Nitrate App receives European innovation award

Published: 2 November 2020

Technologies that make it easy to measure and monitor your own actions are important to achieve joint results. That is also being seen in the fight against coronavirus. If you know what your situation is, come up with solutions based on the guidelines and then assess them, you feel more involved and take action.

The Deltares Nitrate App is just such a solution. This innovation recently won the European digital water award. It was presented to Joachim Rozemeijer during, as is almost usual in these days, a remote ceremony.

On Friday 30 October, Durk Krol the director of Water Europe was in the Netherlands and he was welcomed at Deltares by our new director Annemieke Nijhof. On that occasion, he was able to hand over the cup that comes with Water Europe’s digital water award.

Useful app

Farmers can use the Nitrate App to see for themselves how much nitrate is entering their surface waters and groundwater. The data is then shared: this is important for further research and others can also benefit. The 1991 Nitrate Directive aims to protect water quality throughout Europe by ensuring that nitrate from agricultural sources does not contaminate groundwater and surface water. Water Europe agrees that a digital solution like the Nitrate App helps to achieve that goal.

Nitrate in Europe

The Nitrate App in Europe is mainly used in the Netherlands and Denmark. The app can be downloaded for free by everyone. All they then need to purchase are the nitrate strips and a reference card.

The Dutch Nitrate Directive action programme is achieving good results. Improvements are being monitored in a national monitoring network. All Member States have drawn up action programmes based on the directive: there are more than 300 in Europe as a whole.

receiving the prize from the left Joachim Rozemeijers, Durk Krol, Annemieke Nijhof