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The future of our water: how do we turn the tide?

28 augustus 2023

At the opening day of Utrecht Science Week – Friday September 29 – Utrecht University of Applied Sciences will put the future of our water up for discussion. How do we turn the tide? Besides a keynote by meteorologist Reinier van den Berg, among others, the programme of this afternoon symposium offers six inspiration sessions

The inspiration sessions elaborate on various themes around climate change and its impact on water, namely:

  1. Water security and the smart embedding of water in society are key prerequisites for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). How do we arrive at a quantitative assessment of water security? Jan Hofman (Bath University) explains.
  2. The impact of climate change on the risk of waterborne infectious diseases: how can we mitigate the risks of climate adaptation measures in the built environment – think wadis and water squares? Ciska Schets (RIVM) updates you.
  3. Drinking water supply: how can the drinking water sector prepare for uncertain and extreme climate change? Peter van Thienen (KWR) gives the answer.
  4. Drinking water supply: how can we reuse treated wastewater in the water cycle so that good and safe drinking water remains a matter of course in the future? A look behind the scenes at Waternet, by Onno Kramer, Hadi Zamanian and Sophie Brevoord.
  5. Drinking water supply: looking for effective ways to save water. Data analysis and deployment of behaviour change techniques. Susan van Dijk explains the approach of drinking water company Vitens.
  6. Desiccation and precipitation: how we as spoilt water consumers can start dealing with ‘other’ water. That the production and consumption of rainbeer are part of this, explains Wietse Visser (Waterschap Vallei en Veluwe / Rainbeer).

Symposium The future of our water
On the afternoon of Friday 29 September, anyone interested is welcome to attend.

View the full programme and register now!