Freshwater Scarcity

At the global level, there is uncertainty about the worldwide water resources and the growing demand for fresh water. Deltares is developing ‘state-of-the-art’ models for specific regions based on the most recent data. Next to that we also have the expertise required for tailor-made social cost-benefit analyses and scenario planning for the long term.


Government authorities, industry, agriculture, energy producers, insurers and companies need a clear picture of current and future freshwater supplies. This concerns insights in both surface water bodies as well as groundwater reservoirs and its interconnections with the subsurface and the influences of the climate.

The availability of water in and between countries will become an increasingly urgent issue, particularly where fresh water is, or will be, in short supply. Governments face major complex decisions about sharing the available water so that industry, agriculture and energy generation are not put under extreme pressure. Considerable investments are required, as is specialist knowledge, to address this water challenge and determine sustainable solutions for future deltas and river basins.