Eindhoven is situated in the county of Noord-Brabant, in the south of the Netherlands.
The city has more than 225.000 citizens and is, because of that, the fifth largest city of the Netherlands and the biggest city in its county.
The name of the city is a conjunction of the words 'eind', which means end, and 'hove' meaning courtyard.
As known by now this might refer to the end of a colony.
Eindhoven is known for its innovative nature. The city is the father of the Philips company which brought light to the world.
Philips changed the city into an industrial giant which has brought the city a lot of good things.
Nowadays, the city of Eindhoven is known for its chances and opportunities.
The city is in a constant flow of creativity, work ethic, fun and thinking power.
Nowadays, Eindhoven bursts with energy and likes to be explored and discovered by a lot of people.
The main issues are:
- Water on streets after heavy rainfall due to insufficient urban drainage capacity;
- Combined sewer outlets polluting vulnerable surface waters with higher ecological functions and values;
- Malfunctioning of the remaining surface waters due to closing of former streams or connecting these to combined sewer systems;
- A large waste water treatment plant, serving 750,000 inhabitants, discharging effluent on a small surface water area, with insufficient biological treatment capacity in periods of large (diluted) sewage supply after heavy rainfall; and
- Groundwater entering basements of houses due to building in former wetlands, combined with reductions in groundwater extractions.
A long term program has been developed to tackle these problems. The measures envisaged include:
- changing the sewer system from combined to separate sewers; and
- the (re-) opening of various watercourses throughout the city.