2017 – present

WATER SCARCITY | RIVER BASIN PLANNING | PARTICIPATORY MODELLING | CONJUNCTIVE WATER USE | HYDROLOGIC MODELLING

To generate actionable insights to adapt and mitigate local water risks, Deltares and Kimberly-Clark Corporation developed WaterLOUPE in several basins around the world.

Manufacturers like Kimberly-Clark require considerable amounts of production water for their consumer goods. The water supply is under pressure in many of their factories. Business-wise efficiency measures are implemented in response. However, access to water should be improved for all actors in the river basins in question, especially the most exposed and vulnerable users. To generate actionable insights to adapt and mitigate local water risks, Deltares and Kimberly-Clark Corporation developed WaterLOUPE in different basins around the world, such as Cape Town (South Africa), São Paulo (Brazil) and Cali (Colombia).

The WaterLOUPE tool tracks data relating to social, economic and climate factors that affect fresh water availability in river basins and displays the information on a highly visual, user-friendly dashboard. The scientifically sound tool is easily accessible for all user groups and provides scenarios extending to a thirty-year time horizon. It runs the risk assessment for each actor-group separately, instead of providing one generic risk assessment per basin. For example, it specifies between the impacts of water scarcity for self-subsistence farmers versus large farms. The distinction in impacts at actor level are key in establishing good and sustainable water stewardship in the catchment area.

For more information, contact Sophie Vermooten

sophie.vermooten@deltares.nl

Or check the website (example for Cape Town and Western Cape)