The story behind the Elemental Water Foundation

We have noticed that the freshwater scarcity is increasing. Already today, almost 2/3 of the world population is affected by water scarcity. With an increasing, population and their large water footprint and the changing availability of water due to climate change, we believe that water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges for humanity in this century. This is backed by the WEF.


The creation of the Foundation in 2017 has been the result of the voluntary efforts of four individuals who want to make an impact on the availability of clean and affordable water for people who need it the most. Four different people with different stories who share the same goal:  to enable safe and affordable fresh water on a global scale through projects that provide water using desalination, preferably driven by renewable energy, for people that face water scarcity. We sincerely hope that you will join us in achieving this goal.


We envision a society in which everybody has access to clean and affordable drinking water. This can be accomplished by using existing water resources efficiently, by re-using water and by exploring alternative sources of water. The Foundation focusses on the latter: to provide access to fresh water by desalination of salt water from the sea or the ground. This naturally implies a focus on coastal regions and islands where fresh water is scarce.


As can be read in the articles of association, the Foundation does not aim to make any profits. The assets of the Foundation will be used for purposes of realization of the goal of the Foundation. The Foundation holds no more assets as is reasonably considered necessary for the continuity of the provided services for the realization of the objects of the Foundation. The board members shall not derive benefits from the Foundation except for a compensation by means of an attendance fee arrangement to be determined by the board within the permissible fiscal limits. Currently, the Board is entirely voluntary and does not receive any compensation for their efforts and time spent.

Meet the Board of the Foundation

BOARD MEMBER Hendrik-Jan Glerum

Hendrik-Jan Glerum

Hendrik-Jan is a serial entrepreneur and the director of Feedback Company. Transparancy and reliability are…


Reinoud Feenstra

Reinoud is an engineer who is dedicated to providing durable and long-lasting sustainable solutions for…

CHAIRMAN Sid Vollebregt

Sid Vollebregt

Sid is an engineer and entrepreneur who has specialized in improving the access to fresh…

BOARD MEMBER Luuk Rietveld

Luuk Rietveld

Luuk Rietveld is Professor of Drinking Water & Urban Water Cycle Technology at the University…

Change-maker Dylan Jongbloed

Dylan Jongbloed

Dylan is currently interning at EWF as part of the Sustainable Business and Innovation master…

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