Harvesting of resources
Such is the level of pressure on water resources that water removed from the environment is increasingly used more than once before being returned. This is a shift from a linear approach to resource use towards a circular use. In fact, there is today a growing momentum aimed at creating circular economies, where production and consumption patterns are reworked to allow resources of all kinds to be used in a circular manner.
The Netherlands supports this shift towards a circular economy, and this change in outlook is leading to new concepts and approaches in the water sector. This is particularly so in the area of used water. The wastewater sector has a history of using the sludge produced in agriculture. The new wastewater paradigm takes this to another level, pursuing a growing range of opportunities to harvest resources from used water.