AquaVest

AquaVest is the name of our proprietary water infrastructure investment planning model. Based on a unique algorithm the software identifies the required investments to make regional water systems future proof.

AquaVest is Water Innovator of the Year 2020!!

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AquaVest is developed in collaboration with Quo Mare B.V.

AquaVest guides investments in water infrastructure

On a global level, the average share of fresh water consumption is: 10% for municipalities, 20% for industry, and 70% for the agrisector. In the developed countries however, the industries’ share is typically higher then 20%. With ongoing population growth and large scale industrialization in the developing countries the fresh water demand will increase and more pressure will be put on the natural fresh water sources. It is estimated that fresh water demand will be 40% higher then fresh water availability by the year 2040. For this reason, governments around the world are developing incentives to encourage municipalities, industry, and the agrisector to maximize water recycling and effluent re-use.

It is estimated that a dazzling USD 7,500 billion dollars are needed between now and 2030 to build the water infrastructure required to reach SDG6 alone…. Solid and resilient water infrastructure investment strategies will be required to meet the world’s fresh water demand while protecting the natural environment from further pollution and overextraction. That’s why we developed AquaVest! Our unique algorithm guides institutional investments in the water sector by identifying portfolio level investment strategies to meet financial criteria (DSCR, IRR, LLCR, etc.).

Below are shown the estimated global water infrastructure market sizes per sector (2017).

Municipalities

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4-10% (CAGR)

Industry

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5-30% (CAGR)

Agrisector

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13-19% (CAGR)

Water transition planning

AquaVest identifies the optimal regional water scheme and the required investments to meet the (growing) demands for water at the lowest costs. The algorithm also identifies the optimal sizing and phasing of the investments over the selected time horizon. AquaVest delivers average cost savings of 15-20%.

This way AquaVest develops credible, affordable, and competitive transition pathways towards (more) circular and future-proof water systems!

AquaVest strengthens cross-sectoral collaborations

So we should reduce, recycle, and re-use our water more effectively! But how best to assess the available options for water recycling and the cross-sector re-use of effluents? That is where our model comes in!

Water authorities first need insight in the current water system. The complexity of the water system should not be underestimated. There are multiple sources and multiple users of water, and there are large uncertainties in how the current supply and demand profile might change as a result of local climate impacts (e.g. long periods of drought) or the future growth of cities and industries etc. On top of that there are uncertainties in how regulations might change with regards to wastewater discharge requirements or water pricing mechanisms according to quality or type of use.

The algorithm takes account of all these uncertainties and identifies the required investments to meet the future demands for water in a sustainable way. We look at green (nature-based) and grey (man-made) infrastructure solutions for the treatment, transport, and storage of water. AquaVest provides transparancy in the costs and benefits of the different investment options for each stakeholder. This provides a great starting point to build effective public-private sector collaborations!

Key challenges of cross-sectoral collaborations

Key challenges in the development of regional water schemes are of technical, economic, ecological, relational, and political nature:

  • Technical challenges
    How to best match the supply of different water sources to the (growing) demands from different water users? And what is the best combination of water treatment technology, water transport infrastructure, and water storage solutions?

  • Economic challenges
    How to identify the regional water scheme that deliver the highest value for money at system level? And how to ensure the investment proposition is robust in the face of changing regulations?

  • Ecological challenges
    How the create the right balance between green (nature-based) and grey (man-made) infrastructure? How to responsibly “utilize” the natural ecosystem that underpins the regional water cycle?

  • Relational challenges 
    How to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are considered in the optimization of the regional water scheme? How to create truly win-win business propositions that meet the needs of both the public and the private sector?

  • Political challenges
    How to create constructive dialogue between the public and private sector on new water policies and regulations, and how to identify the right incentives to encourage water recycling and cross-sector effluent re-use?

Our model addresses all of these challenges. Contact us for more information!

“The treatment and distribution of effluents as tailor-made water will be an integral solution for fresh water preservation. We as a waterboard see this as one of our primary goals, especially since our river basin is situated in an area of high sandy grounds. It is our firm intention to contribute to the further development and application of AquaVest.” Istvan Koller, transition manager industry and environment, Waterschap De Dommel.

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