Water stress

Engineering can play a pivotal role

The balance between water supply and demand is becoming increasingly unstable. So much so that by 2025, according to the World Health Organisation, half the world’s population will live in areas of permanent water scarcity. This makes the threat of water shortages more urgent than ever.


Sustainable drinking water solutions

There are many ways to nip the drinking water shortage in the bud. Examples include increasing the number of usable water sources and speeding up the process of extracting new water. These are undoubtedly promising approaches. But they are far from enough. The technical possibilities in the field of (drinking) water extraction are extensive. Iv specialises in optimising water balance, drinking water preparation and the reduction of water wastage, and using process water in (industrial) production processes. We help our clients find sustainable solutions to ensure an adequate drinking water supply.

Water balance

The Netherlands has been experiencing water stress for a number of years: the occurrence of drought and salinisation and an increase in water consumption by households and businesses is being observed. To ensure the availability of good quality water for the basic needs of life and industry and to maintain a suitable living environment, a macro and micro approach is needed. Such an approach requires vision, incentives, and broad support from the government, drinking water companies, water boards and industrial companies. A water balance can help explore optimisations that will increase and develop insight into business operations.

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Water balance


Iv works worldwide on unique projects that are of great importance to society. From offshore wind platforms, unique bridges and the world’s largest lock gates to buildings, factories, water treatment plants, container cranes and more. We deliver workable solutions of the highest quality for issues of all sizes and complexities.

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Curious about the possibilities for your project?

Paul, managing director Water, would be delighted to discuss this with you! Get in touch via +31 88 943 3900 or send a message.

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Paul Kloet