Dutch Water Sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com Dutch Water Sector Feed Consortium to manage 160 million euro fund for climate resiliency in developing countries https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37367-consortium-to-manage-160-million-euro-fund-for-climate-resiliency-in-developing-countries.html dws-fmo-dfcd-yalelo-fish-market-770px-1
A consortium of Dutch development bank FMO, development organisation SNV, World Wide Fund for Nature and Climate Fund Managers has won the tender by the Dutch government to manage a 160 million euro Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD).

This pioneering partnership of non-governmental organisations and financiers aims to help developing countries build climate resilient economies.

The tender award was announced by the Dutch government on 23 May.

dws-fmo-dfcd-logo2-350px  Three remarkable consortium partners each with its own expertise to be able to blend public and private capital to make more climate adaptation projects bankable (image: FMO).

Unique consortium
It is revolutionary that a development finance institution, a private sector investment manager, a conservation NGO, and a development NGO work together on a fund of such scale, within the scope of climate finance.

The main objective is to utilize the full 160 million euro to accelerate the flow climate-resilient investments and make more projects bankable by attracting and deploying public and private capital in well-designed and impactful climate-relevant projects, with a focus on climate-resilient water systems and freshwater ecosystems.

The consortium will adopt a ‘landscape’ strategy for deal origination and execution. An example of this strategy can be the Kafue Flats in Zambia.

The region has potential for improvement of water availability through eco-system restoration (grant-funded), the development of a water treatment facility (bankable), and introduction of water efficiency measures (bankable), investment cases have also been made possible for expanded agricultural activity and aquaculture.

dws-fmo-zambia-fishery To combat over fishery along the Zambezi river Dutch development bank FMO supports the fishery farm Yalelo that grows tilapia fish in the open waters of Lake Kariba, a reservoir on the Zambezi river. On top photo Yalelo brings its fish to the local market (photo: FMO).

Helping local economies
Peter van Mierlo, Chief Executive Officer FMO: "We are very proud to have been entrusted with this initiative by the Dutch government. It allows us to improve climate resilience of landscapes and their vulnerable inhabitants in developing countries."

Meike van Ginneken, Chief Executive Officer SNV emphasize the potential of the fund to protect poor communities. : "They are the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of climate change. Improving their climate resilience requires financing and expertise, as well as market-based approaches to ensure sustainability in development impact."

Andrew Robert Johnstone, Chief Executive Officer Climate Fund Managers mentions the magnifying effects of blending finance. "We can target water and sanitation sectors in a world of increasing water scarcity and water pollution. This initiative allows the use of blended finance to magnify the impact of investment capital."

About DFCD
The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) allows for investments in projects aimed at climate adaptation and prevention in developing countries. Herewith, the DFCD presents an important additional instrument for the Dutch government’s efforts in contributing to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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

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Dutch development bank FMO already supports a tilapia farm in Zambia to strengthen the local economy and reduce over fishery in wetlands.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
World Waternet presents aquifer recharge guidelines at ADB workshop in Beijing, China https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37376-world-waternet-presents-aquifer-recharge-guidelines-at-adb-workshop-in-beijing-china.html dws-wwn-beijing-chaobai-770pxWorld Waternet, together with engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV and educational institute IHE-Delft, produced guidelines for Managed Aquifer Recharge and carried out a feasibility study to create an aquifer recharge project in the Chaobai River near Beijing.

The study was presented at the Beijing International Groundwater Resources Management Workshop organised by the Asian Development Bank in May 2019, where eighty participants shared experiences from China (Shandong, Deyang, Jinan), the Netherlands, Pakistan, Oman and Afghanistan.

dws-wwn-beijing-workshop-350px   Participants of ADB’s Beijing International Groundwater Resources Management Workshop in May 2019 - photo World Waternet.

Water shortage
Beijing is known for its extreme weather events and has been subject to severe water shortages. Adequate groundwater levels are key to securing urban water supply for households, but also for industrial and agricultural needs.

However, Beijing’s groundwater has been overexploited for decades. The South-North Water Transfer Project transfers the hard-needed water towards the north. But how can they use this water to recharge the groundwater? For the past three years, World Waternet has been looking into this solution with the Beijing Water Authority.

Sustainable groundwater use
One of the most common causes of low groundwater levels is the high volume pumped to the surface. The so called aquifers (underground water reserves) cannot replenish fast enough.

For Beijing, World Waternet looked into managed aquifer recharge. This means that the process is actively managed and expedited.

This technique is still uncommon in China, but increasingly considered important to cope with water shortage.

dws-wwn-beijing-amsterdam-dunes-350px One of the many ponds in the dunes area near Amsterdam where river water is infiltrated to recharge the groundwater, so clean water can be extracted sustainably for the production of drinking water. - photo Boswachters AWD

Amsterdam aquifer recharge system
World Waternet is part of the Amsterdam water utility that uses the concept of managed aquifer recharge for many decades in a 3,500 ha sand dune area.

Here, pre-treated river water is infiltrated to recharge the groundwater, allowing the extraction of tap water after three months. This natural system produces up to 65 million m3 drinking water annually.

Most of the water automatically comes back to the surface in lower-laying areas and drains also help in reclaiming the rest. After further treatment the water can be transported and used as tap water.

Exchange of good practises
On the occasion of the presentation at the workshop in Beijing, Anne te Velde, Counsellor Infrastructure and Environment at the Netherlands Embassy in China explained: ‘Although there are many differences between the cities of Amsterdam and Beijing, the good practice of Amsterdam’s dune water system sets an example for the Beijing Water Authority. The feasibility study shows a large potential for the Chaobai River channel for managed aquifer recharge.’

This news item was originally published on the website of World Waternet. Top photo: World Waternet

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Jos Peters (RHDHV) and Theo Olsthoorn (World Waternet) explain the robust concept of the Amsterdam dune aquifer recharge system for the production of drinking water.

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Water Safety Plan for host community and refugee camps in Gambella, Ethiopia https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37354-water-safety-plan-for-host-community-and-refugee-camps-in-gambella-ethiopia.html dws-ihe-delft-gambella-training-field-770px-1IHE Delft joined forces with the local water utility in Gambella, Ethiopia to start up the development of a Water Safety Plan for Itang water supply system.

The Itang water supply system is a multi donor project to provide safe water to 200,000 refugees in three camps.

The donors include multilateral organizations UNICEF and UNHCR, non-governmental organisations Oxfam and IRC and local consultants. IHE Delft led a four-day training.

dws-ihe-delft-gambella-training-tower-350px  Updating the description of the water supply in front of the water tower that has been built as part of the Itang water system. On top photo: Field visit to one of the boreholes located near the Baro river

Unpredictable security situation
Gambella region in Western Ethiopia rose to fame when, in 2013, the brutal conflict in South Sudan drove thousands of people from their homes and into this neighbouring region.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 422,240 South Sudanese refugees were living in 7 refugee camps in the Gambella region in October 2018.

The security situation in the region remains unpredictable, with recent security incidents affecting refugees, host communities and humanitarian workers, which have included fatalities (UNHCR, 2019).

Basic services for refugees
Numerous actors are engaged in providing basic services for the refugees and host communities. At present, 13.5 million litres of water are supplied across the regions in Ethiopia hosting refugees, representing an average per capita distribution of 20 litres of water per person per day (UNHCR, 2019).

However, there are plans to further improve services, with a specific focus on water safety.

dws-ihe-delft-gambella-jing-350px General Manager Koat Jing of the Itang Water Utility appreciates the value of strategic monitoring mechanisms of the Water Safety plan.

The 4-day training was led by Giuliana Ferrero, Senior Lecturer in Water Supply Engineering at IHE Delft, and was attended by 17 participants.

The training consisted of short lectures and group work; a lot of emphasis was placed on discussing leadership and accountability for the implementation of the Water Safety Plan in the months and years to come. The output of the training was a draft Water Safety Plan document, which is the basis for future work.

General Manager Koat Jing of the Itang Water Utility said: “From this training, I appreciated the value of strategic monitoring mechanisms developed as part of the Water Safety Plan. They enable a better understanding of the vulnerabilities of the system and can lead to enhanced safety of any water supply”.

This news item was originally published on the website of IHE Delft.
(all photos: Guiliana Ferrero - IHE Delft)

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Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GES2019: Will the availability of real time data revolutionize the global water sector? https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37320-ges2019-will-the-availability-of-real-time-data-revolutionize-the-global-water-sector.html dws-ges2019-final-slootjes-770pxThe G5-netwerk and artificial intelligence were two popular subjects at the 9th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that took place on June 4 and 5 in The Hague, The Netherlands. In different settings, 1200 entrepreneurs and 300 investors from all over the world discussed the market developments in the field of health care, agri-food, energy, water and connectivity.

On the topic of water, the summit made clear that digitalisation has its own dynamics. It does not necessarily reflect the technology needs of those dealing with todays water problems of too much, too little or too polluted water.

dws-ges2019-final-staerup-top3-350px  Developing countries' water technology needs (source: UNEP-DHI 2017).

Top 3 of technology needs
At the third and final water session, Danish senior researcher Sara Traerup of UNEP DTU Partnership highlighted some of the outcomes of the report "Climate change adaptation technologies for water (2017)". The report is based on an inventory held in 70 developing countries on technology needs to counter their water problems.

Prioritising the national needs a top 3 clearly emerged. Not surprisingly the most urgently needed technology is to harvest and store water. The second need is technology related to monitoring and modelling of water, such as leakage detection and smart water metering.

Third on the list is the need for water management. This need is less technology oriented and therefor has been classified by the report as ‘orgaware’, next to hardware and software.

dws-ges2019-final-panel-350px Final water session with (left to right) Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink, Nadine Slootjes (Deltares), Sahar Traerup (UNEP-DHI), Yousef Yousef (LG Sonic), Bryan Harvey (Jacobs) and John Farner (Irrigation Association).

Detailed real-time water data
Next speaker was Nadine Slootjes (on top photo) who is the Department Head Operational Water Management and Early Warning at Deltares. She followed the dynamics of the global digitisation and explained that her research institute is developing very detailed global real-time hydrological models for ground water, water quality and storm water. ´These models will make it possible to predict the impact of climate change on a global scale. But at the same time they are so detailed that we can zoom in to the level of your back yard.´

According to Slootjes modelling on such detailed scale allows everyone to be informed everywhere, at any time, on real time water-related data by using a smart phone.

The advantages are clear, Slootjes said: ‘We can predict upcoming droughts and floods and, linked to possible interventions, it allows all affected parties to decide on the best response’. ‘We can already predict where droughts will occur 10 days in advance’, she said, allowing people in the threatened areas to store more water. Or in a case of a flood prediction, there is enough time to install a mobile flood barrier. 
‘We cannot develop these detailed models on our own’, Slootjes said and called for entrepreneurs to step in with new ideas and potential business cases. 

dws-ges2019-award-cabrera-stentit-350px Closing ceremony of the GES2019: Winner of the Outstanding Women entrepreneur award Sol Carbrera (second right) of Stentit.

GIST awards
The summit ended with the hand out of the GIST-awards by Ivanka Trump, Dutch minister Sigrid Kaag and Dutch start-up envoy Prince Constantijn.

The global innovation GIST-initiative is led by the US Department of State, and the Tech-I competition is implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The semi-finalists on the water theme were:
● Paige Peters (USA) of Rapid Radicals with a quick response waste water treatment process for extreme situations such as sewer overflows after intensive rain fall.
● Fadli Mustamin (Indonesia) of Poopook with an off-grid ‘human waste-to-fertilizer’ treatment plant that is affordable and low maintenance.
● Andrej Krzan (Slovenia) of PlanetCare with a filter that prevents microfibers to be released into washing machine waste water.
● Katie Taylor (USA) of Khethworks with an efficient & portable solar-powered water pump for smallholder farmers in India to have year-round water availability.
The sector winner was Katie Taylor with the solar-powered water pump.

Other award winners
The overall GIST 2019 prize went to Christine York (USA) of the health care company SpellBound that uses immersive 3D technology to increase patient cooperation with treatment. York received over 150.000 dollar worth of web services and mentorships from the sponsors.

The Outstanding Woman entrepreneur award went to Sol Cabrera of the Dutch health care company Stentit for the development of a fully biodegradable supportive porous structure to regenerate stents in blood veins.

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GES2019 wrap up as shown at the closing ceremony.

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GES2019: Groasis picks up blockchain to attract dedicated investors for its Waterboxx https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37290-ges2019-groasis-picks-up-blockchain-to-attract-dedicated-investors-for-its-waterboxx.html dws-ges2019-groasis-hoff1-770pxGroasis announced a capital raising campaign for building three production facilities for their Growboxx and Waterboxx devices in the US, India and China. The company has decided to use blockchain technology to tokenize its shares on the public platform where shareholders can step in and out anytime and all transactions remain transparent.

The blockchain-based trading platform was announced by founder Pieter Hoff (on top photo) of Groasis at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that took place on June 4 and 5 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

At the GES-summit some 1,200 entrepreneurs presented their business plans to 300 investors for the global roll out of their latest innovations.

dws-ges2019-groasis-hoff-ecuador-350px  Peter Hoff installing a Waterboxx in Ecuador as part of the Agua, Vida y Naturaleza project (photo: Twitter Groasis

Crops growing in deserts
Groasis has developed a bucket like shaped device that can make trees and crops grow in dry, hot and eroded areas, without irrigation. When planting a tree or crop the bucket is filled with water only once. The plant will further grow on rainwater that enters the soil. Depending on the soil humidity, the plant will grow slow or fast.
The company is already active with its Waterboxx (the plastic version) and Growboxx (the biodegradable version) in 43 countries.

Water efficiency
‘Trees are very water efficient’, said Hoff to the potential investors that had gathered at the summit. ‘On average we can make a tree to grow a main root of three meters depth in one year. This gives the plant a survival rate of 90 percent’.

According to the World Resource Institute there are 2 billion hectares of land in the world that has been degraded and eroded but still has the potential to be restored for productive forestry or farmland. ‘Restoration of these desert areas with drip irrigation is no option’, said Hoff. ‘The little water that is left would be lost within 40 years by the use of irrigation’.

dws-ges2019-groasis-hoff-wout-350px Strategic officer Wout Hoff (right) pitching the special Growboxx (left) that combines a tree and vegetable plants at one of the three decicated GES-session on water.

Interesting proposition for investors
Hoff told that his company has an ambitious business plan. For the expansion Groasis needs an investment of 8 million euro.
Letters of intent for the production and sales of 100 million Growboxx and Waterboxx over the next 8 years have been signed with local representatives recently. ´For the production we want to build giga factories with a capacity of 350,000 buckets annually´, Hoff revealed at the summit. The first will be located in Houston and is about to start its production later this year.

The local producers will pay Groasis a small fee. According to Hoff the value chain starts with the planter ´There must be a financial stimulance for the planter', he said. ´Therefore we developed an intelligent Growboxx that contains both a tree and some vegetable plants. The tree planters can sell the crops and make money to pay back their small investment or micro loan.’

Digital platform to sell shares
Restoring forests and productive farmland is an important societal goal of Groasis. ‘In line with this community objective, we decided to start a public platform for local communities and small investors,’ Hoff explained. ‘For this public marketplace we have an official permit from the Dutch Financial Market Authority’.
Later this month Groasis will disclose more details at investor meetings and by October they intend to be able to sell the first shares.

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Founder of Groasis, Pieter Hoff, reports from Ethiopia on a tree project to produce fruits, fuelwood and flowers. By using the Waterboxx, this is achieved with 90 percent less water, no irrigation and no pumping energy.

Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GES2019: Tech-tonic shift can bring global development goals within reach https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37254-ges2019-tech-tonic-shift-can-bring-global-development-goals-within-reach.html dws-ges1-kaag3-770px
‘If one looks around, we know that we have all the crucial parts of the ecosystem present to create a tech-tonic shift’, said Dutch minister Sigrid Kaag at the opening of the 2019-edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands on June 4. 
Kaag sets the scene for the 1,200 innovative entrepreneurs and 300 investors that had gathered at the summit to talk about the roll out of innovative products and services to the global markets of tomorrow. 

The first dedicated sessions on water made clear that water scarcity is a major global threat but at the same time an opportunity for entrepreneurs.

dws-ges1-maxima2-350px  Queen Máxima shared her experiences on the digitalisation of banking services affecting micro-financing. 

Digital revolution
‘Technology is a game-changer’, continued minister Kaag (on top photo) in her opening speech. ‘It can seriously speed up sustainable development for all – a true digital revolution. Of course, we have to make sure it’s an inclusive, accessible and secure digital revolution’, continued minister Kaag.

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands also referred to the fast development of new technologies in her speech as UN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development. She highlighted the possibilities of the digital world. ‘A combination of tech-led and innovative business models enable SMEs to create new products and services that reach more people at a lower cost, utilize unused assets and build upon data information.’

Queen Máxima: ‘Whole sectors have been transformed, from financial services to food and agriculture, connectivity, energy, water and health care – making these services more efficient and more accessible for even greater portions of the world’s population.’

Many constrains
One of the themes at the summit was water and made entrepreneurs with innovative water solutions meet financers to scale up their business. In three dedicated sessions the entrepreneurs and financers discussed the business constrains for more, larger scale investments to happen.
One constrain is typical for the water market, being the price of water. Despite the growing scarcity in many regions in the world, water remains cheap. Too cheap for many entrepreneurs to present solid business plans minimizing the financial risks for investors.

dws-ges1-saline-350px CEO Gunnar Larsen of Saline Farming talks about the business model that addresses the increasing salination of coastal farm land.

Adding more value
The summit showed that entrepreneurs, also in the water sector, are passionate and creative enough to find ways around these low water prices. Often heard was the creation of partnership involving knowledge institutes and potential clients. There is also the option to sell water services, instead of selling products. A third option heard at the summit is the adding of value from outside the water sector.

A good example of finding added value is the Dutch company Saline Farming. To address the issue of increasing salination of coastal farmland, the company started to experiment with salt tolerant crops. The company has developed new saline agricultural techniques.

According to CEO Gunnar Larsen his company is now monetizing its knowledge with training centres in coastal areas like Bangladesh. ‘We are training local farmers to work with our techniques and show that they can make money. Our businesscase is that we can sell the special seeds to these farmers that visit our centres’.
Larsen points out that for small farmers seeing is beleiving. ‘Farmers stick to their traditional farming, even if their yield is decreasing as their land is salt affected. The training centres are an essential part of our business plan for global roll out’.

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Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Van Oord awarded large land reclamation project for new refinery in Tabasco, Mexico https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37231-van-oord-awarded-large-land-reclamation-project-for-new-refinery-in-tabasco-mexico.html dws-van-oord-pemex-csd-athena-770pxMexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has given the ‘go-ahead’ for the land reclamation to accommodate the new Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) refinery in Dos Bocas, Tabasco. The dredging contract, that values 235 million euro, has been awarded to a consortium of Van Oord and Grupo Huerta Madre.

dws-van-oord-pemex-csd-mangystau-350px-1  Van Oord's CSD Mangystau at work in Kazakhstan. The booms a on both sides of the vessel are part of the anchor system that allows a precise positioning of the cutter. (photo: Van Oord)

Large cutter suction dredger
Within 10 months, Van Oord will reclaim 12 million cubic metres of sand to create 600 hectares of new land.

‘We will deploy one of our largest cutter suction dredgers, type Athena (on top photo), and a medium- size trailing suction hopper dredger for the land reclamation’, says Mark Roelofs, one of Van Oord’s dredging directors.

The project also includes 400 hectares of dynamic compaction and 6 million cubic metres of dry earth movement.

Mexico’s national oil company
The 7.3 billion euro Pemex refinery will be owned and operated by Mexico's national oil company Pemex. When operational by May 2022, it will process around 340,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day. This will make Mexico self-sufficient in the field of refined fuel products and enhance Mexico’s independency.

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

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Impression of a cutter suction dredger Artemis - How does it work? 
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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Strukton immerses second caisson for Çanakkale bridge, Turkey https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37218-strukton-immerses-second-caisson-for-canakkale-bridge-turkey.html dws-strukton-canakkale-bridge-elements-immersing-770pxStrukton Immersion Projects has successfully immersed two caissons for the foundation of the world’s largest cable-stayed bridge in Turkey.

During a 72 hour lasting operation, the second and final element was immersed with an extreme precision of 10 mm. Each caisson has a weight of approximately 66000 tonnes. The Ҫanakkale bridge has a 2023 metre span, making it the largest suspension bridge in the world. The pylons of this bridge will be built on the caissons.

dws-strukton-canakkale-bridge-vessels-350px  The second, and final casisson being towed to the location of the pylons. On top photo the immersion. (all photos: twitter Strukton)

Controlled filling
A special ballasting system that makes it possible to independently and remotely fill all 26 clusters was designed for the controlled and precise immersion of the caissons. By controlled filling of the cluster with water the caisson is immersed under water.

A special guide system on the seabed insure the precise positioning of the caisson. Four guide frames have been mounted on pre-installed piles (diameters 250 cm and 35 m long). Jacks mounted on the caisson make sure that, once positioned one metre above the seabed the caisson can be positioned with high accuracy.

After a survey check of the position, the caisson is further ballasted with water and placed on the seabed. Once on the seabed, all clusters are 100 percent filled and the jacks on the caisson are withdrawn. After removal of the ballast systems in the shafts, the shafts are filled with water as the final step.

Foundation of Canakkale bridge
Strukton Immersion Projects (SImP) has been awarded the contract for the immersion of two caissons forming the foundation of the 1915 Canakkale bridge over the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey. SImP is responsible for the engineering of all temporary works regarding the float up, float out, transport and immersion of the caissons.

The 1915 Çanakkale-bridge will be completed in March 2022.

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

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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GES2019: The perfect push for scale-ups in the water sector https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37192-ges2019-the-perfect-push-for-scale-ups-in-the-water-sector.html dws-ges2019-nwp-nijhof-deals-that-matter-770pxEntrepreneurs from all around the world will take the stage at the 2019 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague on 4 and 5 June, to convince investors their business is ready to scale up globally.

Managing Director Bianca Nijhof at the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) has a powerful message to the participating entrepreneurs of the water sector. "Make the potential investors understand that investments in water solutions have a very broad impact. Persuade them to reach out further than they usually do in other sectors". 

NWP is in the lead for the summit’s water programme together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Dutch water sector.

dws-ges2019-nwp-nijhof-350px  NWP's Managing Director Bianca Nijhof at the AIWW Summit last year (photo: Guus Schoonewille).

Impactful investment
Nijhof hopes that investors at the summit will give the entrepreneurs with their promising water solutions, the perfect push. However, she believes that it is also necessary that entrepreneurs play their part; "they must draw the investors out of their comfort zone". 

According to Nijhof the water market has very special features as it cuts through many other sectors, such as agrifood, health and energy. "This means investing in water solutions, often has additional positive impacts and hence creates more revenues elsewhere", she explains. "Investors can reduce the risks by considering a longer return time and by including the externalities in the equation".

Open minded
"Innovators are often young and think less in constraints, compared to those who are around a little longer. This can be a source for really new solutions", Nijhof continues. "Large companies have solutions that they already use on a large scale. Many are of limited use in the less developed world, especially when it comes to water supply. This is where young and smaller organisations can come in with more tailor-made solutions".

Nijhof hopes that the investors that will attend the GES summit seriously consider the wider impact of the solutions presented by the entrepreneurs of the water sector. "That is also the aim of the GES summit. To offer them a stage and connect them with investors who hopefully think more out-of-the-box and not only go for the short term financial gain, but also for the wider societal impacts and the broader economic gains".

dws-ges2019-nwp-nijhof-maxima-pharmaccess-350px Queen Maxima will open the GES2019 summit. Here seen visting a Nigerian hospital to gain momentum for a national financial inclusion strategy (photo: PharmAccess).

Gateway for water innovations
The addition of the water theme to the agenda of the summit, is important to the Dutch Government that co-hosts the event. The Netherlands is not only a gateway to Europe with its seaport in Rotterdam and its airport in Amsterdam. The country also has internationally renowned water technology hubs such as Startup Delta in Delft and the Watercampus Leeuwarden.

"The Netherlands lives with water", Nijhof adds. Her organisation promotes the Dutch water sector throughout the world. The fact that the summit will be held in The Netherlands has a special meaning. "Water is a public good and people tend to sit back and leave it to the governments to solve the global water issues. I’m very honoured that so many entrepreneurs will come to the Netherlands next week to show what they can contribute. It fits in perfectly with the strong Dutch business environment of innovative start-ups and scale-ups that are engaged with global issues like water."

Array of speakers
With only a week to go, the programme shows a great line-up of speakers, including two Dutch royalties, Queen Maxima and Prince Constantijn. Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will open the summit. Ivanka Trump has been confirmed to attend the closing plenary.

The water-related programme includes an Industry Panel with representatives from Coca Cola, Swiss RE, Dow The Chemical Company, and others. They will discuss the importance of water management and innovation for businesses.

Additionally, a Resilient by Design session on water technology with Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink, Deltares, LG Sonic, Jacobs Engineering, and the Irrigation Association will discuss the need for innovation on water technology for climate adaptation.

Thirdly, a Solutions Stage with the theme Water-Energy-Food Nexus will be held.

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Expertise: Water technology

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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 304 3700

Wed, 29 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GFZ and TU Delft intensify collaboration on geothermal energy https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37173-gfz-and-tu-delft-intensify-collaboration-on-geothermal-energy.html dws-tud-gfz-signing-ceremony2-770pxGerman GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ and Dutch Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) signed an agreement for a long-term strategic cooperation in the areas of geothermal energy and underground heat storage.

The agreement was signed by GFZ board member Reinhard Hüttl (right on top photo) and Phil Vardon of the TU Delft in Potsdam, Germany on 22 May.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima (in the back - left) witnessed the signing ceremony as part of their visit to the German state of Brandenburg. Also witnising was Brandenburg´s prime minister Dietmar Woidke (right) and his wife.

dws-tud-gfz-earth-heat-350px Better tools to detect earth heat will be one of the areas for GFZ and TU Delft to cooperate on (photo TU Delft).

Mutual access to research facilities
The GFZ and the TU Delft plan a long-term strategic cooperation in the areas of geothermal energy, storage of heat and further underground storage.

This cooperation includes access to the GFZ geothermal research platform Groß Schönebeck and to a research facility on the campus of the TU Delft.

GFZ board member Reinhard Hüttl: "The GFZ and the TU Delft have been working together purposefully and extremely fruitful for more than six years. We want to solidify that and strengthen the European research into energy transition."

Upscale of geothermal energy
According to Delft professor Phil Vardon the need to upscale the industry is an important driver for the Dutch-German cooperation. "It is expensive to drill a well for a groundwater storage system. With better predictions you have fewer failures and you can use the heat in the reservoir more effectively."

Vardon mentions the plans for a geothermal well on the Delft campus that will not only provide heat to the university, but will also provide an opportunity to study the operational aspects in detail.

This news item is based on a press release published on the website of GFZ.

(Top photo by Reinhardt & Sommer/GFZ)

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Country: Germany

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Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Upgraded Ocean Cleanup system to restart its plastic soup collection in June https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37140-upgraded-ocean-cleanup-system-to-restart-its-plastic-soup-collection-in-june.html dws-ocean-clean-up-upgrade-pipe-770pxThe Ocean Cleanup presented the upgraded prototype of the floating system to collect plastic soup in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Three new features are the disconnection of the screen to the pipe, the removal of the floaters with the electronic devices and giant inflatable buoys on the front of the system which will tow the system forward, propelled by the force of the wind. According to CEO and founder Boyan Slat the second trailing campaign is expected to start in June.

dws-ocean-clean-up-upgrade-fast-slow-350px   During the next trailing campaign the option will be tested to speed up the u-shaped system with special wind-propelled buoys (top left). An alternative is to slow down the system using a parachute-like sea anchor (below). 

Overcome two failures
The first trailing campaign from October to December last year, learned the team that stress had built up in the rail construction that connected the screen to the floating pipe. Another learning was that sometime the speed of the wind differs from the speed of collected garbage so the plastic can leave the U-curved system again.

The upgraded design, dubbed System 001/B, will entail various modifications to encounter the two main learning from the first trailing campaign.

Changes in the structure of the floating pipe includes a new screen design. The first trailing campaign has learned that the rail connection - a dovetail connection- caused the fatigue fracture.

The Ocean Cleanup team decided to completely eliminat this aspect of the design by bringing the screen slightly forward and connecting it to the pipe using slings. Another big change is the removal of the stabilizer frames. By simplifying the electronics on this design, these frames are no longer required.

Slower or faster than plastic
The team learned that to retain the captured plastic in the U-shaped system, it's not important that the system moves faster or slower than the plastic, the key is consistency. It turned out the velocity must either always be positive or negative. So either the system must always go faster than the plastic or always go slower than the plastic.

dws-ocean-cleanup-upgrade-office-drawings2-350px Many drawings and calculations have been made at the head office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Wind powered speed
The team developed two options to counter the loss of the captured plastic. Both options build on the idea of giving the system more windage. One option is the use of giant inflatable buoys on the front of the system which will tow the system forward, propelled by the force of the wind. Another option is a massive 20 diameter parachute like sea anchor, which will turn the system around and, in theory, maintain a slower speed than the plastic.

Both options will be tested during the next trailing campaign.

This news item was originally published on the website of The Ocean Cleanup.

(Photos: The Ocean Cleanup)

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CEO and founder, Boyan Slat, details the design modifications for System 001/B.

Mon, 27 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Rebuilding cyclone-hit Beira: additional drainage channels and better coastal protection https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37094-rebuilding-cyclone-hit-beira-additional-drainage-channels-and-better-coastal-protection.html dws-beira-bbbb-drainage-channel-770px-1The city of Beira, Mozambique released the Beira Municipal Recovery and Resilience Plan to rebuild the city after it was hit by cyclone Idai on 15 March. The heavy rainfall that followed in the next eight days flooded a substantial part of the city. It showed that additional drainage capacity is urgently needed.

The Beira Municipal Recovery and Resilience Plan has been compiled by a special task force that was assisted by several Dutch water experts. Among them were 7 experts from Arcadis' Shelter Program, a corporate social responsibility program with UN-Habitat. 

dws-beira-bbbb-destoyed-buidling-350px  Post-apocalyptic landscape after cyclone Idai made landfall in Beira city, Mozambique, in March.

Building back better
The recovery plan to rebuild Beira specifies a total need of 888 million US dollar, of which 193 million is needed for reconstruction of the primary drainage system for the next five years. An additional 90 million is needed to improve the coastal protection.

Next week an international donor conference will be held in Beira to discuss the recovery with financers. The conference will also include the recovery needs of the second cyclone, Kenneth, that hit the north of Mozambique on 25 April.

Neap tide
Cyclone Idai hit Beira at neap tide. Had it reached Beira during spring tide, sea water levels would have been nearly two meters higher and the flooding of the city  would have been extensive. Heavy rain flooded large parts of the city and extremely powerful gusts of wind destroyed many homes and buildings.

Coastal protection measures are high on the agenda of the plan. The existing breakwaters on the city’s Indian Ocean beaches need to be upgraded and sand nourishments are necessary on the short term.

More drainage channels
The city had inaugurated the Palmeiras drainage channel last year. The new channel did a good job and discharged large amounts of storm water that had been released by cyclone Idai.

However, the capacity of the drainage system was too limited and the recovery plan calls for similar drainage channels in other parts of the city. It also calls for the construction of a retention basin.

dws-beira-bbbb-map-mazara The map is the pilot area where 125 housing plots will be constructed, including water supply infrastructure and sufficient storm water drainage.

Earlier master plan
The new published recovery plan builds on the Beira Master Plan 2035 that has been made in close cooperation with the Dutch water sector.

One of the elements of that older master plan was to develop a whole new 400 hectares residential neigbourhood to be constructed on elevated grounds, using dredging sand from deeping the city’s port.

The project team has suggested to start a 4 hectares construction pilot with 125 housing plots to be equipped with energy, water, sewerage, road infrastructure. The pilot can start later this year.

A special focus is on the provision of social housing to address the city’s pro-poor development policies.

Necessary investments
Team leader Ben Lamoree of the municipal task force hopes the rebuilding plan will convince the donors at the conference. "The strategy is there. What is lacking is the necessary investment".

Lamoree has been working in Beira on behalf of the Dutch government for 6 years now. He assisted the municipality to develop a strategic approach to make the city climate proof, tackling problems that typically pile up in river delta’s, such as floods and coastal erosion.

According to Lamoree the masterplan has been very useful to compile the recovery plans. "All the elements to ‘build-back-better’ were already included in the master plan. If the donors agree on the plan, the work can commence immediately".

(Photos: Bas Agerbeek, Arcadis)

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Projects: Masterplan Beira 2035 Country: Mozambique

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Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Mangrove communities learn to value biodiversity and coastal protection in Rufiji river delta, Tanzania https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37081-mangrove-communities-learn-to-value-biodiversity-and-coastal-protection-in-rufiji-river-delta-tanzania.html dws-wetlands-cbemr-training-field-770pxWetlands International organised a two-phase workshop for the mangrove community in the Rufiji river deltas in Tanzania. Together with local rice farmers the options were explored to combine the rice production with the restoration of the coastal mangroves.

An important element of the workshop was to sensitise the local community on the importance of mangroves when it comes to biodiversity and the protection against flood and salt intrusion.

Both rice production and mangroves depend on fresh water and this makes the combating of salt intrusion a common goal.

dws-wetlands-cbemr-rufiji-participants  Participants of the CBEMR-workshop out in the field near Kibiti,Tanzania.

More than just planting trees
Mangrove restoration is not just planting one or two mangrove species in straight lines – it’s much more complex than that. This writes technical officer Menno de Boer of Wetlands International in his blog on the website of the Global Mangrove Alliance. In his blog he reports on the workshop in Kibiti.

The Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) training took place earlier this year and the 28 participants were informed on the importance of biodiversity when regenerating coastal mangroves.

According to De Boer, all too frequently, restoration projects move straight into building a mangrove nursery and planting before understanding the issues related to the project site. These projects often fail.

Bountiful living space
The training made the participants to understand the complexity of mangrove restoration, including site hydrology, soil elevation relative to sea level, pressures on the mangroves and why a site is not naturally regenerating.

The mangrove ecosystem in the Rufiji delta provides a bountiful living space for many iconic species, ranging from fish, migratory water birds, sea turtles nesting on beaches secured by mangrove roots, crabs and shrimp that thrive in mangrove shallows, and wildlife.

However, De Boer writes in his blog, despite the huge value of mangroves in the Rufiji delta, they are being heavily exploited and degraded.

dws-wetlands-cbemr-training-monitoring-350px Monitoring the progress of the mangrove restoration for at least three years, is an important factor to success.

Mitigation of stressors
The training addressed the mitigating mangrove stressors and reason why mangroves do not regenerate, before facilitating natural regeneration and monitoring the work for 3-5 years.

Beyond the problem of clearance for rice farming in the delta, the mangroves suffer from over-harvesting of mangroves poles and timber and smothering by climbers which stress big trees and kill off juvenile plants and natural regeneration.

Role of rice farmers
Rice farming within this part of the delta was possible because the salinity of the water was so low, which also encouraged the mangroves to grow rapidly, Den Boer continues.

The combined group explored what conditions and resources the government would have to provide to stop any further encroachment, incentive the farmers to restore the land they had cleared of mangroves, and eventually encourage the farmers to move inland to farm in more appropriate areas.

Discussions included the need to offer alternative livelihood options that would reduce the mangrove clearance. To encourage discussion of this option, the trainers presented case studies from Thailand documenting community honey production in mangrove-based villages. Representatives from different countries who attended the training also shared lessons learned from their own projects, successes and challenges.

MAP programme
The workshop was part of Mangrove Capital Africa (MAP) programme that is led by Wetlands International. The programme seeks to empower local communities to restore and steward their mangroves while deriving sustainable mangrove-based livelihoods. The workshop in Tanzania was based on the Community-Based Ecological Mangrove Restoration (CBEMR) method, and included participants from Kenya, Mozambique and Madagascar.

Read the full blog by Menno de Boer on the website of Global Mangrove Alliance.

(Photos: Wetlands International)

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Country: Tanzania

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+31 318 660 910

Impression of training of representatives of communities from Rufiji Delta on how to restore mangroves successfully.

Wed, 22 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Seabed Geosolution gets contract for multi-client off shore survey of Mississippi canyon https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37067-seabed-geosolution-gets-contract-for-multi-client-off-shore-survey-of-mississippi-canyon.html dws-fugro-seabed-geosolutions-general-770px-1Seabed Geosolutions, a joint venture by Dutch-based company Fugro and Compagnie Générale de Géophysique (CGG), announces its first contract to provide a multi-client ocean bottom node (OBN) survey in the Mississippi Canyon area in the Gulf of Mexico.

For this 3D survey nodes will be deployed to 2,100 meter water depths, illuminating a challenging target area in one of the deepest offshore production areas in the world.

dws-fugro-sgs-abyss-obn-scheme-350px-  Remotely controlled nodes will be deployed to the seabed at 2,100 m

Advanced sensor technology
The project will utilise Seabed Geosolutions’ advanced ocean bottom nodes, equipped with 4-component and CASE Abyss technology.

Stephan Midenet, CEO, Seabed Geosolutions: "We are excited to embark on our first OBN project with CGG over the highly prospective Mississippi Canyon area using our proven CASE Abyss node technology." 

Midenet: "The survey will combine our expertise in ocean bottom seismic operations with CGG’s advanced OBN imaging technology and experience."

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

(Photos: Seabed Geosolutions)

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Tue, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
UNESCO Water Conference: Expansion hydropower looms, impact on African rivers https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37029-unesco-water-conference-expansion-hydropower-looms-impact-on-african-rivers.html dws-unesco-panel-ondo-semaga-klimes-moors-770px'Water for all', but the same goes for ‘electricity for all’. The huge potential of hydropower in Africa was a central theme at the Unesco International Water Conference in Paris.

Dams in Africa’s transboundary rivers often cause tensions between the riparian states. So if Africa opts for ‘electricity for all’ many more dams will be build and therefore river basin management and water diplomacy will become more important. This surfaced in several expert panels at the conference.

Reliable data on river flows and strong mandates for river commissions can help to overcome distrust between states and local communities that are affected by hydropower dams. The UNESCO Conference drew 900 delegates from 126 countries. It took place on 13 and 14 May.

dws-unesco-panel-klimes-moors-350px Martine Klimes (left) of SIWI and Eddy Moors of IHE Delft mentioned the important role can water organisations play to bring their knowledge to the table when nations have arguments over transboundary rivers.

Intercontinental power grid
Africa has several large river, such as Nile, Niger, Congo and Zambezi, that hold a huge potential for additional hydropower. At the UNESCO-conference a large Chinese delegation unfolded a megaplan to build a huge global electricity grid that connects Asia, Africa and Europa.

An important input to this grid, could be solar, wind and hydro energy from Africa, the Chinese delegations proposed. One of Africa's four major rivers, the Congo river, playes a central role in the Chinese plan that was presented.

Free river flow
In a closing panel discussion on the global water and energy issues (on top photo), high-commissioner Hamed Diana Semaga of the Organisation for the development of the Senegal River (OMVS) urged for more transparency and open dialogues on the development of Africa’s transboundary rivers.

After 47 years his organisation is still standing, he highlighted. A big achievement as it has no legal status, Semaga proudly added. He advocated a stronger mandate for river commissions, to secure the sovereignty of a river to flow freely.

dws-u-nesco-princess-sumaya-350px Princess Sumaya of Jordan announced a dedicated observation organisation for shared ground- and surface water bodies.

Informal meetings
Martina Klimes of the Stockholm International Water Institute mentioned the importance of informal meetings. Both her institute, as well as the IHE Delft institute, regularly organise informal meetings between riparian state to ease the tensions and seek possible solutions. “As African hydropower looms, there will be much distrust at formal settings”, she predicted.

Rector Eddy Moors of IHE Delft called for organisations to bring more hydrological knowledge to the table when riparian state discuss their transboundary rivers. He referred to special workshops for students at his institute where they learn to deal with complex water issues, that involve important social-economic aspects.

Moors added that hydropower can also be an enabler to ease tensions. “The tensions over transboundary rivers are mainly rooted in uncertainty and lack of knowledge of hydrological consequences”, he pointed out. “Bringing in the potential of electricity can give a new dimension to break through impasse caused by hydrologists”.

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Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
IRC announces launch of academy on WASH systems https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/37009-irc-announces-launch-of-academy-on-wash-systems.html dws-irc-academy-rope-pump-training-770pxLater this year, non-governmental organisation IRC Wash will launch an academy to help professionals with the implementation and strengthening of a system approach for the delivery of drinking water and sanitation. Participants of the WASH Systems Academy can take a free basic online course and follow an additional training course to become a WASH service master.

dws-irc50-wash-systems-building-blocks-450px IRC's scheme of 8 building blocks to implement a systematic approach for WASH services.

Service delivery
Pumps break, but resilient systems keep the water flowing. This is the motto of non-governmental organisation IRC Wash that has a strategic focus on the service delivery of drinking water and sanitation.

The academy's aim is to stimulate people to start a career as expert on WASH systems or senior practitioner to better understand what a systems strengthening approach entails and how to integrate it in the daily work. This free online course will be available from August 2019.

Interactive platform
The WASH Systems Academy is intended to be an interactive platform, providing courses that can be followed on a mobile phone, through an app, or on a computer.

The academy will engage WASH-workers to share views and experiences in all courses. The course entails 10 sessions and ends with a multiple-choice test and a digital certificate if successfully concluded.

dws-irc-acadmy-wash-system-india-we-350px By learning the skills to build their own toilets - here seen in India - local communities become self supporting in maintaining WASH services.

All systems go
IRC has taken the lead on the introduction of a systematic approach for the delivery of drinking water and sanitation. In March it organised the international conference All Systems go! In The Hague, the Netherlands, that welcomed participants representing over 165 organisations and institutions from around the world.

IRC acknowledges that delivering sustainable WASH services is a complex undertaking as it requires a different mind-set. It breaks with the traditional short term development aid to do only one single WASH-project.

A systematic approach is a long term commitment that looks after an effective maintenance of rural water points, monitoring of the water quality, introduction of tariffs to be able to pay for repairs, and help local governments to do better planning.

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


(Photos: IRC Wash)

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Find out what's to come in the WASH Systems Academy in this short (1.45 min) animation.

Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
GES2019: First next-generation scale-ups announced to solve global water issues https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36992-ges2019-first-next-generation-scale-ups-announced-to-solve-global-water-issues.html dws-ges2019-participants-poster-770pxThe first participating scale-ups of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 have been announced. Some 70 next-generation entrepreneurs from the global water sector have been selected to pitch their new technologies to the world’s top investors in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 4 and 5 June.

According to the organisers over 5,000 applications have been received and the scale-ups that now have been selected, are considered to be ground-breaking on the key themes of the event; agrifood, connectivity, energy, health and water.

dws-ges2019-participants-opening-maxima-350px Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will deliver the opening speech (Photo: RVD - Jeroen van der Meyde)

Packed programme
Shortlisted scale-ups will have a full program with multiple training days and a pitch competition. Throughout the whole programme, they will have several occasions to meet investors, other businesses and potential customers. Eleven scale-ups will compete for a selection as a finalist.

Renowned Dutch business leaders, politicians, academics and researchers will be taking part in GES 2019. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will deliver the opening speech. 

Other prominent guests like Philips CEO Frans van Houten, Shell Netherlands CEO Marjan van Loon, DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, ABP Pension Fund chair Corien Wortmann-Kool, TomTom co-founder Corinne Vigreux, and Prince Constantijn, the ambassador of StartupDelta, have already confirmed their attendance at the event (invitation only).

Participants from the Dutch water sector
Below is an overview of Dutch companies active in the water sector that have now been listed.
ReGen Villages - redevelopment of neighbourhoods including water management
Groasis - small container (Waterboxx) to grow trees in dry areas
Villagepump - hand pump with a UF membrane
CaribAlgae - algae production from wastewater and CO2-gas emissions
Blik Sensing - measurement of ground water levels
Elemental Water Makers - 24/7 solar desalination using gravity or batteries
Floating Farm - a cattle farm made floatable
BAM Infra - porous asphalt using reclaimed toilet paper from waste water
SolarDew International - natural desalination using evaporation and condensation, relying on the sun
LG Sonic - floating device to combat algae growth using sonar
Vertical Rainforest - growing of plants on a vertical surface using IoT-sensors to monitor growing conditions

Water-related Dutch participants in other sectors:
aQysta - irrigation pump that runs on the flow of a river
Waterwatch Cooperative - satellite based app that alerts farmers on irrigation matters
Bluerise - energy production from oceans by using the difference in temperature at different levels
REDstack -  energy production by using the different salt gradients in fresh and salt water at river mouths
Safi Sana - production of energy and fertilizers from human faeces

See the full list of all participants in all five key themes.

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•  Water Tech Fest: Caught in the battle between game changers and game keepers, 27 May 2016

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Three views on next-generation entrepreneurship that is inspired by solving global issues.

Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Global Water Tech Hub Alliance opens its first two global Call for Solutions https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36966-global-water-tech-hub-alliance-opens-its-first-two-global-call-for-solutions.html dws-istock-watertech
A method to soften waste water from coal-fired power plants and a method to identifiy indicator bacteria: The Chinese and Israeli partners of the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance are looking for these solutions. A Call for Solutions for both methods has been released and the global water technology community is invited to submit their solutions. The deadline is 18 June.

dws-gwtha-call-signing-molenkamp-350px  In September last year the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance was established when all six partners signed a joint declaration in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Here seen signing is director Hein Molenkamp of Water Alliance (Photo: Global Water Tech Hub).

Cheaper alternative for chemicals
One call has been issued by the Jiangsu Water Tech Cluster and challenges organisations to run an on-site pilot for pre-treatment of waste water at a coal power plant in the Jiangsu province in China.
According to the cluster the power plant uses limestone gypsum from its desulfurization process in its waste water treatment process. The limestone gypsum causes calcium hardness and the softening with chemicals is costly. Therefore the cluster challenges the global water community to come up with a cheaper alternative.

Rapid identification of indicator bacteria
A totally different Call for Solutions comes from the Israeli national water company Mekorot. It seeks an innovative method for rapid identification of indicator bacteria in the field, in the laboratory, and continuously in the water supply system. Mekorot is specially interested in automatic field sensors for early warning and continuous real-time detection of changes in water quality and acute pollution.
The Israeli water company offers a full scale comparative pilot testing of the technology for 6-12 months, side by side with other innovative technologies in its central laboratory.

dws-gwtha-call-jiangsu-zhang2-350px At the EWTW last year, managing director Shaoxian Zhang at the Chinese Jiangsu cluster emphasised the importance of testing water technology at industrial scale. Now his cluster offers such an opportunity at a Chinese coal power station in Jiangsu.

First two calls
The two global Call for Solutions are the first ones made public by the Global Water Tech Hub Alliance (GWTHA). The hub was established last year during the European Water Technology Week in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. One of the hub’s aims is to speed up the development of innovative water technologies addressing an existing demand.

According to Hein Molenkamp, director of the Dutch partner Water Alliance, these first two calls fit this aim perfectly. "It shows how our global hub can help to foster innovative solutions that have a potential of international application. Interested technology suppliers have an opportunity to test their solution on international markets". Molenkamp expects that the hub can soon publish more of such calls.

Showcased at international trade fairs
In addition to the facilities to pilot the requested technologies in China and Israel, the hub will showcase the solutions at interntional trade fairs. An international panel of experts will evaluate the proposals and interview shortlisted applicants before the finalists are announced in August.

Successful solutions will be piloted with the aim to implement them at scale. The challenges are directly linked to significant business or research opportunities and the initial outcomes of the results will be showcased by GWTHA at water events like Aquatech Amsterdam and WATEC as of November 2019.

This news item was originally published on the website of Global Water Tech Hub Alliance.

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EWTW2018: Six prominent water technology hubs gather at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 25 September 2018
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Mon, 13 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Water as Leverage: fine-tuning of projects gets financers and city planners involved https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36949-water-as-leverage-fine-tuning-of-projects-gets-financers-and-city-planners-involved.html dws-wal-singapore-workshop-singh-770pxAgain financers and city planners met with the teams responsible for sketching out transformative Water as Leverage projects in three Asian cities Semarang (Indonesia), Chennai (India) and Khulna (Bangladesh) in Singapore. This time to fine-tune the projects.

The three-day workshop, that took place from 23 to 25 April, got the financers and city planners engaged in the final detailing of the projects to make them bankable, balancing between a creative approach and avoiding unnecessary risks.

Water as Leverage aims to help leapfrog Asian cities towards climate resilience by delivering on the integration of grey, green or blue infrastructure, making the cities more liveable.

dws-wal-singapore2-table-enthousiasme-350px  Vigorous talks at the round table sessions for the fine-tuning of the projects. On top photo, above, is Principal secretary Harmander Singh of Chennai explaining the need for innovations to tackle urban water issues.

Final details
Started in July last year, six expert teams have been working on transformative water projects in three Asian cities. Twice the teams held consultations with local stakeholders in the three cities and on one occasion the teams had the opportunity to present their projects to financers.

This time the teams met with financers and city planners to show their latest project updates and to discuss the implementation in more detail.

Clear pathways
´Singapore proved again a necessary step in project preparation´, commented Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink as chair of the programme’s advisory board. ‘We sketched out clear pathways for all opportunities in all three cities.’

According to Ovink a roadmap is now defined for each city, including aspects such as ‘governance’, to help ensure that this comprehensive approach is sustained. ‘We have identified what needs to be done, who does what, how can we organise it and when the results can be delivered’, he said.

Ovink noted that every single financial partner present said the same thing: ‘We’ve never seen this before!’.

dws-wal-singapore2-wall2-350px Henk Ovink pins the road maps to implementation on the wall.

With these road maps the Water as Leverage projects enter the last stage of preparation: the ultimate buy-in at national, provincial and, of course, city level for the project proposals.

The programme recognises water’s connecting and interdependent strength and sees it as an opportunity. Water can be a leverage for impactful and catalytic change to make climate adaptation happen.

The Water as leverage projects aim to find solutions to the complex water issues in cities. This process is an important element of the whole programme as it brings together the existing capacities of different disciplines conducive to climate adaptation. It creates an enabling environment combined with an interdisciplinary approach in which all aspects come together, including financing. This approach is an example for all Asian cities to speed up the implementation of climate adaptation plans.

Six teams
The six teams involved, are:
● in Chennai, India
- team Rising Waters, Raising Futures
with Deltares, IGCS, IIT Madras, Care Earth Trust, CUDi (Center for Urban Design Innovation, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Waggonner & Ball, Benthem Crouwel Architects, Arcadis and VanderSat.
- team City of 1.000 Tanks
with OOZE VOF, Madras Terrace, Goethe Institut, Ramakrishnan Venkatesh, Vanessa Peter, IHE Delft, Rain Centre, Care Earth Trust, Paper Man, Pitchandikulam, IIT Madras, TU Delft, HKV.

dws-wal-singapore2-casacing-semarang-350px  The Cascading Semarang team prepares for their final presentation

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

● in Khulna, Bangladesh
- team Creating inclusive and natural water synergies in Khulna urban region
with Euroconsult Mott MacDonald B.V., Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Urban and Regional Planning (KUET-URP).
- team Khulna as a Water Inclusive City
with CDR International, Defacto Ubranism, Nelen en Schuurmans, DevConsultant, Khulna University, RoyalHaskoningDHV, Wageningen University and Research.

This news item is based on an originally item published on the website of Water as Leverage.
(all photos by Cynthia van Elk | Water as Leverage)

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Water as leverage: City designs gather momentum with presentations to financial sector, 24 December 2018
Water as Leverage: Energetic first round design workshops in Chennai, Khulna and Semarang, 14 November 2018
Six teams selected to develop groundbreaking urban water projects in Asia, 25 July 2018
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The Hague, the Netherlands
+31 70 379 80 00

Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Dutch Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen opens pumping station on Saba, Caribbean https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36922-dutch-minister-van-nieuwenhuizen-opens-pumping-station-on-saba-caribbean.html dws-vei-saba-pompstation-nieuwenhuizen-zagers-770pxDutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has officially put the pumping station on the island of Saba into use. The pumping station connects to desalination plant to three storage tanks divided over the island where villagers can get their drinking water. The distribution used to go by truck.

The opening took place on 6 May in the presence of Commissioner Bruce Zagers of Saba (left on top photo). Saba is a Caribbean island that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the official status of a special municipality.

dws-vei-saba-haven-350px  Harbour of Saba where sea water is desalinated.

Piped water for villagers
The new pumping station and the storage tanks are part of the project to connect the villages on the island to a distribution system for drinking water. As a result, the residents of Saba no longer have to rely on small trucks to transport the water from the port to their villages.

Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen complimented the community of Saba on the achievement: "It is good to see how hard work is being done to get sufficient, affordable and good drinking water for the residents. I greatly appreciate the people on Saba who have achieved this."

Cheaper drinking water
With the pipe system the costs for drinking water are expected to be more than halved. It not only saves the residents money, it also provides convenience. A huge improvement compared to a few years ago when a navy ship had to come in the dry months to bring drinking water to the island. 

dws-vei-saba-bottle-plant-start-knops-350px In January the construction of a bottle plant was initiated. The plant will be ready later this year and is expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of the drinking water in the island. (Photo: PublicEntitySaba)

Dry months
In the rainy season, most residents of Saba collect rainwater in their own cellars. However, in the dry seasons additional drinking water is supplied by small trucks that travel daily between the port, where the drinking water is produced from seawater, and the villages. Now the residents can get drinking water easier and faster.

The hospital, the school, the medical school and the government building are directly connected and can pump the water into their own storage basins.

Local contractors
The management and maintenance is carried out by the island itself and the work is done by local contractor Saba Roads with help and advice from Vitens Evides International (VEI).

The work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is contributing 3 million euros to the drinking water project on Saba.

This news item is based on original releases on the website of the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Water management (in Dutch only) and the Facebook page of PublicEntitySaba.

(Photos: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)


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+3188 884 79 91

Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Workshop kicks off development of strategic plan for clean Moron river, Buenos Aires https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36896-workshop-kicks-off-development-of-strategic-plan-for-clean-moron-river-buenos-aires.html dws-deltares-arroyo-moron-workshop-350px
Water utilities Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos, Waternet Amsterdam and research institute Deltares held a first workshop for the development of a strategic plan to improve the water quality of the Morón river in Buenos Aires. The river is one of the most polluted tributaries of the Rio Reconquista that runs through the capital city. Untreated domestic wastewater, discharges by industries and the uncontrolled dumping of solid waste are the main sources of pollution.

dws-deltares-arroyo-moron-pollution-350px  Polluted Morón river in the Morón city district of Buenos Aires (Photo: Deltares)

Community involvement
An important aspect of the development of the plan will be the involvement of stakeholders, including the communities of the city districts of Morón and Hurlingham that border the Morón river. The first workshop was organised to make this happen.

This strategy will also be based on an integrated approach that includes urban planning, solid waste management and models for sustainable financing. Dutch research institute Deltares will scientifically assist the process, using the D-Emission model to assess a baseline for pollution loads and the effectiveness of programmes of measures under different scenarios. The plan is expected to be ready by July.

dws-deltares-moron-river-mou-ovink-bereciartua-350px Signing of the Argentinian-Dutch MoU in Amsterdam in 2017 by Vice Minister Bereciartua (left) and Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink (right). The MoU was signed in the presence of Queen Maxima (right), King Willem-Alexander (second right), Argentina president Marci (second left) and his wife. 

Several organisations involved
Several Dutch and Argentinian organisations work together on the project. Argentinian organisations involved, are the local water authority Comirec, the provincial water authority Autoridades del Agua (ADA) and the municipal water utility Agua y Saneamientos Argentinos (AySA).

Participating from the Netherlands are water utility Waternet Amsterdam, the City of Amsterdam and research institute Deltares.

Deltares contributes with an integrated approach to improve water quality in the Morón River, using a D-Emission model to assess a baseline for pollution loads and the effectiveness of programmes of measures under different scenarios.

Argentinian-Dutch collaboration
An important catalyst of the Argentinian-Dutch project was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Water in Amsterdam in March 2017 by Argentinian Vice Minister of Infrastructure and Water Policy Pablo Bereciartua and Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Argentina president Mauricio Macri, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.

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

(Top photo: Deltares)

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Country: Argentina

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Wed, 08 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Smart sensoring rolled out for better water management in Myanmar https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36880-smart-sensoring-rolled-out-for-better-water-management-in-myanmar.html dws-tud-myanmar-sensor-river-flows-boat-770pxEarlier this year the project ‘Leapfrogging Delta Management in Myanmar’ was successfully concluded. For two years Dutch and Myanmar experts, including young professionals worked together on this project. By using smart monitoring and modelling technologies they gained insights in rainfall, river flows, erosion and soil subsidence.

The collection and handling of online data, using mobile phones and specially developed apps, sets out the Myanmar’s water authorities on a state-of-the-art water monitoring system.


 Myanmar's 4G-network can now be used to quickly transmit data on river levels with special developed apps, using mobile phones.

Upscaling to Ayeyarwady delta
The main aim of the project was to extend the initial work on innovative smart information solutions tested in the Bago-Sittaung river basin to the whole Ayeyarwady Delta.

Coalitions were created around specific information products. In each coalition, partners work on innovative monitoring technologies to combine remote sensing, ground data collection with modelling techniques.

The partners in the coalitions were the Myanmar National Water Resources Committee, Irrigation Technology Center (Bago), Yangon Technological University, Myanmar Maritime University, VPdelta, TU Delft, Disdrometrics, FutureWater, Akvo, SHORE Monitoring & Research, Mobile Water Management, HKV Lijn in Water, SkyGeo, Wavedroid and VanderSat.

A paradise for engineers
According to Marjan Kreijns of VP Delta, one of the Dutch partners, Myanmar is very suited for this kind of innovation. "It’s a ‘paradise for engineers. The innovations could be implemented very quickly, because there were no existing structures that needed to be adjusted."

Thanks to the project, financed by the Partners for Water programme, the country gained access to the latest innovations, she continues: "They are happy with everything. It went from: do you have a method for measuring water quality very quickly? Fantastic! Let’s go!"

dws-tud-myanmar-sensor-wavedroid-350px Wavedroid is a low-cost buoy to collect real-time wave data.

Mapping river depths
Kreijns: "Take the traditional fishing boats. With sensors you can nowadays transform them into a high-tech measuring system that allows you to map the river depths in remote areas. Innovative smart buoys collect wave measurements off the coast in a cheap way."

The project showed that high-tech technology that used to be unaffordable is now within reach of developing countries as a result of the digital revolution.

The results of the project will be presented in an online platform to disseminate the products and services to a local and international audience.

This news item is based on a blog published on the website of Delft University of Technology.

(Photos: TU Delft/VP Delta)

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Delta Academy: forty students learn to deal with complex river delta issue, 19 May 2016
Expertise: Enabling delta life
Country: Myanmar

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Delft, the Netherlands
+31 6 482 61 845

Rolf Hut of Delft University of Technology explains how tracers are positioned on strategic locations along the Ayeyarwady river to able to study interactions at river systems confluences

Mon, 06 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Holland Resiliency Week helps California to think more strategically on water https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36862-holland-resiliency-week-helps-california-to-think-more-strategically-on-water.html dws-sf-holland-resliency-week-seminar-770pxLast week the Holland Resiliency Week brought together Dutch and American experts in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco to discuss the transformation toward sustainable and resilient cities.

Central on the agenda were California’s two prominent coastal cities: Los Angeles that is defining several infrastructure projects as it heads towards the Olympic Games of 2028 and San Francisco that seeks a way to counter the sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay.

A cross cutting topic during the meetings was the need for a bold, and more overarching approach to water.

dws-sf-holland-resiliency-week-kunst-kick-off-1-may-350px   Consul-general Gerbert Kunst kicks off the seminar in San Francisco.

All-of-above approach
The need for such an approach is reflected in the recent publication of an executive order by state governor Gavin Newsom. His order aims at a climate-resilient water system.

"California’s water challenges are daunting, from severely depleted groundwater basins to vulnerable infrastructure to unsafe drinking water in far too many communities. Climate change magnifies the risks", said Governor Newsom on the occasion of the launch of the order.

Newson: "To meet these challenges, we need to harness the best in science, engineering and innovation to prepare for what’s ahead and ensure long-term water resilience and ecosystem health. We’ll need an all-of-above approach to get there". 

dws-sf-holland-resilience-week-cover-too-little-too-much-350px Cover of the report 'Too Little, Toom Much' presented by the NL Resiliency Collective last year.

Ground-zero for sea level rise
At the seminar ‘Next steps for Bay Area’ in San Francisco on 1 May, the next steps were discussed in the preparations by the city for sea level rise and the effects of climate change.

The San Francisco Bay is considered as ground-zero for sea level rise as pointed out in the report ‘Too Little + Too Much’, presented during the Global Climate Action summit in September last year.

The report was a spin-off of the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge, where 10 teams of international experts developed ideas for existing problems in the Bay Area. Many Dutch companies and experts were among those teams.

"What the Bay Area is missing is an overarching approach, one that spans from Napa Valley to San Jose", said Dutch special envoy on water Henk Ovink, who pointed out the report was just the first step in presenting an overarching approach.

Wetlands and sea walls
Dutch and American experts discussed the next steps that are needed to transform the bay into a resilient area that’s not only climate-proof but also a great place to live in.

Recently the ‘San Francisco Shoreline Adaptation Atlas’ has been released that divides the Bay’s 400 miles of shoreline into 30 zones, and recommends a range of options — from constructing wetlands to concrete sea walls — for each zone, based on local conditions.


More sustainable infrastructure
The seminar “Sustainable Cities, the Dutch Approach” brought together Dutch experts and Los Angeles stakeholders in resiliency and smart mobility to exchange challenges, solutions, and expertise.

The city is heading towards the Olympic Games in 2028, and is determined to renew the infrastructure in a sustainable way. It aims to complete 28 projects, such as repairing and replacing aging infrastructure, and new projects regarding green infrastructure.

During the seminar Consul General Kunst called for the Netherlands and California to work together. "This ambitious agenda provides opportunities for more collaboration, focusing on infrastructure and mobility projects, delta technology, water tech and circular economy."

This news item is based on a report originally published on the website of the US embassy of the Netherlands.

(Photos: Gerard Kunst, Henk Ovink, consulate-General in San Francisco)

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Country: USA

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Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Royal HaskoningDHV awarded for UK’s first coastal sandscaping scheme https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36831-royal-haskoningdhv-awarded-for-uk-s-first-coastal-sandscaping-scheme.html dws-rhdhv-nce100-gala1a-770pxDutch-based Consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV won the first prize in de category 'Innovation in project initiation' of the New Civil Engineers 100 awards. It received the award for its work together with North Norfolk District Council on the innovative sandscaping project on the North Norfolk coast to protect the Bacton Gas Terminal, which supplies 30 percent of the UK’s gas supply.

This year’s annual NCE100 awards were handed out in London on 30 April. New Civil Engineers is the monthly magazine for members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the UK chartered body for civil engineering in the UK.

dws-rhdhv-nce100-award-bacton-aerial-350px  Bacton gas terminal on the North Sea coast, under threat from coastal erosion.

Nature-based coastal defence
The British coast near Bacton suffers heavily from erosion and Royal HaskoningDHV designed a sandscaping solution to stop the erosion. The developement of the scheme recently started with the depositing of a large amount of sand in a single beach renourishment operation.

Waves, currents and wind will gradually spread the sand along the shore and nourish the beaches over a long distance. The scheme has taken inspiration from a Dutch sandscaping solution and it will be the first of its kind in the UK and outside the Netherlands.

dws-rhdhv-nce100-award-zandmotor2011-2016 Sandscaping project Sand Motor in the Netherlands shows how waves, currents and wind are gradually spreading the 20.5 million m3 sand pile that had been put in place in a single nourishment operation in 2011 (Photos: Rijkswaterstaat).

Stakeholder engagement
According to the jury the project demonstrates the transfer of a best practice in Europe into a UK context. "The firm communicated a developed understanding of the hard business benefits as well as the softer community benefits that will result from their innovative approach", as stated in the jury’s verdict.

For this award category the jury was looking for those firms that put a lot of effort in helping to get projects off the ground by working with the client to refine the concept, help secure funding, win public support and gain planning approval.

Demanding and complex project
Jaap Flikweert (holding the award on top photo), Leading Professional for Flood Resilience at Royal HaskoningDHV was delighted that the Bacton project won the award. "It’s a great reward for the team in what has been a demanding and complex project."

Flikweert praised the opportunity to set up a productive public-private partnership: "We’re using our innovative Dutch sandscaping solution for the first time in the UK". 

"By bringing together all of the various parties involved we were able to extend the project into a highly collaborative public-private partnership, meaning that we can provide further protection for two villages along the coast, as well as the Gas Terminal", Flikweert said.

Last year Royal HaskoningDHV won a NCE100 award in the category Climate Resilience for its work on the Moray Flood Alleviation project.

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

(Photos: Royal HaskoningDHV)

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Country: United Kingdom

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Amersfoort, the Netherlands 
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Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
WaterCampus Leeuwarden adds high-voltage laboratory to its research facilities, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36813-watercampus-leeuwarden-adds-high-voltage-laboratory-to-its-research-facilities-the-netherlands.html dws-wetsus-high-voltage-lab-schaper-buisman2-770px-1Water technology research centre Wetsus and NHL Stenden University opened the Gilbert-Armstrong high-voltage laboratory at the WaterCampus in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. 

Both institutes expanded their research facility to allow their students and researchers to study electrohydrodynamics in more detail. 

The laboratory was officially opened by Wetsus-director Cees Buisman (right on top photo) and NHL-chairman Erica Schaper (left) on 18 April.

dws-wetsus-high-voltage-lab-researcher-350px  Researchers and students can study the characteristics of electrically charged water and discover the potential for new water treatment technologies.

Two famous inventors
At the opening ceremony, the name of the Gilbert-Armstrong Laboratory was officially revealed.

The name refers to two famous British researchers: Ian Gilbert, the inventor of electrospray and William Armstrong, the inventor of floating water bridge. Both phenomena are part of two research subjects being studied in the lab.

The new lab adds to the advanced existing facilities for senior researchers, PhD-student and master students at Wetsus and NHL Stenden to experiment with innovative water technologies.

Electrically charged water
Electrohydrodynamics, also known as electro-fluid-dynamics or electrokinetics, is the study of the dynamics of electrically charged fluids. It studies the motions of ionized particles or molecules and their interactions with electric fields and the surrounding fluid, in this case water.

dws-wetsus-high-voltage-lab-general-view-350px General view of the overall water technology laboratory at WaterCampus Leeuwarden.

An example is electrospray, where water flows through a small, electrically charged atomizer and makes very small drops through the load.

This process is already being used industrially, but in the laboratory researchers can to bring water to another state through high voltage.

The technology has a potential for desalination of sea water.

Floating water bridge
The new lab can also be used for the current research on the ‘floating water bridge’. 

This effect is created by applying a high voltage to two containers of water, which causes the water to climb out of the containers and form a bridge in mid-air as the containers are slowly pulled apart.

The study of this complex phenomena provides a deeper fundamental understanding of water. It also gives insight into areas ranging from desalination and zero-waste manufacturing to biochemistry.

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

(Photos: Wetsus)

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Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 +0200
A4labs involves local farmers in groundwater monitoring in two African river basins https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36796-a4labs-involves-local-farmers-in-groundwater-monitoring-in-two-african-river-basins.html dws-acacia-a4lab2scr-zimbabwe-770pxA4Labs – Arid African Alluvial Aquifers – installed several equipment to monitor the shallow groundwater levels in ‘dry’ sandy river beds in two African river basins. The first baseline monitoring reports are now being shared with the local farmers so they can learn to store more water in the soil of the river during the wet seasons. A4Labs is coordinated by IHE Delft, Mekelle University, Oxfam Mozambique, Dabane Trust, Acacia Water and Oxfam Novib.

dws-acacia-a4lab2scr-chokwe-350px  Agriculture along the Limpopo river near Chokwe, Mozambique.

Three sites
A4labs have been established in three arid to semi-arid sites in Africa. One is situated in the Nile Basin in Tekeze, Tigray region, Ethiopia. Two others are situated in the Limpopo basin in Mzingwane, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe and Gaza Province, Mozambique.

These arid and semi-arid lands are often considered marginal and lost to socio-economic development due to water scarcity.

Assessment of river beds
The A4Labs studies alternative ways in which water from sandy river beds can best be accessed and used for farmers and other water users. These, so-called alluvial aquifers or sand rivers, can store a lot of water that can be made available during the dry season.

dws-acacia-a4lab2scr-drain-350px Irrigation pipes in a dry river bed in Mozambique.

Up and running
The first baseline reports are finished and the three projects are fully up and running. In Mozambique the Experimental Lab was successfully installed on a farm of the Polytechnic Institute of Gaza (SPG).

Along the Limpopo river, divers are installed together with a community-awareness programme.

In Zimbabwe project ownership was strengthened through capacity building on piezometer reading. Farmers have gained knowledge on recording the water level, making it easy for them to determine the amount of groundwater available in the river. Also, last march, Practica foundation visited Zimbabwe to test solar pumps and manual drilling together with Dabane Trust.

dws-acacia-a4lab2scr-consultation-350px  Consultation with farmers on the use of irrigation water from 'dry' rivers.

Sharing experiences
Coming September, the annual meeting to foster learning is held in Zimbabwe. Here learning experiences will be shared between the Zimbabwe and Mozambique projects. During the meeting also the status, planning and way forward of the project will be discussed.

Co-learning will be institutionalised at the sites, as well as between the three sites, through conscious monitoring and evaluations by farmers and other players, assisted by local students.

A4Labs will also study the effect of upscaling methodologies for use at river basin scale while maintaining sustainable abstraction limits and minimising negative social and ecological consequences.

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

(Photos: Acacia Water)

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Expertise: Water and agrifood
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Gouda, the Netherlands
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Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
IHE Delft Graduation Day: 128 water professionals receive MSc diploma https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36764-ihe-delft-graduation-day-128-water-professionals-receive-msc-diploma.html dws-ihe-delft-gruation-day-students2-770pxDuring the annual Graduation Day of water education institute IHE Delft, this year a total of 128 water professionals from over 40 different countries received the striking blue tube that contained their diplomas. The students were cheered on by over 200 guests, including family, friends, the Dutch families and IHE Delft staff. The celebration took place in the historical Old Church in Delft, the Netherlands, on 25 April.

dws-ihe-delft-gruation-day-moore-350px Rector Eddy Moors of IHE Delft urged the graduates to keep in touch and join the collaborative initiatives of all other alumni.

Contribute to SDG goals
On the occasion Rector of IHE Delft, Professor Eddy Moors, addressed all participants and said: '’Water crises are a severe risk in the world and we need your help to share the knowledge to enable the water sector to make a step forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Moors concluded by urging the graduates to keep in touch with IHE Delft, "so we can learn and improve ourselves from your experiences in the future. With the group that is here, we will make a next step in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is now time to put into practice what you have learned".

The graduates join the IHE Delft alumni family of over 23,000 alumni across the globe.

dws-ihe-delft-graduation-day-supporting-sgd-350px Graduates showed their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Important qualities
Prof.dr.ir. Hubert H.G. Savenije, Honorary Fellow of IHE Delft, recalled the opportunities for him having been a student at IHE Delft: "I am quite sure that when you are ten years further on you will look back on your time at IHE Delft and realize that it helped you to make an additional step and opened the world to you". 

Savenije: "IHE Delft has in my opinion three important qualities: It is the capacity building institute in the world; at IHE Delft you study your own environment/societal context, which is unique; you are now part of a unique network of people. I wish you a very fruitful career.''

No boundaries
The ceremony concluded with an address by student representatives, Karelia Martinez Zambrana from Nicaragua and Parth Kamath from India, who told the audience about their study journey, with many new social and cultural experiences.

dws-ihe-delft-gruadtion-day-zambrana-350px   Graduate Karelia Martinez Zambrana talked about her personal experiences during her study and about water being a social and cultural binding element.

"We all experienced and realized at some point in our personal or professional life that water was an issue that should be addressed. IHE Delft became the venue where cultures collide, and water became the binding element", said Karelia Martinez Zambrana.

Parth Kamath mentioned the challenge to look at water from different perspectives. "Engineers struggling with social science, social scientists struggle with calculations. We have been challenged to see beyond our field of studies."

"We have learned that water does not have boundaries and that we cannot find solutions alone, that cooperation and an interdisciplinary approach are required to face and overcome present and future water challenges", concluded Kamath.

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

(Photos: IHE Delft)

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Delft, the Netherlands
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Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
Deltares tests new armour blocks for reinforcement closure dam Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36751-deltares-tests-new-armour-blocks-for-reinforcement-closure-dam-afsluitdijk-the-netherlands.html dws-deltares-flume-afsluitdijk-quattroblocks-700px
Research institute Deltares tested a combination of two new types of armour blocks for reinforcement of the closure dam Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands. The two armour blocks, Quattroblock and Levvel-bloc, are specially designed for the Afsluitdijk to be used on the upper and lower slope on the seaside of the dam.

The test was commissioned by Dutch national water authority Rijkswaterstaat and joint venture Levell consortium. The test took place in Deltares’ largest flume where typical super storm scenarios can be simulated on a 1:3 scale.

dws-deltares-flume-afsluitdijk-levell-blocs-350px Final preparations for the test on the Levvel-blocs in the flume. (photo: Deltares)

Finalize design
The outcome of the stabilization test makes it possible to optimize the design of the new revetment more accurately for the different parts of the closure dam.

The work on the 32 km long dam was officially started in March and the first blocks will be put in place soon.

Over the next four years, some 75,000 heavy Levvel-blocs will be placed on the lower end of the sloping revetment. On the higher end of the slope the much lighter Quattroblocks will be used, covering a total surface of 700,000 square meters.

dws-deltares-flume-afsluitdijk-blocks-450px The large Levvel-bloc (left) by X-Bloc and the small Quattroblock (right) by Holcim Coastal.

The new revetment for the 85 years old dam, is needed because of the expected sea level rise and the ability for the dam to withstand a super storm that statistically can happen once in 10,000 years. In such a case a maximum overtopping of 10 liter/second/meter is allowed.

Rijkswaterstaat has awarded the Afsluitdijk Enforcement Project to the Levvel consortium and includes the design, reinforcement and 25 years of maintenance. This joint venture is formed by Van Oord Aberdeen, BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure and RebelValley. The net present value of the project is 550 million euro.

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

(Top photo: Deltares)

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Expertise: Enabling delta life
Project: Reinforcemeent Afsluitdijk

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+31 88 335 82 73

Gouda, the Netherlands
+31 (0)182 59 06 10

Holcim Coastal
Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands
+31 172 50 34 40

Project New Afsluitdijk (Rijkswaterstaat)


Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
BAM Nutall and VolkerStevin part of supplier arrangements for UK flood protection https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36736-bam-nutall-and-volkerstevin-part-of-supplier-arrangements-for-uk-flood-protection.html dws-bam-vs-cdf-bam-boston-barrier2-770pxBAM Nutall and VolkerStevin have won a place on Environment Agency’s (EA) Next Generation Supplier Arrangements which will continue to deliver a 2.6 billion UK pound programme to better protect homes from flooding and coastal erosion. The Environment Agency announced the new set of supplier arrangements for different parts of England on 17 April. The programme aims to better protect 300,000 homes up to 2021 and beyond.

dws-bam-vs-cdf-map-uk-450px In four of the six hubs, BAM Nutall and VolkerStevin are part of EA's new supplier arrangements. (source: EA)

Collaborative working
The new supplier arrangements are meant to stimulate innovative and collaborative working with delivery partners and local communities from the initial planning stages of a project right through to its completion.

The arrangements are to result in a higher flood protection and to ensure that sustainable development is at the core of EA’s projects.

Involving communities
The new supplier arrangements will also lead to longer term team working and new ways of engaging with local organisations and communities.

This closer working will ensure that homes, communities and businesses are receiving the best possible flood and coastal management for the challenges facing their area.

At the same time flood and coastal defence projects will promote economic growth, social wellbeing and will seek to enhance levels of natural capital within the local community, making sure that each scheme brings long-lasting benefits for future generations.

dws-bam-vs-cdf-vs-littlehampton-2014-350px VolkerStevin installing a sheet pile wall along the river Arun in Littlehampton. (source: VolkerStevin tiwitter)

Value for money
Toby Willison, Executive Director of Operations at the Environment Agency, said: "This ambitious new framework will help us to continue to deliver our £2.6 billion flood and coastal defence programme in a way which ensures that sustainability, efficiency and value for money remain at the very heart of the work we do to protect people, homes and the environment."

Low carbon solutions
The new arrangements are also a major step forward for delivering low carbon solutions for projects which will help the EA work towards the Government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The NGSA arrangements take effect immediately and run through to 2023 with the opportunity to extend to 2027.

This news item was originally published on the websites of UK Government, BAM and VolkerStevin.

(Top photo: Boston rotating flood barrier currently under construction by BAM Nutall, source: Twitter)

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Country: United Kingdom

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+44 1772 708 620

Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200
SNV launches strategic plan aiming to improve the quality of life of 20 million people https://www.dutchwatersector.com/news-events/news/36710-snv-launches-strategic-plan-aiming-to-improve-the-quality-of-life-of-20-million-people.html dws-snv-strategic-plan-hand-washing-770px-1Dutch-based development organisation SNV launched its strategic plan 2019-2022 describing an ambitious goal which is to improve the quality of life of 20 million people while contributing to systems change in the agriculture, energy and WASH sectors in at least 21 countries. To achieve this goal, SNV aims to create direct results and bring about systems change. Where markets and government fail to create the conditions for people living in poverty to increase their incomes and to obtain access to basic services, SNV will build bridges to span the gap.

dws-snv-strategic-plan-cover-350px  New four year strategic plan by development organisation SNV.

Improvements by process
SNV changes systems and creates a new normal by influencing markets and governance processes to function better. Often development aid is structured in projects which are boxes in time and space, however, breaking the low-income poverty trap requires impact to be created which lasts beyond these time and space boundaries.

Over the 2019-2022 strategic period, SNV will design systems and implement projects which can contribute to changing these underlying structures which trap people into poverty.

Sustainable WASH services
SNV will contribute to build professional, organisational and inter-institutional capacity to deliver environmentally and financially sustainable rural and urban WASH services – for households, schools and health facilities.

An example of this is the integration of housing, tax and sanitation information, and district- and provincial-wide planning for WASH.

Furthermore SNV will help public authorities to target investments effectively and operate services efficiently. Special programmes will create the conditions and capacities for private-sector engagement in WASH and, where appropriate, will strengthen their ability to deliver long-lasting WASH services that are accessible, affordable and reliable.


Behaviour change
For the next four years SNV will also built capacities for long term behaviour change in hygiene, occupational health and safety, and compliance with safety standards.

Additionally it will help strengthen the capacity of civil society in advocating for WASH services, and we will encourage collaboration between stakeholders and public authorities.

Kick-start markets
SNV will continue to kick-start markets by supporting businesses to grow and to innovate by creating demand and encouraging behaviour change among consumers. This will be done in parallel to assisting governments to improve the enabling environment.

At a business level during this strategic period, SNV will strive to remain a global premium organisation with a local presence. SNV’s decentralised structure with the vast majority of staff residing in Asia, Africa, and Latin America enables the organisation to adapt global know-how to local contexts.

Ensuring that interventions are of high quality is an intrinsic part of SNV’s mission. The quality assurance systems we are putting in place will support full accountability to those whose lives the projects are intended to benefit and those entrusting us with their funds. Investment in expertise and knowledge flow to the front line will help the organisation to continuously improve.

Download the full plan: Local know-how for lasting solutions – SNV strategic plan 2019-2022

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

(Photos: SNV)

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+31 70 3440 244

Vlog by CEO Meike van Ginneken of SNV on the new strategic plan that goes beyond the scope of individual projects for wash, poverty, energy or food and aims to improve supply systems and even kick start new markets in developing countries.

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0200