New leadership and new end-user support and collaboration
The Action Group on Realtime Water Quality Monitoring (AG RTWQM) started this year with a change in the leadership: after three years of inspiring leadership, Sergio de Campos of Adasa passed on the role of coordinator to Dr. Corina Carpentier of Benten Water Solutions (NL), thereby supported by Jordi Cros of Adasa (ES).
This year the Action Group will put more emphasis on end-user support and collaboration - e.g. with other Action Groups, the ICT4water Cluster and specific relevant stakeholder groups, such as water utilities and research institutes. Additionally, an interactive digital platform will be established to facilitate knowledge exchange throughout the entire EU and beyond.
The water monitoring technology market is growing rapidly, especially since the beginning of this century. These rapid developments increasingly require high levels of knowledge and expertise of end-users in order to successfully implement suitable online monitoring technologies to ensure maximum benefits in terms of process control and optimisation, reduction of energy and chemicals consumption, and the (operational) cost-savings associated with these. Making this knowledge and expertise better available will be an important goal of the Action Group for this year.
Over the past years, the Action Group on Realtime Water Quality Monitoring has pursued its main goal to foster solutions to water challenges based on online water quality monitoring technologies and affordable monitoring strategies. Last year, the activities have been focused on supporting EU legislative developments by providing valuable input at various rounds of consultation in order to ensure the uptake of online monitoring strategies in relevant EU legislation, e.g. on water reuse and drinking water. In the coming year, the Action Group will continue to be involved in these and other legislative processes, but also aims to play a more significant role in brokering collaboration agreements, on the research and development side as well as through more commercially oriented activities.