The Dutch Surge Support facility for water (DSS water) organizes a meeting on the 24th of May for water experts of DSS water and interested experts in deployment for water related emergency missions. During the meeting we will give general information on DSS water, an update on the activities and two water experts will share their experiences on emergency missions. See for more information the programme overview below.

Programme overview

  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Introduction DSS water by Sandra Cats
  • 13:45 Harry Rolf on the DSS missions to Kenya
    Harry Rolf studied Civil Engineering, Hydrology and Water Management at Delft Technical University. After being employed as geohydrologist at several institutions in the Netherlands he nowadays is a freelancer who works on short term basis as expert-advisor on groundwater supply. Harry is an active member of Aqua for All and SamSamWater Foundation.Harry has recently been deployed three times in for the UNHCR in Kenia supporting UNHCR in finding groundwater for the refugee camp Kakuma in the northwest of Kenia. This refugee camp comrises four parts and serves nearly 179.000 refugees from South-Sudan, Somalia and other neighboring countries. Harry advised on the location of the drilling holes, supervised the drilling proces, advised on proper pumping tests and trained local staff. Harry will give a presentation on his experiences during these DSS missions for the UNHCR.
  • 14:30 Tammo van Gastel about his work in Syria (Aleppo)
    Tammo van Gastel studied land and water management in Velp and recently came back from Aleppo where he has been working since mid 2014 as Water and Habitat Engineer, for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), based in Aleppo Syria.Tammo worked on projects involving the supply and the delivery of water and the improvement of living conditions for the civilian population, including pumping stations, pipelines, high elevated water tanks, borehole constructions, construction of refugee camps, rehabilitation of refugee camps, and sanitation projects. He will give a presentation on his work experience in Aleppo.
  • 15:30 Wrap Up and closing

The meeting will be held from 13:00-16:00 hours at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please register before 20 May by sending an email to