Who we are
We are Waternet, the water company in the Amsterdam region. We work for the Amsterdam council and water board Amstel Gooi and Vecht. The water board was already founded in the 14th century and the Amsterdam water in 1851. Throughout the centuries, our task has basically been the same: safeguarding public health through good sanitation and supplying clean drinking water; ensuring protection against flooding and making sure there’s enough clean surface water. Today we also deal with making water abstraction and water treatment more energy efficient and more sustainable. This is why we’re involved in the development of Buiksloterham, a new Amsterdam residential area – together with our partners we are creating a circular neighbourhood. For this purpose we are installing two different sewage systems: one for grey (shower-, laundry- and kitchen) water and one for black (toilet)water. From these separate systems, we can collect manure and energy (heat and biogas) for the neighbourhood.
What we do
At FabCity, our promotion mobile will represent the future of sanitation. We will explain and clarify how to separate wastewater systems work. We are also involved in FabCity in a practical way. We collect wastewater from the sanitary block in a closed reservoir; from the water we distract raw materials, like the phosphates from urine, which we can later use as manure for agricultural land. We will bring colleagues from different departments who will address different sides of the matter. like our researchers and the department sanitation and treatment.
Why we are here
We want to show visitors the water treatment in a circular economy: decentralised, energy-abstracting and water saving. We want to convince politicians, urban designers, project developers and self-builders to embrace circular principles when building new residential areas.
What we want
Circular sanitation is the future. In Europe of course, but you should also think of the benefits for metropolises in third world countries where waste water can be a source of sustainable energy and raw materials for entire slums.