Watershare is an international network that brings together knowledge and expertise in the form of Communities of Practice, within which knowledge institutions from all over the world carry out projects jointly and exchange tools in the field of the public water sector. The user-friendly expert tools, which the members – including KWR – develop themselves, find applications in a variety of areas, such as water management, water treatment and transport, water quality and health, and sustainability. Through the wide application of models and methods within Watershare, the collaborating knowledge institutions are able to better serve their end-users.
Watershare: sharing knowledge and expertise
Governments the world over have the responsibility of supplying their populations with healthy drinking water and treating their sewage and wastewater safely. But in many countries the water sectors charged with this task are very fragmented. This makes it difficult to find solutions for large, complex and often global challenges like climate change, sustainability and urbanisation. In 2012 KWR launched Watershare to address these challenges.
Watershare is an international network of parties in the public water sector designed for the purpose of sharing knowledge and expertise. The network enables selected knowledge institutions from all over the world to share their expertise, experience and networks within Communities of Practice, while preserving their own identity and independence.
The core of Watershare is the development and sharing of good practices and the sharing of knowledge via user-friendly expert tools. Designed as an online collaboration platform, Watershare’s innovative concept aims to valorise the results of public research. Feedback among the platform’s members guarantees a transparent and solid base for a creative and productive collaboration, offering every member the opportunity to work independently on an attractive business model. Watershare’s motto is: ‘Building the network, sharing the knowledge and serving the community’.
Making expert knowledge available
KWR is the founding father of Watershare. Building upon decades of joint knowledge development, we intend through Watershare to make water-related expert knowledge available for the public water sector and society. Our activities for Watershare are for the most part rooted in our research projects, so that the concept is a logical and self-evident component of our work processes. Researchers apply their tools or develop them further in ongoing and future projects in a variety of areas, such as water management, water treatment and transport, water quality and health, and sustainability.
Better serving end-users
Through the wide application of models and methods within Watershare, the collaborating knowledge institutes are able to better serve their end-users. The joint approach ensures an efficient delivery of innovative solutions. Watershare’s global network operates as a platform for the sharing of specific knowledge and expertise, the joint establishment of research programmes and the development of strategic insights. The multiplication of the impact of research results permits the development of better research, innovation and demonstration projects. This puts water companies, utilities companies, municipalities and water managers in a stronger position to provide for the water needs of the inhabitants of their areas.