Access to state-of-the-art facilities

It is essential for startups and innovative SMEs to have access to facilities where they can test their ideas, scale up and bring their technology to market. In addition, for receiving customers and partners, it is important that they can do this in a professional environment. It is very nice if this can take place in an environment where there can be symbiosis between different organizations.

We are happy to help! Interested?
Please contact Ronald Wielinga our manager entrepreneurship via +31 6 121 38 876 or or read more below.

At WaterCampus we have a broad range of facilities available to make your live a lot easier. The facilities include:

  • Office space
  • Lab and test facilities
  • Demosites
  • Facilities of our partners

Please see more details about our facilities below.

Office space

The past years WaterCampus Business Centre ‘Johannes de Doper’, has become the hotspot for water technology companies. This former Catholic church has been transformed into modern communal business premises. There are various office spaces available (from 30 m2 to 100 m2). The complex offers excellent conference facilities and many other services. There are also flex desks for rent (14 m2). A flex desk includes a desk, a comfortable office chair, a telephone and an internet connection. Water Alliance is based in the Business Centre.

In 2015 WaterCampus Leeuwarden expanded with a new building measuring 6700 square meter. The facilities include offices, laboratories and conference rooms. The building and its offices and laboratory space received a BREEAM-NL Excellent score. This is a unique score when it comes to sustainable construction and use. As main tenant, Wetsus uses more than 90% of the building. Also the Centre of Expertise for Water Technology is based here.

We are happy to talk with you in order to deliver a tailor-made solution for all your requirements regarding new business premises. Please contact, without obligations, Evelien Walstra ( from the municipality of Leeuwarden.

Water Application Centre: research & test facilities

The Water Application Centre is a unique location where companies and institutes can independently perform their research. If desired, support in applied research can be provided by the Centre of Expertise for Water Technology, with the option of collaborating with students and teachers of middle vocational colleges and universities of applied science.

The WAC is fed with a supply of various types of water for research purposes. The WAC’s facilities include a research hall where test installations can be placed or built within the framework of a comprehensive infrastructure. The WAC is further equipped with chemical, microbiological and molecular laboratories including all the necessary equipment and expertise. The WAC offers a complete analysis package in collaboration with other laboratories in the region. This allows for the testing and measurement of all the components involved in the research process.

We are happy to talk with you in order to deliver a tailor-made solutions. Please contact, without obligations, Koos Oosterhaven ( director of the Water Application Centre.


Do you need to scale up? For pilot plant testing and demonstration projects on cubic metre scale, WaterCampus offers a unique set of demonstration-sites. These sites are located within a radius of 50 km around WaterCampus Leeuwarden. At the moment there are four demosites, each representing a certain type of water or application. At these sites all permits for testing are in place, preventing the usual delays related to that. Consequently, on-demand and plug-and-play tests can be performed, on a cubic metre scale and 24 hours a day.

Municipal waste water treatment technologies – Wetterskip Fryslân

Entrepreneurs who are developing technologies for the sustainable, cost-efficient and/or environmental friendly treatment of water can test and demonstrate their technology at the Wetterskip demosite. This demosite has all facilities to test and demonstrate the technology on a large scale under practical conditions and on a wide range of water types, including waste water, sludge and effluent.

Hospital waste water treatment technologies – Antonius Hospital

Entrepreneurs who are working on technologies to eliminate medicines and medicine residues from waste water can test and demonstrate their technology at the demosite at the Antonius Hospital. The water at the demosite is supplied by the hospital.

Desalination technologies – Wetsalt

The Wetsalt demosite offers testing facilities for technologies for the sustainable desalination of sea water as well as technologies to generate energy from water. Situated at the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam), the Wetsalt demosite has access to both sea water and fresh water. Additionally, the demosite has access to condensate, brine and canal water from the nearby canals.

Sensor technologies – Sentec

The Sentec demosite offers a great variety of water types and cutting-edge laboratory facilities to entrepreneurs who are developing sensors and data-measuring equipment.

We are happy to talk with you in order to deliver a tailor-made solutions. Please contact, without obligations, Jordi Moreno ( project manager innovation at Centre of Expertise Water Technology. It is also interesting to be aware of the possibilities to join the Water Test Network.