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The Amsterdam Water Supply

Cornelis van der Veen
Journal (American Water Works Association)
Vol. 77, No. 6, Water: An International Perspective (JUNE 1985), pp. 32-45
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41273220
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

The drinking water supply and treatment system in Amsterdam, dating from the mid-1850s, takes advantage of the new and the old. Supplies are drawn from natural catchment areas in sand dunes, from the Rhine River, and from surface lakes as well as from groundwater. The dune-water source is recharged with pretreated surface water before it is treated to potable quality for distribution. Industrial water, which is not of drinking water quality, is delivered separately to steel mills, paper mills, and an oil refinery. The pollution of the Rhine River concerns water suppliers in cities, such as Amsterdam, that are located across international boundaries from the sources of pollution. The author gives an overview of the sources of water supply, the treatment processes, and the distribution system that serve the capital city of the Netherlands. Los abastecimientos y el sistema de tratamiento de agua potable de Amsterdam, el cual data de a mediados de la década de 1850, se aprovecha de lo moderno y de lo antiguo. Los abastos se toman de areas naturales de detencion en médanos de arena, del rio Rin, de lagos de superficie, y de aguas subterráneas. La fuente de agua de los médanos es recargada con aguas de superficie pretratada antes de ser tratada para ser distribuida como agua de calidad potable. El agua industrial, la cual no es de calidad potable, es distribuida aparte a las fábricas de acero y de papel y a ref inerias de petroleo. La contaminacion del Rin preocupa a los suplidores de agua en ciudades como Amsterdam que están ubicadas del otro lado de fronteras internacionales de las fuentas de contaminacion. El autor da una vision general de las f uentes de abastecimiento de agua, del proceso de tratamiento y del sistema de distribution que sirven a la ciudad capital de los Paises Bajos.

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