Dutch water experts in the Netherlands Pavilion, designed by Five Spices in the Netherlands, are ready to talk about the Dutch experience in water technology and explore international business partnerships during WEFTEC this week.


Dutch water experts are coming to New Orleans this week to showcase the latest in Dutch water expertise and innovative technologies during the 91st annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference.

WEFTEC, as the conference is known, is the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference and exhibition, and attracts thousands of water and wastewater experts from around the world to learn from each other. The conference will take place Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 in New Orleans.

The Dutch excel in water technology due to centuries of experience dealing with water issues, treating wastewater, and making dirty water drinkable, said Sigrid Johannisse, the counselor for innovation, technology, and science with the Innovation Attaché Network at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.

But technology alone is not enough to develop game-changing strategies to deal with the world’s challenges of climate change, food production, and transitioning to clean-energy alternatives, she said. Collaboration among key actors is key and opens the door to new business opportunities.

“Transitioning to a circular economy, or an economy that reuses resources and produces no waste, will be a major task, but one that could ensure clean water for all 10 billion people who will be on this Earth in the coming decades,” Johannisse said. “Wastewater is one example, as it has nutrients and other substances that can be re-used. The Dutch can filter out these nutrients, and use them for agricultural purposes of even re-use heavy and valuable materials. Accomplishing a circular economy is a key goal for the Dutch government. The time to start that transition to a circular economy is now, and WEFTEC is an important platform to bring these key actors together.”

The Dutch presence at WEFTEC

The Dutch embassy’s Innovation Attaché Network, the Dutch Consulate General in Miami, as well as the Water Alliance and the Netherlands Water Partnership, organized the Dutch presence at the conference.

The companies that will attend to showcase their own innovative technology include:

LG SonicNedapDorset Green Machines
DMT Clear Gas SolutionsWater CampusAquatech
AIWWHal 24KNX Filtration
MTDVan HeckColsen International BV
Titan Salt

They will gather in the Netherlands Pavilion (booth 5813) to display and explain the Dutch experience in water technology and explore international business partnerships.

Several Dutch experts will also speak in special sessions during the conference. The schedule is:

1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Innovation Pavilion:

  • Lisa Brand, LG Sonic
  • Bastiaan Lammers, MTD (via Justin Murray)
  • Hein Molenkamp, Water Alliance
  • Leon Korving (water tech expert)
  • Mark van Loosdrecht (water tech expert)

10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Global Center:

  • Hein Molenkamp, Water Alliance
  • Petra Kastein, Dorset
  • Robert Gerard, NXFiltration
  • Adam Hill, HAL24K
  • Jurgen Brekelmans, Colsen

A long history of water expertise

The Netherlands has a long history of defending itself from floods, reclaiming lost or unusable land from the sea, and cleaning water to make it drinkable. In fact, Dutch companies have been involved in water-management projects all over the world, from the U.S. to Brazil to China.

Learn more about the Dutch expertise in water management and technology in the July/August issue of World Water or check out NLintheUSA.com/water.