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SENSE PhD candidate Joeri Willet (Environmental Technology WUR) is developing a model to better match water supply and demand of the industry. Within two years, he aims to have built a model that is capable of matching water supply and demand by finding alternative local water sources. In addition, the model calculates how to utilize supply sources in a sustainable way.
Willet: ‘We want to enable water users to match their water consumption with the availability in the local environment, as well as with the water availability at any particular moment.’
Climate warming is expected to change future water supply, while alterations in society will change demand. Increased population size as well as intrusion of salt water due to sea level rise, make water supply for consumers and industry more uncertain and unpredictable. ‘Smart use of available water sources and finding alternative sources are essential to prevent future problems related to water availability’, says Willet. With more water users and an increased overall water consumption, it will be necessary to better match water supply and demand. Sustainable use of available water sources, with minimal impact on ecosystems, is an important criterion.’