I am passionate about (drinking) water ever since I have lived in an area were potable tap water was not readily available (Guatemala). At university, I have chosen to follow an international Master’s program, Masters of Water Resources Engineering, to gain more knowledge and insight into the water system. After completion of this Master’s program, I pursued a PhD with as title “Integrated river water quantity-quality modelling”. I am currently working as an hydrologist for De Watergroep, the largest drinking water utility in Flanders, serving drinking water to 3 million people. I am following up everything related to the quantity and quality of the sources of our surface water treatment plants among other things modelling, advising permit request, policy making, monitoring.
I am joining the EJWP as I believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go out of my comfort zone to learn new things and meet new people. I strongly believe that within Europe many problems we face with regard to the water system are similar e.g. drought, pollution. Thus we can learn from each other and see how others tackle problems instead of reinventing hot water. Doing this in a sustainable and equitable way is important to me personally as a mother of two boys and a girl (7.5, 6 and 2.5 years). In my spare time I like to go walking and be creative (sewing clothes, hand lettering, painting, ..).