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Our experience with complex systems such as the water chain lies at the basis of the AquaVest algorithm.

“In order to guarantee water security in the future, public and private parties will already have to consider the necessary investments in the water system,” says Disselhoff. “The big challenge is that the system can already be complex at the micro level, let alone at area level. AquaVest can provide that overview and takes into account both economic and ecological interests. ”

Test case

Frontier Ventures has now found a party that wants to test the algorithm in practice. Disselhoff: “The use of algorithms for complex systems is not new in itself. Our algorithm has already proven itself in the oil and gas market. However, this approach is new in the water world. Water Board De Dommel, Brabant Water and the Province of Noord Brabant saw the added value of AquaVest and we are now working on bringing together as much data as possible in order to be able to distil valuable information from it. ”

István Koller is strategic environment manager for industry at De Dommel Water Board.

“In Brabant we mainly have sandy soils. Although a lot of rain has recently fallen, the surface does not last long. In a dry summer we are still dealing with water stress. As a result, the availability of groundwater decreases. This means that companies, agriculture and nature compete for scarce freshwater resources, while we also have alternative water sources available. For example, we ourselves operate a sewage treatment plant, the effluent of which we can use as irrigation water. If we can extend or even close the water chain, it can relieve stress. But that does require coordination between all stakeholders. Together with the Province of Noord Brabant, we therefore decided to invest in a pilot in which we use AquaVest as a decision support tool. ”

Read the full news article (in Dutch): Waterinnovator of the year