From Aarhus Å to the Ayad River: inspiring green transition in India

An Indian delegation is visiting Denmark in connection with a collaboration between Aarhus Municipality, Aarhus Vand and the Indian city of Udaipur on safe, healthy and sustainable water management. Today, they are welcomed at our AVK headquarters in Galten. 11-08-2022

At our AVK Academy and Visitor Centre, the delegation will meet with representatives from State of Green, Grundfos, Ramboll, Kamstrup, SkyTEM, DHI, Larsen & Toubro and AVK Holding.

They will be introduced to the Danish Water Sector, the LEAKman (leakage management) project concept and benefits as well as a presentation from each of the participating companies. In the afternoon, they will visit the nearby drinking water facility and water treatment plant in Beder.

Exporting world-class solutions

Denmark’s water supply and wastewater handling is among the best in the world. Since 2016, Aarhus has been collaborating with the Indian city Udaipur around – among other subjects – clean drinking water, wastewater management and a holistic view on water management and urban development.

It is the hope that experiences and learnings of this collaboration should now be continued in the complete state of Rajasthan, where Udaipur is situated. The Mayor of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard, is pleased to welcome the delegation, which also passed by the City Hall;

“In Aarhus, we have some unique competencies regarding water management that can inspire and create value elsewhere in the world. The collaboration with India is a good example of a strong partnership, where we contribute with knowledge and solutions that support sustainable global development, while creating the basis for exporting Danish water technology and creating green growth”.

In Udaipur, several projects have been initiated to develop the areas around the river Ayad River which runs through the city. The initiatives are based on knowledge and experiences from the way Aarhus Å is incorporated as a green and recreational element in the city.

Holistic approach to water management

The collaboration is part of the combined efforts by DI (the Confederation of Danish Industry), DI Water, water utilities, universities, research centres and production companies – including AVK – that has led to the creation of the water epicentre “Water Valley Denmark” here in Jutland, Denmark.

Therefore, Aarhus is the perfect show-and-tell example of how water can be sustainably managed:

"In Aarhus, we focus on a holistic approach to water management. This means that we continuously incorporate climate adaptation and recreational solutions into the development of the city, so that we can, for example, handle large amounts of rainwater and at the same time create beautiful green urban spaces for the benefit of people, animals and plants. The global climate crisis means that it is more important than ever that we work together across national borders and share our knowledge and experiences," says Steen Stavnsbo, Councillor for Technology and Environment in Aarhus.

While the delegation is here, they will also be introduced to Aarhus Vand A/S, Aarhus University, Marselisborg Wastewater Treatment Plant, Aarhus Å as well as Water Valley Denmark. And on Friday, the visit will be concluded with a meeting with Environment Minister Lea Wermelin.

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