WINNET (Water Innovation Network) - Case Study

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Project

WINNET (Water Innovation Network)

Client

The Utrecht local authorities of De Bilt, Woerden, Zeist, Houten and the Higher Water Board 'De Stichtse Rijnlanden'.

Country

The Netherlands

Background and objective

Nowadays, local authorities have a duty of care with respect to urban groundwater. A Higher Water Board is responsible for establishing a Desired Groundwater and Surface Water Regime. The Utrecht local authorities of De Bilt, Woerden, Zeist, Houten and the Higher Water Board 'De Stichtse Rijnlanden' therefore sought a company that could install and manage a groundwater monitoring network. A European invitation to tender followed and was eventually won by Eijkelkamp Agrisearch Equipment. Now more than 200 survey points have been installed that Eijkelkamp will manage.

Why WINNET selected Eijkelkamp

The WINNET project concerned not only the installation and equipping of the monitoring networks, but also the establishment of the monitoring and maintenance of the system and the implementation of the complete monitoring system at the various clients. Because the value of the project exceeded € 200,000, it had to be put out to tender in accordance with the European regulations.

‘Six companies submitted a tender and the outcome was based on a list of criteria. The criterion ‘price’ received a certain number of points, as did ‘data management quality’ and ‘sustainability’. Eijkelkamp, as one of the tender companies, scored the highest points in practically all areas. The project is now running and everything that was promised is happening. I am extremely satisfied with Eijkelkamp. The project is running smoothly and project leader Norbert Peters is always available if you need him. The work is done in an extremely disciplined way and exactly according to plan.’

Results

Project leader Mehmet Seyman: ‘We are currently busy with the online environment. We want to have a citizen-friendly website that clearly explains what is being monitored and how. No complex graphs that no one understands. Just clear information. We are going to great lengths to inform citizens about this. Of course, the website must also be user-friendly for us and other departments within the local authority, such as Spatial Planning.

Every local authority has its own ideas about what is relevant. It would be nice if in the near future there could be a website that is used by everyone and to which local authorities in the management area of the water board could easily link up. This could make the WINNET project an even greater success. At the moment there are four other local authorities that are interested.’

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