Fetching and cleaning their own water, surveying drainage channels, hikes up mountains – all along with training sessions. Our EJWP1 participants completed the programme with a memorable final Training Week in Norway. They also shared the outcomes and water-sector applications of their project “Mapping the Complex Ecosystem of AQUA alarm.”
EJWP1 participant Martha Gjermo with AQUA alarm shared highlights of the project and hosting the Training Week with her organization:
What are some outcomes of the EJWP project that can be applied in the water sector?
We got a good understanding of how people in different organizations and areas of expertise perceive situations in their waterworks, with inputs on pitfalls and how to avoid them. The project was invaluable in that it confirmed our understanding of the water sector and its complex ecosystem, as well as the value of our novel sensing technology and AI-based solutions for water utilities. We also gained some valuable connections with the participants for future knowledge sharing.
Has the project provided useful information towards goals of your organization?For us the main outcome was the insights we got from the participants and from a questionnaire that was sent within the water sector. There are different views on how drinking water should be managed, as well as on how securely water quality is managed today. The ability and willingness to invest in new technologies was also investigated, including consideration of the benefits of digitalization. As an SME, the EJWP network, and insights into various organisations throughout the water sector, have provided better access to and positioning in the market we are entering with our technology.
What is the value of collaboration with other water organizations in Europe on projects like these?
We learnt in detail about different markets and water providers, how they work, and what are regional and general problems. This gives us a far better understanding of the general market that we are targeting with our technology.
What were some of the key activities of the Training Week?
We got to feel the value of water through training activities and the daily life at the cabin, in which all water was fetched from a well and boiled before drinking. On the first day, we walked uphill and worked to ensure that a drainage channel for excess water in the field was clear; this helps prevent erosion during heavy rains in the fall season. Later in the week, we had a workshop on our project findings, a hike up the nearest mountain, several personal training sessions, and a big bonfire dinner.
What more can you say about EJWP and the value of collaboration of young European water professionals?
As a young co-founder of a tech company, it has been valuable to be a part of this programme and to be given the opportunity to develop both myself professionally and my knowledge of the European water sector market. Also, the connections and friendships that from this programme are invaluable on many levels. Hopefully we can continue to inspire each other and make a difference together with our combined knowledge long after the programme has finished.