Certain regions in Chile are characterized as dry areas, partly because Chile currently takes too much groundwater in some places. In order to cope with the growing demand for freshwater for agriculture, industry and households, new fresh water sources are being investigated besides water from rivers and lakes. The depletion of the ground – and surface water resources without providing for the maintenance and expansion of these sources will eventually lead to shortages and possible salinization of the water. Also in Chile.
By awarding of a Partners for Water project, the consortium Arcadis, KWR and Deltares are working on introducing of the COASTAR concept developed in the Netherlands for Chile. The consortium cooperates with Van Essen, Fugro, Hellema and regional partners such as Corporación de Desarrollo Productivo, Rabo Chile, Junta de Vigilancia Rio Elqui y sus Alfuentes, Region de Comquimbo and the University of La Serena.
COASTAR keeps ‘saline at bay, and fresh on hand’, and can be implemented in other delta areas worldwide. It is an initiative of Allied Waters, which focuses on implementing game-changing innovations in the urban water cycle that are “driving the circular economy”.
COASTAR goes Chile
Via the Partners for Water project the Arcadis, KWR & Deltares consortium will introduce the COASTAR concept in Chile and directly contributing to SDG 6.
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