What if every drop of rain that falls on the roofs of Amsterdam is used to make beer?

Rolf Hut, Dorien Lugt, Iacopo Ceccarini, Teije van der Horst, Bas des Tombe, Bart Schilperoort, Joris Hoebe

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The city of Amsterdam, like many cities in the world, faces the problem that because of our changing climate, rainfall events become more intense. Sewers designed to only flood once every 10 years now flood multiple times a year.
In an award winning idea, the aptly named brewery Heavenswater, in dutch: “Hemelswater” decided to raise awareness for the growing urban rainwater drainages problems by brewing a beer using rain collected from their
roof in stead of from drinking water.
In this “what if” research we study the implications of this idea on a large scale. We look into the consequences for the rainwater drainage, but also wastewater, city planning, health care and last but not least: novel economic opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberEGU2017-5035
Number of pages1
JournalGeophysical Research Abstracts (online)
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventEGU General Assembly 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 23 Apr 201728 Apr 2017


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