Friday, May 6, 2022

MetroPolder now part of Wavin

Wavin, part of Orbia, has reached an agreement with MetroPolder for an acquisition. With the acquisition, Wavin adds specific expertise and solutions for smart water management in cities. Dutch startup MetroPolder is a forerunner in the field of smart water storage, leveraging rainwater for cooling, growing, and fostering nature within the city. The acquisition brings Wavin closer to its goal of closing the water cycle in cities and making cities future proof.

Rainwater as a source instead of a problem

Traditionally, especially in urban areas, rainwater has been seen as waste. Consequently, cities are mostly designed to dispose of water as quickly as possible. MetroPolder has developed a technology to capture water on flat roofs and reuse it for cooling, irrigation and recycling. Sensors measure the amount and temperature of the water, and based on this, what happens to the water is determined. "Wavin sees rainwater as a resource, not a problem. That's where we found each other. We want to make cities future-proof, by applying smart water management. Think of reusing rainwater or for cooling cities to combat heat stress. We are pleased and proud to be part of the Wavin family from now on", says Friso Klapwijk, CEO of MetroPolder.

Wavin is originally strong in below ground applications for water management. Think of Stormharvester, a smart underground water collection system that can buffer, reuse and infiltrate rainwater with the help of weather forecasts. With the acquisition of MetroPolder, Wavin is now also focusing on further growth in above ground (building) innovations. The green/blue roof solution of MetroPolder is a proven successful, international, application that puts Wavin as a company in an even better position to achieve our sustainable objectives. We have the common goal of making cities really use water differently. And supplemented with the knowledge and expertise of MetroPolder, we are convinced that we will succeed in getting more and more cities to look at the applications of water differently. Because the opportunities are plentiful.