Sufficient freshwater for all users and applications. At all times. This is increasingly challenging, also in the Netherlands and Flanders. Self-sufficiency at regional and local level and the most efficient possible use of freshwater resources are part of the solution. Increasingly, a cross-sectoral approach is being adopted in which various sectors jointly seek solutions for their own and each other’s water issues.
On Thursday afternoon 10 October, drinking water company Brabant Water, Waterboard Brabantse Delta, Stowa and Water Research Institute KWR will organise the WiCE Roadshow on the topic of Efficient use of Freshwater (Zuinig met Zoet). Stakeholders from different sectors will get together to inspire each other and to share knowledge and experiences about measures to balance freshwater supply and demand.
How do we match periods of excess water with periods of water shortage? What role can water reuse play in this context? How do we make the transition to regional self-sufficiency and what are the advantages and disadvantages of a cross-sectoral approach? We will discuss the challenges the freshwater supply faces and we will explore a number of solutions from practice. To conclude, a panel of leading representatives from relevant sectors will enter into dialogue with the audience to jointly come to a vision on bringing the water supply and demand into balance, and to identify the challenges and opportunities arising from it.
This meeting is part of the Roadshow of the Water in the Circular Economy (WiCE) research programme. In WiCE, drinking water companies from the Netherlands together with the Flemish Watergroep collaborate on research focussing on a circularity. WiCE focuses on closing water cycles and recovering raw materials and energy from water, and explicitly seeks the connection with other sectors. The WiCE theme “Efficient with Fresh” focuses specifically on freshwater supply and regional and local self-sufficiency, and the collaboration with various organizations, including industries, water boards and Stowa in this domain.