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Feasibility of illUVia concept in South Africa (WetsNext)

by Jessica de Koning (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext illUVia project)   [note: This WetsNext illUVia project is a follow-up of a Wetskills-South Africa 2016 case. One of the participants (Jessica) came up with a plan to do a feasibility study together with the case owner Berson UV, a local entrepreneur Blue Nickel and Wetskills Foundation.]   Yesterday, I officially started my internship at Blue Nickel, where Jeremy Tucker, my supervisor and main partner for the project works. The guys at the office in Centurion (near Pretoria) gave me a warm welcome. I am the only girl in the office, and (besides Jeremy) the only one who is working on a water and sanitation project like ours. The others work on process control, mostly for mines, which is what Blue Nickel is specialized in.   Yesterday, Jeremy and I discussed how we are going to proceed the following weeks. As priorities, we identified 1) further research concerning the features of...

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Data collection in Ahmedabad (WetsNext)

by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project) In hindsight, I couldn’t imagine being able to see so many features of the country as I did in the relatively short period I stayed in India. I was able to speak to many kind government officials across different departments. I spoke to ambitious and concerned NGOs, and I spoke to involved academics. I was even able to join a water walk, organised by ‘concerned’ citizens. During this water walk, we were guided along important water features of Ahmedabad like the the Vasna Barrage, a Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a place where treated wastewater is discharged into the river. Next to my research related activities, I was also able to do some sightseeing and experience the local Diwali celebrations. Now, back in the Netherlands, it’s time to finish transcribing interviews and gathering the last bits of required data. After that, I’m finally...

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Minister Schultz van Haegen awards winning team in Iran

Tehran-Iran, Minister of Environment and Infrastructure of Kingdom of The Netherlands, Ms. Schultz van Haegen announced and awarded the winning team of Wetskills-Iran. The Wetskills jury found that returning a flamingo to Lake Urmia to raise awareness on all kinds of levels in society (from primary schools to farmers to municipalities) was the idea worth awarding.The awards were given at the trade dinner for the Dutch mission to Iran headed by Ms. Schultz van Haegen. Following two weeks of hard work, cooperation and fun, the fice Wetskills teams presented their pitches and posters of this Wetskills Water Challenge in Iran on Sunday 24th October. The ideas pitched were vastly ranging from technical solutions to give more time in adapting lifestyle for Rafsajan pistachio farmers to integrating sensor technology to create awareness by installing a large flamingo in Lake Urmia, reacting to water level, to entice inhabitants to a race to fill...

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City Blueprint Ahmedabad: WetsNext project

by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project)   How do you end up in Ahmedabad, India, interviewing government officials on integrated urban water issues? Well, it started in June 2016. That summer, I was a participant of the Wetskills USA event in Boston. During this event, I had a great time roaming the Boston harbour and enjoying the company of fellow participants during interesting visits. But most of all, I was part of the team working on a great case provided by KWR Watercycle Research Institute. The case consisted of applying the proven City Blueprint Approach to the city of Boston, and coming up with an innovative application of the City Blueprint Approach to contribute to Boston’s water sustainability. After presenting our final ideas and poster to the audience at the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Boston, I had not have enough of the City Blueprint Approach. Together with...

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