FRESH4Cs is a cooperation project between 10 Belgian, Dutch and UK partners funded by the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. This four year project (2019-2022) will demonstrate the provision of alternative and sustainable fresh water resources for lowland coastal regions. During the project we will set up demo cases that focus on providing such alternative water resources at farmers, industry, nature and drinking water production. Demo cases focus on the technological aspects, but also on finding solutions for the non-technological barriers that impede further replication of our solutions. Our ultimate goal is that the different solutions provided will be adopted beyond our project consortium and result in the widespread use of alternative sustainable water resources.
Demo cases focus on using fresh water that is now drained to the sea, using several technological solutions. In the UK, advanced water management will provide fresh water through a piping and pumping network that will supply buffer basins for the water to be used by farmers. In the same region we are starting a managed aquifer recharged and abstraction demo (MAR) pilot. In Belgium, a first demo case in Koksijde focusses on nature based treatment of RO concentrate through a willow marsh. We will asses possible uses of this treated concentrate. A second demo near Kwetshage will test the possibilities for above ground and under ground water storage in a polder. In first instance nature will benefit from this water resource, but also possibilities to apply technologies for farmers will be tested. In the Netherlands, a demo case near Terneuzen will assess the feasibility of water storage in shallow aquifers (kreekruginfiltratie), and start a pilot demo at the most suited location. Water users are industry and agriculture. A second case near Kruiningen will assess the possibilities of storing effluent water of a food plant for use by nearby agriculture, again using above ground or subsoil (Kreekruginfiltratie) storage. More information about each demo case can be found on this website.