Tewaii focuses on water: one of the world's most valuable resources. Fresh water is becoming increasingly scarce, especially in decentralized regions, such as islands. This is the very reason that Tewaii is currently conducting research in Curacao and the Maldives. Surrounded by the ocean, the islands' groundwater is prone to saline intrusion. Add leaking sanitation systems, tourism, sea level rise and you can imagine how the balance of their natural water cycle is disrupted. Tewaii believes that with the right knowlege we can all contribute to a water resilient future.
"Learning and innovation go hand in hand."
In the Indian Ocean, team Tewaii will join hands with Resilient Island, an initiative that is implementing a hydroponic greenhouse in the Maldives. A Maldivian greenhouse can bring several benefits, among which food security, but such a complex location also brings challenges, water being one of them. In project Valhu, team Tewaii is engaged in both analyzing the water resources as designing the greenhouse's water cycle.
In Curacao, team Tewaii will go on the hunt for groundwater wells. Armed with maps from the 70s and 90s, Tewaii will track down old watering holes and re-analyze their groundwater quality. Data that overlaps several decades can be valuable in discovering the island's long-term pollution trends, especially in combination with rain and run-off. In torrential downpour, you will find Team Tewaii driving around the island collecting rain and run-off plumes.