Research agenda

Towards a Water-wise World

Climate change, pollution, population growth, the future presents us with problems directly related to the water cycle. KWR generates knowledge to enable the water sector to operate water-wisely. Our scientific findings and the resulting practical innovations contribute, worldwide, to a sustainable water cycle and the sustainable development goals of the UN.

Research agenda and quality assurance Research agenda and quality assurance

Climate change, pollution, population growth, the future presents us with problems directly related to the water cycle. KWR generates knowledge to enable the water sector to operate water-wisely. Our scientific findings and the resulting practical innovations contribute, worldwide, to a sustainable water cycle and the sustainable development goals of the UN.

All research topics

  • Biological activity
    Health

    Biological activity

    Growth of microorganisms in (drinking) water can present risks to public health and lead to customer complaints, technical problems and exceedance of legal standards. Besides making an accurate diagnosis, KWR...

  • Emerging contaminants
    Health

    Emerging contaminants

    Emerging contaminants are a possible threat to the public health and environment. KWR develops smarter, more integrative, more efficient and cost-effective methods to measure and assess contaminants in water. This...

  • Microbial safety
    Health

    Microbial safety

    Water safety is vital. Citizens must be able to drink and swim in safe water, and farmers must be able to produce plant and animal products in a safe manner,...

  • Safe innovation and the water sector
    Health

    Safe innovation and the water sector

    Technological innovations can involve risks to (drinking) water and public health. Greater public awareness, and adequate risk assessment and management can create the right risk perception, and lead to public...

  • Sustainable use of freshwater resources
    Sustainability

    Sustainable use of freshwater resources

    Access to sufficient and clean freshwater is not a given. Globally, the water sector is confronted with ever-increasing water security challenges and the need to use freshwater sources in a...

  • Climate change and resilience
    Sustainability

    Climate change and resilience

    The water sector needs practice-oriented research to help it confront the wide-ranging consequences of climate change. KWR meets this need through knowledge development and practical tools that help assess the...

  • Sustainable energy
    Sustainability

    Sustainable energy

    There is a worldwide drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and shift to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources. Within the energy transition, water plays an important role. At the interface...

  • Sustainable resources
    Sustainability

    Sustainable resources

    The circular economy is the alternative to the current – essentially linear – economy. While the linear economy is based on the ‘take, make, dispose’ approach to materials and energy,...

  • Stakeholder involvement and governance
    Society

    Stakeholder involvement and governance

    Stakeholder engagement is an effective means of connecting technical and social-governance issues. KWR has a great deal of knowledge and experience to share with the water sector in these areas.

  • Citizen science and public participation
    Society

    Citizen science and public participation

    Increased citizen engagement is confronting the water sector with steadily growing demands. A connection needs to be made between technology and social-governance issues. Thanks to KWR’s knowledge of and experience...

  • Valorisation
    Society

    Valorisation

    Given the urgency of current water challenges, public authorities, utilities and industry feel a strong need to use the available knowledge in an effective and efficient way. Water organisations need...

  • Futures studies and response strategies
    Looking ahead

    Futures studies and response strategies

    Futures research improves the resilience of the water sector by supporting anticipatory governance and by maximising the adaptive capacity of the organisations. Futures research helps the water sector to...

  • Hydrogenomics
    Enabling technologies

    Hydrogenomics

    Genomic techniques are developing at a very rapid pace in health, life, forensic and environmental science. These techniques provide very interesting new prospects for the water sector: fast detection of...

  • Hydroinformatics
    Enabling technologies

    Hydroinformatics

    Hydroinformatics is the application of information technology in its broadest sense on water-cycle related issues, combining technological, sociological and environmental perspectives. Hydroinformatics is about having the required data and the...

  • Innovative water treatment technologies
    Enabling technologies

    Innovative water treatment technologies

    Drinking water treatment is subject to many demands and, today, the challenges it faces are becoming increasingly complex – for instance, the increased occurrence of emerging contaminants, salinisation and antimicrobial...

  • Future-proof networks
    Enabling technologies

    Future-proof networks

    Even if the Netherlands has a superbly functioning drinking water network, parts of it are aged and will need to be renewed in the years ahead. During the process, both...

  • New materials and technologies
    Enabling technologies

    New materials and technologies

    Detecting and removing emerging contaminants calls for advanced materials and technologies. KWR develops knowledge about new materials and technologies to detect and remove emerging contaminants in the water cycle. We...