The Dutch delta faces enormous challenges in fresh water provision for industry, agriculture and nature during increasingly frequent severe droughts. This requires a major overhaul towards a water system that stores precipitation surpluses instead of discharging it to sea and that uses alternative water sources. AquaConnect is instrumental in the transition towards this system by developing:
i) risk-assessment strategies for circular water systems ii) water treatment technologies that enable the use of domestic/industrial effluents and brackish groundwater; ii) digital technologies for subsurface water distribution modelling and the design of smart water grids which connect supply, demand and nature-based storage; iii) tools to manage related societal changes; iv) demonstrations of AquaConnect technologies and tools in four demonstration areas in the Netherlands, and internationally.
Watch the movie below for an further impression of the AquaConnect research program
Connecting water supply and demand
Connecting water quantity and water quality
Connecting natural and man-made water systems
Connecting partners in various institutions of practice Connecting Dutch water programs and pilots
Connecting national upscaling to international outreach