Empowering new ideas and facilitate projects to address the challenges the climate change imposes on us and react to water scarcity.
3 challenges and 3 opportunities for innovation on water management
Water Shortage and Drought
Local production and immediate consumption: alternative sources, treatment and local distribution channels with regard of quality assurance of water safety.
Circular water economy: reuse of water.
Closing urban water cycles in growing urban development.
Manure dewatering and reuse of valuable minerals.
Link between Water and Energy
Water as energy carrier and energy source.
New ways of distributing water to reduce energy.
Optimizing the land use of De Watergroep from an energy perspective. (De Watergroep owns 12.000 ha of land and numerous buildings).
Sustainability by inclusion of customers
Include customers and organizations to change the way they use water and the mentality on water consumption.
Partner with Innovation De Watergroep
The Innovation Division is eager to assist and think with open-minded vision towards these challenges. Propose us ideas and visions, we’ll counter your drive with an attitude of Yes, and how…
Create your solution to the challenges
To solve the above challenges, we recommend you take part in the Water ideation Workshops. Industry 4.0: reduction on water loss due to leaks in the distribution network. Using data to avoid leaks and predict consumption trends. Alternative Winning: decentral production for immediate consumption and alternatives on water reuse. Water and Energy Nexus: how to use the multiple assets of a water company to save, produce and store energy?
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Make sure to also have a talk with David Baetens. He is the Curator of Water Theme and your lead expert, connector and coach throughout the 3 day event. Be sure to also address our other experts: Ortwin Deroo, Louise Vanysacker, Gerdi Vandekerckhove and Joris Pieters.
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About the Water Societal Theme
There was no escaping this summer: the prolonged heat, along with weeks without rain, colored Flanders green, yellow and orange: the color codes to combat water wastage. For the second year in a row. For a water company, this means all hands on deck, above all to ensure the water supply in the future.
Flanders is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world: it has a limited number of large and long rivers and has no lakes. The climate change puts great pressure on our drinking water demand and supply.
5 measures to combat the drought:
- New Source Mix: preserve fresh water in aquifers in the polders and tap into new water sources.
- Optimize water flows: treat and reuse waste water will reduce pressure on drinking water network.
- Underground storage: buffer water reserves will provide greater resilience in periods of water scarcity.
- Collaborate with other drinking companies to share infrastructure for production and distribution to provide a greater security of supply.
- Replacing salt water with fresh water in the soil.
Visit the My Journey page to learn more on how you should organise your 3 Days. Lots of other Ideation, business, design and technology workshops to pick. Don’t forget to also visit the Experience Zone.