PRESS RELEASE | Dutch water sector working with WISA in the fight against water scarcity

Dutch water sector working with WISA in the fight against water scarcity

CAPE TOWN, 25 June 2018 – With the ongoing concern around the availability of water in the Western Cape, the province’s water challenges have been widely reported on. Innovative solutions and strong partnerships will be required to help solve issues around water security and scarcity and managing the ‘new normal’ when it comes to consumption and the preservation of this natural resource. 

“The need for collaboration in improving water management has never had more relevance given the current situation across South Africa” says Jason Mingo, Chair of the Water Institute of Southern Africa’s (WISA) technical committee. 

The Netherlands and South Africa have a long history in the area of strengthening water governance through knowledge transfer and skills development in the water sector. The much-lauded Kingfisher Programme which links South African water catchment management areas (CMAs) with Dutch Water Authorities to exchange knowledge on catchment strategies is a good example of the existing relationship between the two countries. 

From 24 to 27 June, twelve Dutch water companies will be joining the fight against water scarcity by attending the WISA 2018 biennial conference. 

“Water touches upon all big issues of our times: climate change, security, energy supply, poverty, population growth, agriculture, urbanization and migration” says Henk Ovink, special water envoy and Deputy Minister for International Water Affairs in the Netherlands. 

Ovink will lead the trade delegation attending the conference and hopes to share key learnings and solutions from various Dutch initiatives. 

WISA- participation and initiatives by the Netherlands

The following Dutch initiatives will form part of the formal WISA conference programme:

  • Hosting an informative workshop on industrial water re-use;
  • Co-hosting a workshop with the National Department of Water and Sanitation sustainable solutions for Water and Sanitation in a changing environment (the Kingfisher Project);
  • Solution-focused workshops by leading Dutch businesses and organisations;  
  • Hosting the prestigious Wetskills competition finals.

The following Dutch companies have signed up for the conference and look forward to “breaking boundaries and connecting ideas”:

  • Royal IHC supplies innovative and efficient equipment for the offshore, dredging and wet mining markets, focusing on projects from sea level to ocean floor.  
  • MTD Flex Water focuses on the growing market of temporary water supply and disposal
  • Rollepaal provides innovative pipe-producing equipment and their developments contribute to reducing energy consumption and the usage of raw materials. 
  • Hydraloop offers smart and affordable water recycling products in multiple spheres of usage 
  • Mienis is a pioneer in water treatment and has specialized in this space for more than 40 years
  • Lynnwood Living is a Dutch interior design company that offer custom solutions to the home, including a water recycling shower
  • Mobile Water Management is the only software company in the water sector that registers water levels by using a mobile device 
  • E.S.A Group is a leading specialist in physic-chemical wastewater technology and gives advice in the field of environmental problems concerning flue gas cleaning and waste water treatment

For more information on the Dutch water mission to South Africa or interviews with Dutch Water Envoy, Henk Ovink, please contact:


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