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Aquafin's Leap: Transitioning from Water Management to Rainwater-as-a-Service Innovation



In short


In facing the challenges posed by climate change with sporadic rainfalls causing water scarcity versus over-abundance, Aquafin sought to pioneer an innovative approach to rainwater management. Aimed at not only addressing water problems but also unlocking new market potentials, this project embarked on transforming the conventional rainwater solutions to a more sustainable and market-driven “Rainwater-as-a-Service” model. The endeavor embraced a comprehensive stakeholder-centric approach to reshape the water management landscape, ensuring municipalities are better equipped financially and operationally to tackle water-related challenges.


Aquafin sought to pioneer an innovative approach to rainwater management

About Aquafin


Aquafin is a prominent player in the water management sector in Belgium, primarily focusing on wastewater treatment and ensuring the country's waterways are ecologically sound. Their commitment extends beyond wastewater treatment to broader water management issues. Their endeavors are in alignment with public sector objectives, encompassing sustainable water management, climate adaptation, and enhancing urban resilience against water-related challenges.


Aquafin operates within the public sector, specifically in the realm of water management. The sector is pivotal in ensuring sustainable water resources management, safeguarding aquatic ecosystems, and adapting to climate-related challenges. It encompasses a spectrum of activities including wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and freshwater supply, all crucial for urban and rural sustainability.


The public sector is pivotal in ensuring sustainable water resources management, safeguarding aquatic ecosystems, and adapting to climate-related challenges.

Challenges


The paradox of water scarcity amid occasional excessive rainfall exacerbated by climate change posed a significant challenge. Municipalities, being the primary clientele of Aquafin, often found themselves financially constrained to adequately address these challenges.


The core assignment encompassed:

1. Evaluating existing rainwater solutions

2. Conducting market research for innovative rainwater management ideas

3. Mapping stakeholder problems and identifying partnership opportunities


Our Approach


Inspired by a webinar on future living, Aquafin envisioned the concept of “Rainwater-as-a-Service,” seeking our expertise to refine and materialize this concept. We initiated the process by conducting exhaustive interviews across different stakeholder groups. This holistic approach aimed at understanding the broad spectrum of issues from various vantage points—ranging from real estate developers, farmers, to government bodies. The insights garnered facilitated the formulation of concrete solutions, addressing multifaceted stakeholder problems while unveiling market potential. Furthermore, it enabled a thorough evaluation and enhancement of existing rainwater solutions.


Aquafin envisioned the concept of “Rainwater-as-a-Service,” seeking our expertise to refine and materialize this concept

The Results


The project culminated in:

  1. A comprehensive analysis of stakeholder needs and problems

  2. Mapping of viable innovative venture opportunities with significant market potential

  3. An exhaustive evaluation and recommendations for augmenting current rainwater solutions


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