In many areas around the world, also here in The Netherlands, the supply-demand profile of fresh, clean water is changing. Lasting drought periods reduce the availability of fresh wtaer sources during the warm seasons while the demand for clean and fresh water often increases in those periods (water quentity isse). On top of this, in other areas around the world, the lack of proper sanitation infrastructure or lack of industrial wastewater treatment leads to severe pollution of fresh water sources (water quality issue).
“We must urgently scale up investments in healthy watersheds and water infrastructure, with dramatic improvements in the efficiency of water use”, said UN Secretary-General Mr. Guterres during the last World Water Day, adding that the world must anticipate and respond to climate risks at every level of water management. Moreover, wastewater should be recognised as a valuable resource.
Cross-sector water reuse can address the water scarcity issue but requires cross-sector collaboration; collaboration between the public sector (provinces, waterboards, municipalities, NGO) and the private sector (industry, the agrisector). AquaVest is well placed to guide cross-sectoral collaborations by developing master plans and investment strategies that consider the (technical, political, economic) interests of all stakeholders.