URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT

CLEAR JOINT APPROACH TO URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT

The consequences of climate change mean that we have to find improved and innovative ways of dealing with water in our cities. Rain showers are becoming longer and heavier. Rivers are bursting their banks with greater regularity. Specifically for delta cities, this is an increasing problem worldwide. It is a major challenge for government agencies, businesses and residents to keep the consequences under control.

Read the inspiring stories of parties active in the water sector with a vision for urban water management. How do they tackle these challenges?

  • Doekle Terpstra

    Voorzitter Van Uneto-VNI

    We want to play a pioneering role as water manager

    UNETO-VNI is the employers’ organisation for the installation sector with over 5000 members. Water is one of the three disciplines. There is a Specialist Sanitation Committee (Vakcommissie Sanitair), which carries out innovative developments and operates in a network with other organizations in the water chain. According to Doekle Terpstra, chair of UNETO-VNI, the challenges facing installers of water are only becoming bigger and more interesting. UNETO-VNI would like to be the knowledge manager for the water sector as regards technical installations.

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  • Hugo Gastkemper

    Director of Stichting RIONED

    When innovation becomes routine, it is time for a standard

    In the Netherlands, standardized inspection of sewers and drains has been completely commonplace for 20 years. But for an innovative development, such as reclaiming energy from sewers, you need room for development. Standardization has considerable power, but it should not come too soon.”

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  • Esther Bosman

    Director BU Water NL Royal HaskoningDHV

    Cooperation and knowledge sharing strengthen the water sector

    Personally, I find water very important. Every day I go to work with great pleasure to achieve safer, cleaner and more sustainable water. That means that I am also prepared to make a contribution towards strengthening the Dutch water sector. I hope that as water ambassador I will be able to play a role in this.

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  • Joke Cuperus

    Director of PWN

    Taking no risks in preparing drinking water

    When it comes to clean water, many people think in the first instance of natural water and the associated flora and fauna. But for drinking water companies, clean water is an essential raw material for the production process. This important function of groundwater or surface water is sometimes overlooked by outsiders.”

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  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    “Standardization is a great help to us in delivering quality objectively; it prevents discussion on the shop floor and promotes efficient working practices. This must ultimately lead to a better return for the entrepreneur.”

    Doekle Terpstra
    Voorzitter Van Uneto-VNI
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    “Through NEN committees we maintain contacts with other European countries and seek to join forces to develop a standard that can be used throughout Europe. In my opinion, NEN’s strength lies mainly in this international work.”

    Hugo Gastkemper
    Director of Stichting RIONED
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    Gelet op de diepgaande kennis die we als Nederlandse partijen in de watersector hebben, vind ik het verstandig om te proberen voorop te lopen in Europa als het gaat om het verankeren van deze kennis in normen. Zo niet, dan lopen we het risico dat we op termijn de normen van andere landen moeten accepteren, die onze kennis mogelijk tekort doen. Om voorop te kunnen lopen, is het heel belangrijk dat alle partijen – dus overheden, kennisinstellingen en advies- en ingenieursbureaus – hun ervaring en kennis zoveel mogelijk delen.

    Esther Bosman
    Director BU Water NL Royal HaskoningDHV
  • WHY SHOULD WE COOPERATE?

    “There is never any argument about working with NEN standards and I find that remarkable. It is also a good thing that users, suppliers and knowledge institutions enter into discussions to draw up or tighten standards. Everyone is listened to.”

    Joke Cuperus
    Director of PWN
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