Arcadis and KWR teaming up in SALutions

Arcadis and KWR Watercycle Research Institute have signed a Cooperation Agreement in the area of Subsurface Water Solutions. Ensuring a long term commitment to provide sustainable freshwater management in coastal areas.

The Allied Waters’ SALutions Collab focuses on Subsurface Water Solutions (SWS): novel concepts for groundwater resource management in coastal zones, based on the smart combined use of natural resources and advanced techniques. Examples of SWS include:

  • The temporary storage of freshwater in saline groundwater and its subsequent unmixed recovery for crop irrigation (the ASR-Coastal concept)
  • The prevention of water-well salinization through the simultaneous abstraction of fresh and intruding saline groundwater (the Freshkeeper® concept).

The agreement is a result of a successful 4-year cooperation in this field, including feasibility studies for drinking water utilities in Florida (US) and project initiation for water reuse and agriculture in Mexico.

COASTAR (COastal Aquifer STorage And Recovery) is one of the recent SALutions initiatives. This programme aims at the large-scale implementation of SWS for robust and sustainable freshwater supply in the coastal delta of the Netherlands. COASTAR involves the development and implementation of an integrated, long-term Master Plan, which has an impact on a wide range of sectors – drinking water, industry, agriculture, cities – and encourages water reuse.


About Allied Waters

The Allied Waters public-private partnership is dedicated to implementing game-changing innovation in the watercycle under the motto of ‘driving the circular economy’. In creating solutions to major water problems worldwide, the key elements of the Allied Waters partnership are strong reference cases, research and development, innovative financing and business models.

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.
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About KWR

“Bridging science to practice” is the mission of KWR Watercycle Research Institute. Our shareholders are the ten Dutch water companies. KWR researchers work at the interface of science, business and society. Their strength lies in their ability to translate scientific knowledge into practical and implementable solutions for end-users in the Dutch and European water sectors. KWR has developed a solid reputation as a top-level innovation accelerator and international network builder.

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