The signing of a new collaboration agreement solidifies a shared commitment to addressing the world's most pressing water challenges.
Since 2016, Moulton Niguel Water District, a Californian utility, and Aarhus Vand have looked at each other with a mutual interest for sharing knowledge. Ideas have crossed the Atlantic through workshops, Fact Finding tours, and conferences organized by the Danish Water Technology Alliance in the US (WTA).
On January 17th 2024, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Aarhus Vand and Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) with support from the Water Technology Alliance. The agreement marks the beginning of a strategic collaboration on innovative solutions for global water challenges. The signing took place at the headquarters of Moulton Niguel Water District in Orange County, California.
And Moulton Niguel sees great potential in this approach to partnerships and innovation. “The mindset of the Danish utilities, their business and partnership strategy, and the adept use of technology and data to find and develop optimal solutions will significantly benefit our district,” says Joone Kim-Lopez, CEO and General Manager, MNWD. She continues:
Under the new agreement, the utilities will collaborate on innovations in wastewater treatment, energy optimization and production, smart metering on water usage information, opportunities for potable reuse, alternative water supplies, and reduction of water loss.
“Innovative technologies that harness energy from wastewater and cutting-edge environmental practices in Denmark offer invaluable lessons as we envision the future of rebuilding our wastewater treatment plants," says Drew Atwater, Deputy General Manager, MNWD.
He further explains how the utility already has benefitted from Danish technology and practices as they have reduced their water loss significantly using Danish approaches.
Real time data for customers
On the other hand, Aarhus Vand is especially interested in how Moulton Niguel Water District is using smart metering as a means to present real time data on water usage to their customers. They have been recognized for this work as this has enhanced their customer relations.
The partnership builds on a 2017 agreement between the country of Denmark and the state of California to collaborate on the latest water technology, research, and management techniques. Since then, the Danish Water Technology Alliance (WTA) has facilitated international delegations as well as numerous networking and collaborative events for Danish and Californian water professionals. Both MNWD and Aarhus Vand have long-lasting partnerships with the WTA making the new collaboration possible.