kws-plastic-road-impression-770pxThe PlasticRoad concept by the Dutch KWS led consortium for a recycled plastic road, has been announced as one of the finalists of the INDEX Award 2017.

The Danish award is the biggest and probably most important design award in the world and recognizes designers who address the world’s biggest challenges.

This 5th edition saw a record breaking number of 1,401 entries from 85 countries, ranging from drones delivering blood with parachutes to ways of beaming energy across the globe using satellites.

Eventually five winners will be chosen on September 1st.

dws-kws-plastic-road-element-350px  A 3D printed road element.

Lightweight road structure
The now nominated entry by the consortium with KWS (lead), Wavin and Total, is a lightweight road construction made from recycled plastic.

The PlasticRoad concept features numerous advantages compared to conventional roads, both in terms of construction and maintenance.

Plastic is much more sustainable and opens the door for a number of new innovations such as power generation, quiet road surfaces, heated roads and modular construction.

PlasticRoad is a virtually maintenance free product. It is unaffected by corrosion and the weather.

Hollow structure
A major advantage of PlasticRoad is the hollow structure that allows the integration of other elements in the prefabrication phase.

These elements include traffic loops sensors, measuring equipment, and connections for light poles. It can also be used to buffer rainwater.

The consortium is currently working hard on the business case and is investigating the best way to produce the PlasticRoad. The development of a first prototype is expected to start soon.

dws-kws-plastic-road-index-awards2-350pxAbout KWS
KWS, a subsidiary of VolkerWessels, is the market leader in road construction and the production of asphalt in the Netherlands.

About Wavin
Wavin supplies plastic pipe solutions for distribution of gas and water, management of foul and rain water and efficient heating and cooling of buildings.

They are a subsidiary of Mexichem, the global leader in plastic pipe systems and the chemical and petrochemical industries in Latin America.

About Total
Total is a international oil and gas company and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operator with SunPower. Its activities span oil and gas production, refining, petrochemicals and marketing in the field of polymers.

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More information
Vianen, the Netherlands
+31 347 35 73 00

Index Awards
Copenhagen, Denmark

3D animation of the PlasticRoad concept by the KWS led consortium.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
‘Upstream water management interventions push scarcity downstream’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25844--upstream-water-management-interventions-push-scarcity-downstream.html dws-vu-upstream-downstream-moledos-dam-770pxReservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures, have increased water availability for much of the global population, but at the same time, swept water scarcity problems downstream. Human interventions have drastically reshuffled water scarcity hotspots, with impacts on approximately one-third of the global population.

This concludes an international team of researchers in a study that assessed the impacts of human interventions on water scarcity at a global scale.

The study was led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in cooperation with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). The results were published in Nature Communications on 15 June.

dws-vu-upstream-downstream-ted-veldkamp2-350px  According to hydrologist Ted Veldkamp at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam the upstream-downstream linkages need more attention.

Less for people downstream
‘It’s common sense that taking water out of a river will leave less for those people downstream. But it’s not so straightforward’, says Ted Veldkamp, hydrologist at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and guest researcher at IIASA.

According to Veldkamp the upstream-downstream linkages need more attention: what will the impacts be of the choices they make?

‘You need to have a good overview of all the consequences, not just the local impacts’, concludes Veldkamp.

Global accounting
Seasonal changes in precipitation and water storage make it difficult for modellers to estimate water availability and impacts of interventions, and the effects of climate change can be difficult to tease out from other impacts like human activities.

The new study is one of the first to provide a global accounting of regional and local water impacts, taking into account seasonal changes and different types of intervention, including water withdrawals, reservoir regulation, land-use change, and irrigation.

dws-vu-upstream-downstream-moledos-dam-350px The Morelos dam (on top photo) on the US-Mexico border near Yuma, USA, blocks the Colorado river (above) for the last major irrigation diversion (left) and leaves only a very small amount of water to flow (below) to the Pacific ocean.

Separate impacts
Using an ensemble of five global hydrological models, the researchers examined the evolution of water availability, demand, and scarcity globally from 1971 to 2010. They also highlighted the separate impact of climate change and human interventions.

This systematic approach allowed the researchers to come up with an estimate that is more realistic than previous approaches - and which also shows greater water scarcity than previous estimates.

New water scarcity hotspots
From 1971 to 2010, the study found, human impacts have drastically reshuffled water scarcity hotspots, with impacts on approximately one-third of the global population.

On average, approximately 20 percent of the global population has experienced a significant increase in water availability due to human interventions, such as building water storage, alleviating water scarcity experienced by 8 percent of the population.

At the same time, another 23 percent have experienced a significant decrease in water availability, for 9 percent aggravating water scarcity problems.

dws-vu-upostream-downstream-graphic1-350px  Human interventions on rivers create areas where less water is available (in blue), as well as areas where more water is avilable (in yellow/green). 

Global perspective
As climate change and population place further pressure on tight water resources, the researchers found that policymakers and water managers need to take a regional and global perspective on local decisions.

'The complexity of water resource issues requires a better understanding of the interactions between socioeconomic development, climate change, and hydrology',says IIASA Water Program Deputy Director Yoshihide Wada, a study coauthor.

According to Wada this study provides an important step forward in this area. 

Read the article Water scarcity hotspots travel downstream due to human interventions in the 20th and 21st century on the website of Nature Communications.

This news item was originally published on the website of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and IIASA.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Nereda waste water treatment technology selected for new wwtp Tijuco Preto, Brasil https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25831-nereda-waste-water-treatment-technology-selected-for-new-wwtp-tijuco-preto-brasil.html dws-rhdhv-nereda-wwtp-deodoro-rio-de-janeiro-770pxRoyal HaskoningDHV’s Nereda technology has been selected as the first choice for a new municipal wastewater treatment plant at wwtp Tijuco Preto in Sumaré, Brasil.

This takes the total number of Nereda treatment plants in the South American country so far to seven, with six already built, under construction or design (on top photo: wwtp Deodoro, Rio de Janeiro).

Design phase
Operated by BRK Ambiental, the Tijuco Preto plant will have a capacity of 110,000 PE, with an average daily flow of 19,900m3/d and a peak flow of 1,492m3/h.

Currently in the design phase, the plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

dws-rhdhv-nereda-wwtptijuco-preto-sludge-350px Nereda’s granular biomass (right) settles significantly faster than activated sludge flocs.

Effective sanitation
João Almeida of Royal HaskoningDHV commented: ‘The new plant at Tijuco Preto will prevent untreated domestic wastewater being discharged into the environment and will therefore be an important step in the consolidation of effective sanitation in Brazil.’

Almeida continued: ‘Already with proven results in Brazil, the Nereda technology has confirmed that it is the ideal solution for wastewater treatment, not only in terms of cost and efficiency but also for sustainability.’

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

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

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

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
IHE Delft receives Coca-Cola grant for African women and water project https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25820-ihe-delft-receives-coca-cola-grant-for-african-women-and-water-project.html dws-ihe-delft-coca-cola-women-lake-victoria-770pxWater education institute IHE Delft has received a grant from the Coca-Cola foundation to fund the ‘Women and Water for Change in Communities’ project.

This 2-year project will develop actions that empower women and youth in a number of rural African communities for a more sustainable use of water and promote wise use and stewardship of natural resources.

dws-ihe-delft-coca-cola-women-uganda-350pxLeadership role
The project’s overall purpose is to empower women to take a leadership role in local sustainable use of water, water-related natural resources and public health.

The targeted training of a small number of women will be an important enabling factor to enhance and disseminate knowledge and skills.

This will include supporting local women in identifying new approaches to water management, public health and to develop locally driven entrepreneurship.

Local communities
The project team will work with local communities and IHE partners in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Adopting an ‘action research’ approach, the project will both stimulate and reflect on activities and responses to project initiatives for more inclusion of women and youth in the management of their own resources.

The project aims to create more awareness of water stewardship and its economic benefits in each location.

The project will also pay specific attention to ICT-enabled local monitoring, examining the opportunities and conditions for using ICTs to improve community participation in water management and how ICT-based monitoring of water and other natural resources can make for better decision making at the local scale.

dws-ihe-delft-coca-cola-women-mabamba-350pxSimilar settings
Lessons shared among the communities in the three countries can stimulate wider awareness and understanding across similar settings in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The project will work with existing partners, including BirdLife International (Tanzania and Uganda), Nature Uganda (Uganda), World Wildlife Fund (Zambia), MacArthur Foundation.

The project sites range from large areas surrounding the Mara wetland in Tanzania, a small community of Mabamba Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda and the Wakiso district in western Zambia.

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

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
‘Fair distribution of water requires a transformation in policy and science’ https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25789--fair-distribution-of-water-requires-a-transformation-in-policy-and-science.html dws-wur-boelens-water-justice-770px‘When it comes to distributing the decreasing amount of water for drinking and irrigation, many governments and international policy institutes fail to take into consideration local expertise and the customs’, concluded professor Rutgerd Boelens in his inaugural lecture.

According to Boelens, governments and international organizations are familiar with the issues, yet their solution is often one-sided or may even aggravate the situation.

Boelens holds a personal chair on Water Governance and Social Justice at Wageningen University & Research. He held his lecture, titled ‘Rivers of scarcity – Utopian water regimes and flows against the current’, on 8 June.

dws-wur-boelens-portret-350px Professor Rutgerd Boelens holds a personal chair on Water Governance and Social Justice at Wageningen University & Research.

Equally shared
'Local farmer organizations or drinking water collectives often manage their own water supply, keeping in mind individual problems while aiming to find collective solutions.’

‘This form of management is defined by the complex challenge of serving all members of the community and resolving differences internally’, Boelens continued.

Centralised perspective
According to Boelens, governments view the distribution of water from an economic and centralised perspective with emphasis on technology and the market. In practice this system is often accompanied by unbalanced power relations, corruption, the reverence for ‘expert knowledge’ and, partly as a result, the unfair distribution of water.

‘Water policy is often focused on a utopian, radical change of existing water management cultures', said Boelens. 'The approach by governments, development organizations and international businesses often does not conform to local customs, agreements and traditions and sometimes even works to their detriment’.

dws-wur-boelens-lake-350pxLocal water management
According to Boelens, this signals emphasize the need for comparative research into the diversity of local forms of water management and how these can be linked to new, multiscale and transdisciplinary forms of water management.

‘This not only takes into account local needs, but also provides policy makers and government officials with a better understanding of local water issues. And this, in turn, gives farmers in southern and western countries a new perspective.’

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

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Professor Rutgerd Boelens explains the nature of the studies on water justice that are conducted at his special chair at the Wageningen University.


Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Antioxirice crop spray selected as Dutch entry for Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2017 https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25763-antioxirice-crop-spray-selected-as-dutch-entry-for-stockholm-junior-water-prize-2017.html dws-siww-atrium-amersfoort-poster-770px
A crop spray that can be used after a flood, won the Knappe Waterhoofden 2017 contest for Dutch students on innovative water solutions. The spray, called Antioxirice, can be used by farmers to minimize their crop loss.

The winners of the contest are Niels Bouman, Alinda Dersjant and Margot Knapen of the Atrium college in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

The challenge took place on 9 June. The winning team will represent the Netherlands at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in August.

dws-siww-atrium-amersfoort-winners-350px Winning team with Niels Bouman, Alinda Dersjant and Margot Knapen of the Atrium college.

Residual copper product
The students developed the Antioxirice spray as part of their school assignment. The spray is a residual product from the copper industry.

An additional advantage is that an antioxidant is used in the spray which has a positive effect on public health.

Final in Stockholm
The team will go to Stockholm as the Dutch representatives for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2017.

This international student contest will take place during the World Water Week in Stockholm from 27 August till 1 September. The Junior Water Prize is annually handed out by Swedish crown-princess Victoria.

About Knappe Waterhoofden
Knappe Waterhoofden is a Dutch national contest for secondary education students with innovative ideas for solving water issues.

The winning team represents The Netherlands each year at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize during the Stockholm World Water Week

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

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Video clip on the Antioxirice crop spray.

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Sino-Dutch research agreement on new ways to build a sponge city https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25739-sino-dutch-research-agreement-on-new-ways-to-build-a-sponge-city.html dws-hwt-sponge-cities-mou-770px-1Hanging Water Tank and Hengji Water Group agreed to start a joint research programme on investigating and demonstrating the use and possibilities of rainwater collection in and around ‘sponge’ buildings.

The agreement was signed at the Sino-Dutch Sponge City Development Seminar in Chongqing, China, on 5 June.

dws-hwt-sponge-cities-mou-solutions-350px  Impression of the innovative elements presented by Hanging Water Tank to store rainwater in and around a building.

Practical approach
Many Chinese cities experience waterlogging during the raining season. In order to improve the drainage challenge in these cities, the Chinese government has launched big sponge city projects in a number of pilot cities.

On the occasion of signing the agreement, general manager Bert Dautzenberg of Hanging Water Tank warned for the large scale implementation of these sponge cities. ‘This can still be limiting’, he said. ‘We actively promote sponge buildings, which is on a much smaller scale. This makes the opportunities and possibilities much clearer to municipalities and governments.’

Sponge building
Hanging Water Tank developed a concept to store – and potentially use - rain water in and around a building. The concept includes several innovative technical elements.

‘We can build a sponge building within two weeks’, Dautzenberg continued, ‘and the gathered data is put online so that everyone can use it.’

The construction of a sponge city is a complex task of systems engineering and requires the support of a high volume of data about the city's natural geography, social economy, water resources, and eco-environment.

Dautzenberg emphasized that the data they collect is internationally available. Such a widespread network also benefits from broad support.

dws-hwt-sponge-cities-dautzenberg-350pxIncreased cooperation
The willingness and readiness of Chinese partners and the government is something that also pleasantly surprised Dautzenberg. ‘Hengji Water Group and the Chinese government have invested a lot in this project from their side. There was a very sincere interest in our project and to work together.’

Urban water management
All aspects of potential cooperation on urban water management were emphasized during the Sino-Dutch Sponge City Development seminar.

At the seminar Dutch and Chinese experts talked about building a resilient city adaptive to climate change, dynamic planning, monitoring and evaluation technologies for water management,

It was agreed that there are many opportunities for fruitful Sino-Dutch cooperation in future projects.

This news item was originally published on the website of The Netherlands and you.

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Innovative elements of the urban rainwater system are explained in this promotion movie by Hanging Water Tank.


Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Van Heck deploys its latest high capacity mobile drainage pump to Egypt https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25726-van-heck-deploys-its-latest-high-capacity-mobile-drainage-pump-to-egypt.html dws-van-heck-hk800-770pxAfter a complex development process, Van Heck’s engineers succeeded in building a mobile pump set with a flow rate of almost 10,000 m3 per hour. This HK800 pump can drain an Olympic swimming pool within 15 minutes.

The first HK800 has already been rented for a dredging project in Egypt.

Emergency response
Van Heck Group is specialized in the deployment of large mobile pumps as an emergency response, for instance to drain flooded areas.

The company draw national attention in the UK in 2014 when it brought in 20 large pumps to drain the flooded Somerset Levels. In the media the HK700 pumps became known as the ‘Dunball giants’.

With its HK800, Van Heck can now deploy an even bigger pump.

dws-van-heck-hk800-dunball-giants-350px Van Heck's eight HK700 pumps that were deployed to the UK in 2014 to drain the flooded Somerset Levels.

Same foot print
Where the HK700 can pump 7,000 m3 each hour, the HK800 can do 3,000 m3 more.

The challenge for Van Heck was to increase the capacity but maintain the same footprint. The design required for the pump to be built on 20ft container size.

The HK800 is extremely suitable for dredging projects and calamities. If desired, this pump set can be supplied with sound reduction.

More pumping capacity
Van Heck has planned to acquire more HK800 pumps. It enables the company to increase the pumping capacity on a project, without increasing the number of pumps that are needed.

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

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Noordwolde, the Netherlands
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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch experts use Trico-method to develop flood-resilient residential area in Wisbech, UK https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25719-dutch-experts-use-trico-method-to-develop-flood-resilient-residential-area-in-wisbech-uk.html dws-deltares-wisbech-flood-resilince-735px-1
Dutch water experts will help the English town of Wisbech with a development plan for a new, flood-resilient, residential area.

Dutch consultancy firms Royal HaskoningDHV and Nelen & Schuurmans, together with research institute Deltares, will be working with water utility Anglian Water to create this new residential area.

Early stakeholder’s involvement
In the early stage of the project, a method called Toolset for Rapid Interactive Collaborative Optioneering (Trico) will be used to assure the close involvement of stakeholders in the development of the overall design.

This method includes the use of visualisation techniques, such as a MapTable, and fast hydrological models to simulate flooding.

In addition, the approach addresses more factors than flood defences only, such as cascading effects involving critical infrastructure, leisure opportunities, habitats and landscape quality.

dws-deltares-wisbech-map-350px  By using a MapTable suggestions by stakeholder can immediately by visualised.

Integrated flood risk management
Deltares project manager Dana Stuparu: ‘This project is a very nice example of a truly integrated approach to flood risk management for the town of Wisbech, in which all stakeholders will join forces to combine work on water safety with urban development.’

Deltares will provide expert input and will contribute to the translation of hydraulics to risk and opportunity metrics.

Strict regulations
There are plans to develop a new urban area in Wisbech with approximately 10,000 homes. However, the proposed new area is situated in a flood-prone zone with strict building regulations.

Permission is given only for a sustainable, innovative approach. With this ambition, Wisbech turned to the Netherlands to jointly explore possible flood reduction solutions.

dws-deltares-wisbech-floods-2014-350px Wisbech is regularly hit by floods. Here seen in August 2014.

Inspirational design
The UK faces a major national housing shortage. However, in flood-risk areas, housing construction has been seriously discouraged since 2000.

The UK experiences floods on a regular basis, and at high-risk areas measures are taken. However, situations are often complex which makes it necessary to take multiple interests into account.

As a result, flood prevention projects are frequently delayed and there is a risk of support being eroded because of overly technocratic solutions.

By using the Trico-method, it is expected to able to avoid these delays by starting with an inspirational design that includes all aspects.

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

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Uttrecht, the Netherlands
+31 30 233 02 00


Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200
Arcadis contributes to WBCSD business guide on circular water management https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/25707-arcadis-contributes-to-wbcsd-business-guide-on-circular-water-management.html dws-arcadis-wbcsd-handbook-circular-water-770pxDutch-based consultancy firm Arcadis was one of the advisors to assist the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to compile the first-of-its-kind guide on circular water management.

The guide brings together decision-making tools, case studies and best practice technologies to help companies seize the opportunities to close the water management practices.

The release of the guide was announced by WBCSD on 7 June. The other two advisors were EDF (France) and Veolia (France).

dws-arcadis-wbcsd-handbook-circular-water-cover-350pxSpotlight on reduce, reuse, recycle
All too often, water mistakenly is considered a cheap resource - and wastewater is seen as disposable. This must change, according to WBCSD, the CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

By 2030, the world may face a 40 percent gap in water supply vs demand. At the same time, 80 percent of wastewater currently goes back into the environment untreated.

According to WBCSD, now is the time to explore circular water management solutions and prevent these valuable resources from being lost.

Reducing, reusing and recycling water saves costs and reduces business’ impact on the environment. However, despite the clear-cut business case, circular water management practices have not yet gone into the mainstream.

Key success factors
The Business Guide to Circular Water Management seeks to change this.

It outlines the current barriers to circular water management, key success factors, solutions and tools for implementation.

The guide also showcases successful examples of circular water management solutions from EDF Group, Vale, Procter & Gamble (P&G), L’Oréal, Nestlé, ENGIE, Heidelberg Cement, Shell, Aditya Birla Group (ABG) and BP.

dws-arcadis-wbcsd-handbook-circular-water-scheme-350pxWater valuation
An important chapter addresses water valuation, that goes further than determining the true cost of water.

According to the guide, the concept of value looks at externalities in order to understand and manage impacts and dependencies on natural resources, and the way these impacts and dependencies interact with societies and economies.

Water valuation assesses the worth of water to different stakeholders under specific circumstances.

The WBCSD Business Guide to Water Valuation 26 determines prices, costs and values associated with six water-related dependencies and impacts.

Taking to scale
Maria Mendiluce, Managing Director of WBCSD’s Natural Capital Area said, “Circular water management practices are now mature enough for companies to take to scale. Such practices help companies reach their sustainability targets, save costs and increase efficiency, while at the same time, benefitting the natural ecosystems that business depends on.

Mediluce continued: "We hope this guide will encourage industries to consider the true value of water as a resource, and by extension, help them view wastewater as an important asset.”

Check out the guide for more information and download (as pdf-file)

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

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0200