Turning global water challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth
Water is a scarce resource that is under increasing pressure. According to the UN, global water consumption will increase by 30 per cent by 2030 due to population growth and increased wealth.
Several challenges related to water supply, water quality and wastewater treatment could be avoided or reduced through integrated water management and an intelligent approach to the entire water cycle.
By treating water as the valuable and vital resource that it is, Denmark has been able to reduce water consumption by almost 40 per cent since 1980 and increase energy efficiency throughout the water cycle.
We invite you to explore water solutions in depth below, find potential partners, catch up on the latest news and discover real-life case examples of how water technologies can help solve your water challenges.
As the second most populous state in the United States, Texas has a growing demand for water. With a semi-arid climate, the state is prone to extreme droughts but still lots of distributed water is lost or never invoiced every year. These challenges can be addressed to meet current and future water needs by optimizing water management and reducing non-revenue water.
Mid-South Synergy in Montgomery, TX, operates a water service area with more than 5,000 metering points. The utility was looking for a solution that would give them a detailed overview of their distribution network with realtime information and smart alarms, which would help save resources.
60 per cent of all microplastics come from car tyres on the roads. In a new project, the Danish Road Directorate and Aalborg University are testing a new method to remove microplastics along a busy Danish motorway – and the preliminary results are very promising.
Rural Ugandan fishing villages along Lake Victoria did not have easy access to safe water. The lake is polluted from industrial waste and causes serious or deadly waterborne diseases when ingested. In 2015 the Iceland government funded a 4-year Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) project to help the area.
The developed urban hydrology model ‘MODFLOW-LID’ was demonstrated for case-areas in the city of Odense. Different NBSstrategies were simulated on detailed scale (Figure 1) and upscaled by the model to neighbourhood scale (Figure 2). NBS-strategies included the use of rainwater tanks, green roofs, raingardens and soakaways on private parcels as well as swale-trench systems with […]
Water hazards like floods, extreme rainfall, and droughts can have detrimental impacts on local communities and their economies. Recovering from these impacts might be very difficult, especially in cities where communities live closely together and systems are interconnected. Luckily, there are many solutions that can help cities build resilience.
Biogas Energy have built an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at North State Rendering in Oroville, California that is already paying dividends, with uninterrupted biogas generating electricity, fuelling trucks and running boilers. “For a rendering plant, biogas is a natural fit”, says Brian Gannon of Biogas Energy. “North State Rendering were looking for ways to cut […]
HOFOR, Greater Copenhagen Utility, is in the process of modernizing and introducing softening of the drinking water at its waterworks. Marbjerg Waterworks was the first of HOFOR’s waterworks to be renovated back in 2015, and HOFOR is currently starting up the new softening plant at the waterworks. Protection of the environment and the drinking water has been the main priority in the design of Marbjerg Waterworks
Good rainwater management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Population growth and urbanisation, floodings as well as more frequent and longer periods of droughts all encourage an optimised use of rainwater in cities. Traditionally speaking, climate adaptation seeks to lower the risks posed by the consequences of climate […]
Covering an area of 450,000 m2, “The Climate City” project in Middelfart demonstrates how to integrate climate adaptation with urban development. Through a dialogue based co-creational process, the municipality and wastewater utility have worked closely together with landscape architects, engineers, local citizens and other stakeholders in developing the project. From the programming phase, through the […]
Copenhagen has experienced a number of extreme rainfall events since 2010 and the frequency of these types of events are predicted to increase in the future. As extreme rainfall events present enormous challenges (which vary from area to area), they cannot be solved by a single initiative such as upgrading the sewerage system. For this […]
25-50% of all distributed water globally is lost or never invoiced due to illegal connections, inaccurate billing systems, inaccurate metering, leakages, deteriorating infrastructure and wrong water pressure management etc. – or in short Non-Revenue Water (NRW). This white paper examines how water utilities can improve efficiency and meet future demand for water by reducing Non-Revenue Water.
The project ‘Water Smart Cities’ has over the last four years researched in urban water management. The research has shown that the green transition and the environment will benefit from improved water management with increased digitisation.
The Hydract double seat valve housing is designed in cooperation with hygienic design specialists to offer a great range of hygienic and cleanable valve houses for the process industry. The design of the valve house creates optimal conditions in terms of cleanability and flow. It is designed to deliver high performance every time, every day! […]
Energy is an important driver when ensuring a green transition – both in society, but also in the industries and production facilities across the globe. As the world’s resources are becoming increasingly scarce, companies must learn how to produce more from less – not only to limit their environmental footprint and decarbonise, but also to leverage the competitive advantages of improved production efficiency.
An additional 72 cities and municipalities around the world are joining “Race to Zero”, a global campaign to mobilise cities, businesses, regions, and investors around a green and just recovery ahead of next year’s COP26 in Glasgow. A record-high 46 Danish municipalities have joined, so now a total of 66 Danish municipalities are in the race.
How important is access to clean air in our cities? And how valuable is access to clean water and proper sanitation to city life? Both air and water are under pressure in our cities as a result of increasing urbanisation, and the human and economic consequences are immense. However, many solutions to tackle the challenges already exist – and maybe the time has never been better to speed up the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future?
Good water management can make cities healthier places to live, resilient towards climate change and more sustainable overall. Without proper sanitation, sewerage and clean water supply, there is no liveable city. This white paper features lessons learned from different Danish stakeholders within urban water management. It is meant to serve as a tool for inspiration for creating innovative water solutions, which contribute to smarter and more liveable cities.
To achieve the global ambitions for a green transition, large sums of finance are needed. This white paper features ideas and solutions for how to achieve the goals and it is meant to serve as an inspiration for everyone involved in the green economy.
On a global scale, less than half of all wastewater is collected and less than one fifth is treated. This has led to severe environmental degradation of many inland and sea waters around the world. This white paper provides lessons learned from Danish stakeholders within wastewater treatment.
ULTRAAQUA Group is specialized in advanced pool water treatment and is known for pioneering particle filtration and disinfection technologies. The biggest problem in chlorinated swimming pool water is that chlorine reacts extremely rapidly with nitrogen compounds in the water to give rise to problematic disinfection by-products (DBP) such mono-, di-, and trichloramine. Especially, trichloramine, NCl3, has […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product portfolio for drinking water disinfection provides chemical-free, safe drinking water without the creation of dangerous by-products. The UV units options consist of the following: ÖNORM M 5873-1 validated SSV series – stainless steel L316 closed vessels with full bioassay validation. Equipped with SWIRLFLOW™ technology, the UV reactor delivers additional power savings due […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product Portfolio for wastewater disinfection helps to preserve the environment and human health through the downstream water supply by eliminating dangerous bacteria and viruses from any human activity. All units in SS (Stainless-steel L316) material. Equipped with the latest UV technology, ULTRAAQUA UV units deliver industry-leading disinfection and energy efficiency. The UV units […]
ULTRAAQUA UV Product Portfolio for Aquaculture delivers water biosecurity for various shrimp and fish species. All units can be manufactured in PP (polypropylene) materials for anti-corrosion excellence in harsh saltwater or SS (Stainless-steel L316) for freshwater. All units are integrated for intake, process, and discharge water applications. The product options consist of the following: ACN […]
Streets constitute a significant share of the total surface area of Danish cities. In terms of elevation they literally form the bottom line. Schulze+Grassov are under contract with Denmark’s Realdania Foundation under the Danish Klimaspring initiative to develop new innovative climate adaptation systems. Working creatively with streets in urban environments we seek to turn a […]
Climate change is affecting global rainfall patterns and water distribution. Since there is approximately 100 times more groundwater on Earth than fresh surface water, it makes sense to exploit groundwater as a source of water. The aim of this white paper is to share some of Denmark’s technologies, tools and methods for groundwater mapping and hydrogeological modelling.
The exploitation of freshwater resources, population growth and the impacts of climate change calls for water management based on sound knowledge and sustainable practices. This White Paper covers the Danish approach to Integrated Water Resource Management and addresses complex water challenges.
For more than four decades, the worldwide demand for fish has increased at almost twice the rate of the growth in global population. This White Paper presents best practice examples of resource efficient sea and land-based aquaculture solutions for farming high quality seafood.
In July 2011 Copenhagen experienced the worst rainfall ever with more than 80,000 homes flooded resulting in damages at a cost of around 1 billion €. A new tool has been developed in order to minimize damages from such events in the future. Quick solution to combat effects of climate changes With the climate changes, some […]
Danish Solar Energy Ltd. has always taken initiative in being innovative in the solar-industry. We are always looking for new partners, who we can develop new sustainable products and/or projects with. We have a lot of expertise within complete stand-alone systems and grid-connected solutions. We are also looking for distributors for our complete systems suited […]
Keen to promote growth, quality of life and sustainability, Copenhagen boosts innovative business and action across sectors through a game changing data-approach. Combining technologies in new ways, it leverages efforts to create a more resource-efficient city with citizens and businesses in key roles. Turning challenges into opportunities How to ensure city services, life quality and […]
An overflow construction, placed at Kærbyholmrende, Middelfart, functions as a test and demo site for cleaning combined sewer overflow (CSO) with a HydroSeparator. The project is a cooperation between Middelfart Wastewater and Bonnerup Consults, and is supported by the Ministry of Environment. The HydroSeparator is developed by Bonnerup Consult primarily for treatment of rainwater, but […]
In order to identify the possibilities for reducing non-revenue water in Hanoi, EnviDan has conducted a feasibility study, which points out the way forward in relation to NRW-reduction. The focus of the study has been to find the current Non Revenue Water (NRW) level and to make a cost/benefit analysis to improve the existing condition. […]
EnviDan International has successfully conducted an R&D project in China upgrading a wastewater treatment plant for 200.000PE. At the plant in Ma An Shan EnviDan has implemented the ARP process and online control system EnviStyr and test results show significant improvements in effluent quality. With support from the Danish EPA and in cooperation with Aihua […]
Water consumption in Denmark comes entirely from groundwater that is clean, safe and drinkable – even tap water is not chlorinated. Denmark’s water consumption has been reduced by almost 40 per cent since 1980 even though the GDP has grown by 75 per cent during the same period. Thanks to a highly efficient distribution system, bacteria and other impurities are minimised and water loss in pipelines has been reduced to less than 8 per cent. Despite the fact that agriculture and industry account for nearly two-thirds of the total water consumption in Denmark, significant reductions in these sectors’ water footprint have been made, especially within the processing industries.
Wastewater treatment of a high standard is crucial to protect people and ecosystems. However, the treatment of wastewater is often very energy-consuming. Around 2 per cent of the world’s total energy consumption is related to wastewater treatment, which leaves room for improvement. Most Danish wastewater treatment plants have assessed the potential of reducing their energy consumption and utilising the organic content to produce biogas and becoming energy neutral. A number of these have already managed to produce more energy than they consume. In Denmark, the first national wastewater plan was passed back in 1976 and today, around 900 wastewater treatment plants handle wastewater before it is released back into.
Denmark has ambitious plans for its water sector. A water vision for 2025 was created through dialogue between the Danish water sector and the Danish Government with the intention of developing Denmark’s position as a water hub for intelligent and efficient water solutions. As a country, we see great opportunity for mutual benefit in the transfer of knowledge and we aim at turning global water challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth.
For further information on water, please contact Malene Bering Beitzel, Project Manager, [email protected]