The Social Leap of Water

Circular (renovation) construction service for rainwater collection by BAM Belgium

Older social housing is lacking in (rain) water collection and recovery. Even when these houses are renovated, action is rarely taken due to a lack of return on investment.
If you consider that in Flanders there are more than 50,000 such houses, the sum is immediately made: there is a potential to collect billions of litres of rainwater per year from these houses. And as the past dry summers have made very clear: water is one of our most valuable resources.

Construction company BAM Belgium, De Watergroep and social housing company Cordium are working together to give the (rain) water in the neighbourhoods in question a local and profitable second life in which all parties win.
Their solution lies in De Sociale Watersprong, a circular (re)construction service that wants to equip existing social housing with rainwater harvesting and possibly greywater recovery. The investment would be paid back by the savings on the water bill, with a "no more than before" principle (or even a little less).
The rainwater facilities of The Social Water Spring are sustainably designed, constructed, financed and maintained. They are smart and collective at district level. Water consumption is monitored and resident coaching is provided.

Within the framework of the Social Water Leap, the consortium is also studying water recuperation as-a-service and evaluating the usefulness of a real 'Water Performance Contract' (WPC).

The Social Leap Forward is a socially relevant project that tries to offer an answer to the imminent shortage of water and helps to ensure that water remains affordable for a vulnerable group.

BAM Belgium

Partners Cordium, De Watergroep

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