The project was initiated by the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC). The international network of water organisations gathered in the GWRC wanted a look at the future of our wastewater treatment facilities. Could it be useful to apply resource thinking to wastewater treatment? Next to this, the global impact of the economic crises, the energy crises and the climate changed, caused countries to rethink their energy use and emission of green house gases. In The Netherlands, the watersector has set limits to energy use and has proposed more large projects on energy efficiency of wastewater treatment facilities.
Netherlands the watersector is divided in different organisations for drinking
water (water supplycompanies), sewage systems (municipalities) and wastewater
treatment (waterboards). Cooperation between these organisations is encouraged,
because of cost efficiency purposes.
These three different drivers were taken as the starting point of this study. We believe that wastewater treatment will always be necessary, but the future is found in resource thinking. Good NEWs for the world: waste becomes a resource. The Dutch Water sector is setting steps towards 2030.