KWR symposium on ‘Developing knowledge for implementation in water practice’

Event details

What is the added value of water distribution systems that are smartly designed? How do you diagnose the sustainability of urban watercycles? Researchers from the water research institute KWR will be answering these and other questions on Thursday afternoon, 21 March, at the KWR symposium on ‘Developing knowledge for implementation in water practice’. The symposium will be held on the occasion of the Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs 2019.

You are cordially invited to meeting hall 4 of the Evenementenhal Gorinchem (Franklinweg 2, Gorinchem) at 13.30. The first presentation begins at 14.00 and the symposium will close at 17.00 with a drinks reception at KWR’s stand at the trade fair. Time will be available at the end of each presentation for questions and discussion. The programme details are presented below. If you can only attend part of the symposium, please mention this while registering and join us whenever you can.

Register here for the symposium.

KWR has traditionally been present at Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs. The trade fair’s next edition will be held in Gorinchem on 19, 20 and 21 March. Click here for more information about KWR at the Aqua Nederland Vakbeurs 2019.


Chair: Kees Roest

13.30 – 14.00: Reception

14.00 – 14.30: ‘Intrinsically smart distribution systems’ by Peter van Thienen
Peter van Thienen will talk about the concept of smart drinking water distribution systems and present several design philosophies and numerical techniques to produce networks that are truly smart, both intrinsically and operationally. Smart networks generally refer to networks that are equipped with sensors and/or actuators, and to the application of algorithms for the identification of anomalies (e.g., pipe fractures) or for advanced process management. Intrinsically smart networks also involve a design that is based on smart design philosophies and a smart use of materials.

14.30 – 15.00: ‘The City Blueprint Scan: why start with a diagnosis of our cities?’ by Kees van Leeuwen
The City Blueprint is a quick-scan assessment of the sustainability of the urban watercycle. It can be used to communicate sustainability objectives in cities, and to explore priorities and watercycle improvement options. In his presentation Kees van Leeuwen will discuss why this diagnosis is so important. He will also explain the role of water governance, that is, all the political, social, economic and administrative systems involved in the development and management of water supplies and delivery of water services, at different societal levels and for different objectives.

15.00 -15.30: ‘Water Quality Knowledge Impulse programme Toxicity Project’ by Milou Dingemans
The objective of the Water Quality Knowledge Impulse programme is the application of existing knowledge to address practical problems confronting water managers. In the Toxicity Project existing knowledge about the possible impact and behaviour of substances, and their measurement, is made implementable with the aim of gaining insight into water quality. The focus is on the development of decision aids and protocols for the application of measurement instruments (for substance concentrations and impact), and tools for the interpretation of the results. These products are fine-tuned and then made available in close consultation with the end-users (water managers and water utilities).

15.30 – 16.00: Coffee and tea break

16.00 – 16.30: ‘TKI CoRe Water: From WWTP to sustainable water factory’ by Kees Roest
In the innovative CoRe Water treatment concept wastewater is first concentrated before undergoing further treatment. This allows sewage water to be treated in an energy-saving and efficient manner, with a higher removal efficiency (N, P and micropollutants) and an optimal recovery of resources like nutrients, energy and, most of all, water. The challenge in the Concentration, Recovery & Reuse (CoRe Water) project is to work on both making sewage water treatment more sustainable and cost-efficient and producing a better effluent quality (removal of micropollutants, nitrogen and phosphorus).

16.30 – 17.00: ‘Water in the circular economy: reuse of industrial residual water in agriculture’ by Ruud Bartholomeus
The Bavaria brewery is giving concrete form, within the Boer-Bier-Water programme, to the reuse of its own, treated residual water by neighbouring farm enterprises. Because of a more and more capricious climate, farmers are facing decreasing crop yields and increased irrigation needs. During the growing season, the soil moisture levels in the root zone are less and less adequate. By using industrial residual water to combat drought, rather than discharging it, unused, into surface water and the sea, one can reduce water shortages.

17.00 uur Reception at the KWR stand (H.118)