Climate change is increasing the chances of heavy showers and prolonged droughts. Researchers at Wageningen UR are collaborating with businesses and water boards on a solution to cope with periods of peak rainfall and water shortages.
As part of this collaboration, a water storage has been created to the south of the city of Arnhem. By linking weather forecasts to models for water flow, this reservoir can be emptied in time and be used to alleviate the city sewer system during periods of heavy rainfall. In periods of drought, market gardeners can extract water for the purpose of watering crops. During the rest of the year, it can be used for energy storage by pumping in river water and allowing it to flow out again. This is how Wageningen UR helps to improve the quality of life.