Traditional water resources are under pressure in the 2seas region, and this problem is even more prominent in lowland coastal regions due to salinization of (near) surface waters. These same coastal lowlands drain vast amounts of water towards the sea at moments of seasonal (winter) water surplus. Also waste water effluent is often drained. Where water consumption has often been reduced to economically feasible levels, a second step in efficient water resource management is providing alternative and more sustainable resources. We will do this by efficiently using the freshwater resources that are now being drained to the sea.
The FRESH4Cs project wants to demonstrate alternative fresh water resources for different water users in coastal lowlands. Six demonstration cases will show how different technologies can ensure future water availability in those coastal lowlands. These demo cases are supported by a technologic evaluation and by an assesment of the non-technological barriers preventing further replication.
FRESH4Cs has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S06-028.