A MORE SUSTAINABLE WATER CYCLE

COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO DRINKING AND WASTE WATER SECTOR

In the water sector, players are increasingly thinking in terms of the entire water cycle. A comprehensive approach brings benefits for the entire cycle. In order to maintain the lead that the Netherlands has, it is of crucial importance to share knowledge and continuously make our dealings with water more sustainable.

View the inspiring stories of parties with a vision for enhancing the sustainability of the water cycle.

  • Gerard Stroomberg

    Director of RIWA-Rijn

    A clean Rhine begins with confidence in water laboratories

    To make sure that attention continues to be paid to our concerns about discharges of chemical substances into the Rhine, there must be no doubts regarding the results of investigations into water quality. Luckily, all water laboratories work according to the same ISO standards, and these are never open to discussion.

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  • Cees Buisman

    Scientific Director Wetsus

    Enhancing sustainability of water technology

    As a leading European research institute in the field of sustainable water technology, Wetsus plays an important role in developing innovations and in knowledge sharing. According to Cees Buisman, the scientific director of Wetsus, the institute adopts a special – and successful – approach that other institutes have been unable to copy. What is its secret?

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  • Hilde Prummel

    Director of Waterlaboratorium Noord

    Innovation only really exists once it is actually applied

    After years of research, consultation and lobbying, the time has come: soon it will be possible for the quality of drinking water in the Netherlands to be tested with the help of DNA, predicts Hilde Prummel, director of Waterlaboratorium Noord (WLN). “The application for this test to be allowed by law was submitted to the minister last year. I expect that this will be achieved this year.”

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  • Roelof Kruize

    Director of Waternet

    If it is developed in the Netherlands, it sells itself

    There is a minor revolution going on in the polder landscape around Amsterdam. State-owned company Waternet is going to convert brackish ground water from one of the polders into drinking water. “Turning brackish seepage into a usable resource… A typical example of making the water cycle sustainable,” according to Roelof Kruize, managing director of Waternet.

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  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    “International standards strengthen trust between government, society and the water laboratories. Essential for our lobbying for a clean Rhine.”

    Gerard Stroomberg
    Director of RIWA-Rijn
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    • The Scientific Director of WETSUS, Cees Buisman, sets great store by knowledge sharing and he believes that standardization can play an important role in this. “With a standard, there is no need to explain further. It is an objective benchmark.”

    Cees Buisman
    Scientific Director Wetsus
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    • Embedding in legislation, including the necessary standardization, is crucial. “The absence of standardization would deal a fatal blow to innovative forces, certainly regarding water quality. When public health is at stake, everyone is wary of applying innovation.”

    Hilde Prummel
    Director of Waterlaboratorium Noord
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    Partly due to the high standards that the Netherlands sets for water quality, Roelof Kruize expects that it can also play a guiding role here. “Around the world, the Dutch are looked to where water is concerned. It is not for nothing that water is one of our top sectors. If it is developed in the Netherlands, it sells itself.”

    Roelof Kruize
    Director of Waternet
Read more about standardization

Water is an extremely broad subject. Water is involved in nearly everything. There is water for drinking, but also constructions that are supposed to protect us against water. There is also the water used in production processes (e.g. cooling water) and the sewerage system that is supposed to process rainwater. NEN is involved in all these matters, as it makes sound agreements on them at the national, but also at the international level. View the infographic to get a clearer picture