Industrial hotspot analysis for Province Flevoland

As part of our ongoing commitment to clean rivers, seas and oceans, we started a new collaboration between Provincie Flevoland and Waterschap Zuiderzeeland. Hydrex Research Center guides our dedicated team of Technical University of Delft students to achieve high-quality results and aims to help the authorities significantly enhance the water quality within the Flevoland region.
Skyline of a city along the shore of a lake below a blue sky in summer

The core objective of Project Flevoland is to address the issue of industrial discharges of pollutants onto the surface waters and the water treatment plants in the province. The authorities face a challenge in linking the pollutants to their source due to outdated permits and the use of new substances. By conducting a data analysis and providing the authorities with a state-of-the-art tool, we assist them in effectively preventing pollution and improving the water quality. 


Through an extensive analysis and integration of data on pollutants, their chemical properties, the categorisation of the polluters, and the geographical distribution of those polluters, Hydrex Research Center builds a comprehensive database. The database can filter on regions, zip codes, substance groups, and water treatment plants and provide the authorities with an overview of potential pollution hotspots based on the number of polluters present and their accompanying risk factors.

The database will enable authorities such as the waterboard Zuiderzeeland and Omgevingsdienst Flevoland & Gooi en Vechtstreek, to identify the most problematic companies, areas, and substances. This, in turn, will facilitate more targeted regulatory inspections and permit controls to reduce water pollution.

Our team: Jula van der Schans, Thymon Rhemrev, Sanjiv Kamperveen, and Felice Verbeek

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