Water Challenge

Addressing the water challenge involves being smarter about the way we use and reuse water. It’s about helping communities adapt and respond to flooding and treating wastewater safely, economically and sustainably. We want to contribute to developments and solutions that will drive us forward. We know we can’t do it alone and we welcome your comments, insights and views. Together we can make a difference!

Carrying water in a sieve, is NRW a punishment? | Royal HaskoningDHV

Carrying water in a sieve, is NRW a punishment?

Water 6 Oct 2017

The Daughters of Danaus were condemned to carry water in sieves for eternity. To escape a similar fate we need to employ some smart water solutions to address our aging drinking water infrastructure. Which is the best tool to help us pick the perfect moment to replace our pipes?


Critical water challenge requires “smart” solutions

Water 21 Mar 2017

I’m sure most people have heard of the phrase “after the drought comes the flood”. It implies that the drought precedes the floods, which is well-known sequence of events around the world, but I can’t help to wonder what then precedes the drought.

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A Societal Review by a Microbiologist: How Nereda® bugs enhance society…everybody wins

Water 14 Mar 2017

Previously I shared my dreams with you on how Nereda® bugs can unify the world. However, unifying the world may not solve all today’s problems. Solving these challenges might be just a stepping stone to world peace after all but can microbiologists help us take that step?

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A Geopolitical Review by a Microbiologist: How Nereda bugs will unify the world

Water 1 Feb 2017

Europe may seem more divided than it has been for a long time. Tensions on the eastern borders, pressure in the south and the UK deciding to leave the EU covers it in a nutshell. I hope that our Nereda wastewater treatment technology has a unifying effect on these challenges.

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Insight on a major project for Sustainable Development in the Jordan Valley

Water 22 Nov 2016

Royal HaskoningDHV is a key partner in a comprehensive program to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River and its tributaries in Jordan, Israel and Palestine, an area home to 300,000 people and a World Heritage List nominee.

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When in drought...

Water 7 Nov 2016

A flash flood in the middle of a severe drought must be one of the most evident signs that the impacts of climate change are real. If we are to create a sustainable response to climate change, we need a change in mindset for those involved.


De-Stressing water shortages in South Africa

Water 29 Jul 2016

As South Africa suffers its worst drought since 1982 mining companies must look at ways to alleviate stress on local water resources or risk damaging the relationships mine owners need to build and maintain with the local communities.

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How natural motion will clean up the ocean

Water 8 Jun 2016

In January 2016, 29 sperm whales washed up on the North Sea coast. Their stomachs contained an alarming amount of plastic.

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Addressing Flood Vulnerability in Sri Lanka

Water 7 Jun 2016

Last week saw tragic news coming from Colombo, Sri Lanka as 92 lives were lost when the heaviest rainfall for 25 years fell in the south west of the country, causing mudslides and flooding.


Why We Need to Rethink Sewerage - THE NEREDA® STORY

Water 7 Jun 2016

The current challenges faced by the South African wastewater treatment industry can only be overcome through innovative and sustainable treatment technologies, such as Nereda®, specially when South Africa produces 800 million litres of sewerage a day.


A brave new digital world? How water management is quickly becoming digitized

Water 25 May 2016

It is more apparent now than ever that the world of water management is quickly becoming digitized. The developments that we are seeing in technology are exciting. It’s clear that we have a wealth of information at our disposal which can be valuable in the context of asset management. The developments we’ve seen so far are just the beginning. The possibilities are endless.


A polder in 2016: shared ownership in flood protection

Water 4 May 2016

Centuries ago the first polders were created in the Netherlands. Now, the Netherlands is famous for these polders. We believe that proactive collaborative action makes flood risk management effective. One project for flood risk adaptation in the Botlek area is a fine example of the added value of such an approach.


Flood forecasting at Ghanaians' fingertips

Water 2 May 2016

In 2015, communities in Ghana’s capital Accra fell victim to devastating floods and fire which swept through the city. What if we could give Ghanaians more control over their own safety? Royal HaskoningDHV is developing a ‘Flash Flood Forecasting’ app which does just that.


Creating the 'Water Sensitive Airport' of the future

Water 2 May 2016

Airports play a vitally important role in economic growth and are essential hubs for connectivity and trade. We’re finding that while many airports may have a sustainability agenda of some sort, most are not thinking about a strategy for adapting to climate change at such a high level. That is why we have designed the ‘Water Sensitive Airport’ framework.


A happy Anthropocene for everyone

Water 2 Feb 2016

We have entered the Anthropocene: a new geological era in which it is obvious that humanity itself affects the climate. What does this mean for those working in water?


Water as catalyst for improved quality of urban life

Water 18 Jan 2016

By focusing on how water can contribute to enhancing society as a whole, water professionals need to leave their comfort zone and put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It also requires having the courage to let go of the familiar and accept a certain amount of uncertainty.


Save the Californian farmer!

Water 9 Dec 2015

California has been overexploiting its groundwater resources over the last decades, resulting in a steady decline of groundwater levels. California cannot afford to let the sector deplete its own resources. The sector should therefore demand the State to act now, bring a stop to unsustainable water use, and save the Californian farmers from future droughts.


Energy development strategies in small Arctic societies

Water 14 Oct 2015

Each Arctic state has defined energy development as a strategic goal in their national policy. The export potential and security which energy supply provides are often the main reasons why energy development is an important focus. But without the support of the local Arctic communities, is it possible for international energy companies to be successful?


Dutch showcases with artificial recharge for restoring the water balance of world's aquifers

Water 14 Jul 2015

Some months ago, I volunteered to study the new UN report World Water Development Report, the fifth in a row. It was described to me as 'a truly comprehensive document'. Indeed it is.


EIAs and International ESIAs in Former Soviet Union Countries

Water 21 May 2015

One of the challenges for environmental specialists of the ex-Former Soviet Union countries (ex-FSU) is looking at the EIA/ESIA process from both the international and National requirements point of view.


Asset Management – what’s in it for me?

Water 25 Mar 2015

One of the basic elements or objectives of asset management is to make the strategic goals of the organization specific, transparent and understandable so that everyone can contribute to their overall success.


Risk based water saving

Water 28 Jan 2015

The important challenges looking at new water recovery technologies: realistic computation of cost savings and pro-active risk assessment of potential water saving options.


Reducing Risk of Flooding in Serbia

Water 23 Jan 2015

The DRR Team (Dutch Risk Reduction Team) represents the best in Dutch water expertise for rapid deployment at the request of foreign governments to prevent or minimise water-related disasters.


PAS55 vs. ISO 55000

Water 17 Jan 2015

In asset intensive organisations around the world, good asset management practices have evolved from many sources, converging over the last 30 years to international accord.


The challenge for food security

Water 14 Oct 2014

Alternative models of product logistics are vital to provide enough food for future urban populations.


Blending policy and practice for a better environment

Water 3 Jun 2014

This month, the 25th anniversary of the first Dutch National Environment Policy Plan, providing us with a great opportunity to reflect on our contributions to the global environment.


The future for water & energy

Water 14 Mar 2014

Look at some of the statistics surrounding water and energy and you’ll see why some think clean affordable water for all is not achievable this century.


Innovation: where reality matches rhetoric

Water 10 Feb 2014

Google the word ‘innovation’ and you’ll get 117 billion returns from a mix of different service, private, and public sector organisations all staking their claim to innovation.