KWR works in EU Projects that are of direct relevance and impact for the drinking water utilities. Over the last two months, KWR has hosted a series of four webinars for the joint BTO program of the Dutch and Flemish water utilities. This series focused on EU Projects to which KWR contributes: Wat-Qual, Fiware4Water, STOP-IT, and NEXTGEN.
De webinars demonstrated the value and relevance of participating in EU research and innovation projects and how these can translate into relevant applications and knowledge for the BTO partners. In the next sections, we will briefly describe each webinar’s key messages and provide more information about each project.
The Wat-Qual project focused on developing and applying methods to guarantee water quality in drinking water distribution systems. Wat-Qual looked at current methods, gave an overview of research, and defined best practices based on shared experiences and researchers’ exchange. The exchange and knowledge sharing enabled several BTO projects, such as the Sediment Prediction Tool Aquarellus, a BTO exploratory study in the field of resilient pipe networks, a study on digital water meters, and a PVC degradation model. Working together in this way was valuable for all partners.
Speakers: Mirjam Blokker, Principal Scientist, KWR, Claudia Quintiliani, Scientific Researcher KWR, Peter Schaap, previously at PWN.
Watch the recording of the webinar on WatQual.
This webinar looked at the current developments in circular water solutions, with a focus on the NextGen EU project and a real-world example of circularity innovations from WML Limburgs Drinkwater. The NextGen project champions transformational circular economy solutions around resource use in the water sector. During the webinar, the speakers demonstrated how EU projects like NextGen, focusing on the circular economy, can bring about essential water utilities’ key innovations. Furthermore, the webinar looked into practical applications of circular solutions implemented in Limburg and, more broadly, across the Netherlands, with examples from current projects and their implementation pathways.
Speakers & Moderators: Jos Frijns, Senior Scientific Researcher, KWR, Diederik van Duuren, Strategy & Innovation Advisor, WML, Joep van den Broeke, Senior Scientific Researcher, Project Manager, KWR
Watch the recording of the Webinar for NextGen.
In conclusion, and based on the BTO partners’ feedback, KWR works in EU Projects that directly impact the drinking water utilities. The past and current projects offer deliverables, such as tools, techniques, and research that can be of direct use by the water utilities focusing on key themes, such as cyber-physical risks, drinking water distribution systems, and the circular economy.
Partners of the BTO Program were mostly positive about the webinar series in terms of knowledge transfer. Therefore, KWR will continue this in 2020/2021 as part of the joint approach in BTO. KWR continues to work on EU projects keeping in mind the broader impact of the projects locally and globally and how we, as a leading research institute, can contribute to a water-wise world.