EWS for water-using industry is already fully developed and implemented at many sites across Europe. EWS for agriculture is nearing completion of the pilotphase and can enter the implementation phase soon. EWS recently also started development of EWS for cities, together with the City of Leeuwarden and the BluesCities network.
Benefits of EWS across sectors include:
- Improving efficiency and associated cost-savings;
- Mitigating business and political risks;
- Ensuring compliance with national and international legislation;
- Offering an efficient analysis of the sustainable water management of (potential) up- and downstream business partners. Major water-users are currently looking into the benefits of making EWS an obligation for downstream partners;
- Providing a tool for demonstration and practical communication of sustainability and CSR to customers, investors, and business partners; Profiling the organization as a leader on water management;
- Benchmarking the organization against its competitors.
- A community of organizations working to continuously improve their sustainable water management practices in their sector;
- A process embedded in the organization with incentives to continuously improve and innovate to manage water related risks, improve sustainable water management, and reach complex goals related to corporate social responsibility policies.