Towards a water-wise world Annual report 2014

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BTO Congress: collaboration in water knowledge is worth it!

27 May 2014BTO Networks

Within BTO – the water sector’s joint research programme – water companies, KWR and (international) partners, from the worlds of science and water practice, generate valuable practical knowledge for the water companies. The BTO Congress, of 27 May 2014, gives the more than 130 visitors a good picture of the new insights acquired over the past 2 years.

Within BTO – the water sector’s joint research programme – water companies, KWR and (international) partners, from the worlds of science and water practice, generate valuable knowledge. The water companies then apply this knowledge to their daily practice. As the coordinator and implementor of BTO, KWR provides the water companies with a platform for joint research as well as collaboration with other parties.

“We can certainly press ahead with BTO for another 40 years”

Congress

On 27 May 2014, more than 130 visitors to the biennial BTO Congress are given a good picture of the latest insights produced by BTO research, and what these insights could mean for the companies’ own (drinking) water practice. The hot topics covered include: opportunistic pathogens, the risks of nanotechnology and the policy developments in the field, an integrated approach to climate risks, iron and manganese removal, and the application of volume flow data for leak detection and other events in distribution networks.

Future

At the conclusion of the congress, Martien den Blanken, chair of BTO’s Directors’ Consultations, looks back on the developments over more than 40 years of joint research for the water sector. The constant element has always been water quality and health – as indeed is the case in this congress. “The collective research has been an important factor behind achieving the high quality of the water provision in the Netherlands. The work of KWR – an enterprise, unique in the world, with decades of experience – has certainly been part in this achievement.” Den Blanken also expresses his confidence in BTO’s future: “If we make even sharper choices, and the individual companies give way a little more in favour of the collective interest, then I am convinced that we can certainly press ahead with BTO for another 40 years.”

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