Welcome to AquaMinerals
2020 is a year that will never be forgotten. It will be the year of #stay home and #be safe. However, it is also the year that AquaMinerals exists 25 years.
Twenty-five years in which a tremendous amount has happened and changed. Let’s go back to the beginning. The production of drinking water and the treatment of domestic wastewater generate residual products. The disposal of these residuals cost (costs) lots of money and, up to 25 years ago, they were being dumped as waste. The drinking water companies were well aware that other application possibilities must have existed, but didn’t see them in the regular waste sector. They decided to take the matter into their own hands, and set up Reststoffenunie Waterleidingbedrijven to unburden them of their concerns in this area. In 2016, Reststoffenunie received a new name: AquaMinerals B.V.
Water Authorities joined up
Over the course of the years, we began to work increasingly with the Dutch Water Authorities in researching whether we might be able to add value to the residuals that they generated as well. The chains that looked promising needed to be organised: juridically and contractually, meeting quality and legal requirements, and so forth. For the Water Authorities, joining an existing organisation that already had this knowledge and experience in-house was an interesting option. In 2017, our statutes were adjusted to make the participation of Water Authorities possible, and the first Water Authorities began acceding to the AquaMinerals collective in 2018.
Adding value in every way
Today, our mission is much broader than the ‘unburdening’ one that we started with 25 years ago. We are now actively engaged in creating economic and sustainability value for resources from the entire water cycle. It’s been a long time since we’ve considered residuals to be a problem. On the contrary, most materials now find their way to functional, and frequently high-value, applications. They often earn money and contribute to a better environment. In our Inspiration Booklet you can read about the multiple applications that now exist. And of course we are constantly researching the development of new chains.
We are proud to announce that we will (for now) pay attention to our anniversary on 2 July 2020 by means of a seminar. And we are just as proud to announce that our keynote speaker on the occasion will be Esther de Lange, Vice-Chair – Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and CDA delegation leader in the European Parliament.
Keep an eye on this page: more information about our anniversary day will follow!