Watch ‘Rethinking Approaches to Wastewater’    Watch ‘Intelligent Responsive Systems from Source to Tap’

Watch ‘Overcoming Paradoxes through Digital Transformation’

A safe and secure water circuit is ultimately about improving the quality of people’s lives and of systems, as cities and infrastructure become ever-more complex. We believe that the Smart Places of the future require a Smart Water Circuit, and that a holistic vision is needed to plan for future development. In addition to global sector expertise, this includes using technology to increase operational efficiency of services, processes, people and things by connecting humans and systems with data.

As part of this cross-sectoral conversation, we have invited public and private sector leaders and frontrunners to share their perspectives, experiences and future forward methodologies around the opportunities facing the water sector, and their vision of what the Water Circuit of the Future could be.

Rethinking Approaches to Wastewater

Hein Pieper, Dijkgraaf at Water Authority Rijn en IJssel, believes that the greatest challenge in preparing for the future is in addressing social innovation by shifting mindsets. He says, “We have to completely re-evaluate our approach to waste by rethinking how we use materials. We should be using materials that are infinitely recyclable, in order not to generate any waste at all. This applies equally to water treatment, and we are exploring these opportunities at our new, ground-breaking plant at Zutphen.”


“The essence of digital transformation is not about technical innovations, but more about the application of these innovations. How can we create more liveable spaces and cities? How would we like to shape our world?” 

Hein Pieper, Dijkgraaf at Water Authority Rijn en IJssel


Intelligent Responsive Systems from Source to Tap

Jelle Hannema, CEO of Vitens, explains how the water utility is addressing the challenges of ever-increasing demand for drinking water by leveraging digital solutions for advanced intelligent processes. “I believe that we are in a digital revolution. We have implemented full-scale pilot projects with new digital techniques, to give us accurate data so that we can see exactly what's happening in our network in real time. The aim is to monitor our drinking water production and delivery processes from source to tap, so that we can improve our performance and make our customer communication process even more proactive.”


“In thinking about the future, we are very much aware that we are extracting water from a bigger water ecosystem. It is crucial that this system is climate proof, so we are taking measures to ensure that we conduct every aspect of our work in a sustainable way.” 

Jelle Hannema, CEO Vitens


Overcoming paradoxes through digital transformation

Pieter Sennema, Secretary Director at Water Authority Aa en Maas, discusses the challenges faced by the utility, and the thinking that is guiding its long-term strategy. “Our greatest challenge is to prepare the utility for the future by developing a strategy for long-term climate change. We have to overcome the paradoxes of heavy rainfall events and flooding versus a shortage of water. We are achieving this by working outside the traditional sector boundaries together with our surroundings and our partners. We are facing more risk than ever, and digital transformation is key to helping us understand and overcome these paradoxes through actionable insights from data analytics.”


“We are very proud of our innovations to date, which focus on mitigating pollution, reducing energy and making a greener world.” 

Pieter Sennema, Secretary Director at Water Authority Aa en Maas


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