Programme webinar - Flanders’ FOOD - VMx

Sustainable water management in the food industry (in Dutch)

The online workshop will focus on water in the food industry, presenting both innovative ideas and case studies. The main topics covered will be security of water supply, recycling, and computerisation in wastewater treatment and management.

General session

09:30 – 09:35

Arrival - Word of welcome

09:35 – 09:45

Conducting business in a circular manner starts with… a water master plan.

Tom Vandekerckhove, BOSAQ

Consulting Director

What steps are required and what should you think about before setting up a recycling system? What do you need to take into account when considering alternative water sources? Follow the process by means of a real-life example.

09:45 – 10:00

Manure as a source of water and nutrients for the food industry?

Rob Van den Broeck, Aaqua

Applications manager

How do I get the most out of pig manure? This presentation offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how 60,000 tonnes of pig manure per year are converted into raw materials for the food industry.

10:00 – 10:10

Circularity of nutrients – ‘De Nieuwe Dokken’ project in Ghent

Riet Cornelissen, Pantarein

Project engineer

Circular water reuse is not just about recycling water. Nutrients can also be recycled in a closed loop. Citizens and businesses are joining forces to create a symbiosis of circularity.

10:10 – 10:25

The circular economy in the food industry: a legislative story?

Lies Bamelis, United Experts

Consultant environment and energy

How can we tackle water availability together? Sharing wastewater between companies or between a company and a farmer: what are the obstacles, opportunities and requirements?

Follow-up session – Flanders’ FOOD: water technology

10:25 – 10:30

Encouraging innovation in the food industry

Bianca Lefevere, Flanders’ FOOD

Innovation manager

How do federations encourage and support water-intensive food companies in their transition towards circular water management?

10:30 – 10:45

Recycling water in Belgium's state-of-the-art slaughterhouse

Wouter De Wilde, Aquaplus

Account Manager

What are the drivers behind opting for recycling (permits, availability of alternative water sources, etc.)? This presentation will look at water treatment plant and water recycling system technology, but also at the lessons learned since operations began in 2017.

10:45 – 10:55

Removing pesticides from water for food companies

Bart Demeulenaere, Desotec

Project engineer

How can activated carbon remove persistent pesticides from groundwater and make the water available for reuse?

10:55 – 11:05

Problem of chlorate formation resolved when disinfecting recycled water?

Els Berckmoes, Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt


Chlorate formation is a common problem when disinfecting recycled water. Researchers from the RECUPA project investigated and came up with a solution that makes it easier to reuse water within the food industry and other sectors.

Follow-up session VMX: legislation

11:05 – 11:35

Circular solution to dealing with wastewater: legal possibilities for recycling wastewater and sewage sludge.

Rilke Raes, Ovadis

Water Expert

In this session we provide a brief overview of the legal options for reusing (waste) water and the sludge formed during waste water treatment. The (known) current applications and possible future opportunities and policy developments are all discussed, along with potential legal obstacles standing in the way of these opportunities.

11:35 – 12:05

In Sri Lanka, Royal Eijkelkamp is running a pilot project that involves boring 150 monitoring wells fitted with sensors. The aim is to collect data on the quantity and quality of groundwater.

Cor Verbruggen, Eijkelkamp


During this discussion you will learn more about: Hydrogeological and geophysical prospecting and the development of a national groundwater measurement network; Investigation of possible links between groundwater use from different types of aquifers, food production, agriculture, arsenic levels and increasing kidney disease in Sri Lanka; Deployment of telemetry for data acquisition. (TNAV) is a Flemish federation of water technology companies. Our organisation creates a platform where Flanders ‘academia‘ and ‘industry‘ meet to broaden their viewpoint on the local and global water industry.

Flanders' FOOD is the innovation platform for the Flemish food industry. As a platform, it brings together the industry, the research institutes and the governmental agencies.

The mission of Flanders' FOOD is "to strengthen the competitiveness of the food sector through stimulation of scientific and technological innovation.

VMx vzw is the professional association for all environmental professionals (environmental coordinators, environmental experts, EIA experts, ...). The core tasks of this member association with nearly 900 members are: advocacy, information provision, continuous training and networking.


  • Free for members, VMx, Flanders’ FOOD, Fevia and students
  • 30 euros for non-members (excluding VAT)
  • Certificate of Continuing Education available (02.00 hrs.)
  • Registration required

Register from July 2021