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June 22, 2022 Webinar 7: Understanding Public Acceptance of Water Re-use

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash. Date: 22 June 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 (CEST) Online The ongoing increase of water demand urges utilities to consider different sources of water and the re-use of water. Although the concept of recycling water is not new, and re-use is technically possible, utilities can still be hesitant of water re-use projects because of fear of public opposition. Transition to a circular economy including water re-use requires not only new management strategies and advanced treatment technologies, but needs to also consider sociological challenges, in which public acceptance is a key issue for the success of re-use projects. In this webinar, Heather Smith (Cranfield University, England) and Peter Asteberg (Norconsult/Mörbylånga Municipality, Sweden) will present their experiences around the understanding of public acceptance of water re-use. The webinar, organised by KWR’s Joint Research Programme of the Dutch and Flemish drinking water sector and Watershare, will take place on 22 June 2022 from 13:00-14:00 (NL local time). The webinar on public acceptance is the eighth in the ‘Sharing International Experiences on Water Supply’ webinar series. Click here to register.  
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May 17, 2022 Webinar 6: Dealing with Water Quality Challenges for Water Supply

Date: 17 May 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 (CEST) Online Drinking water sources can contain a wide range of chemical contaminants. The contaminants vary by location, water type and over time. Targeted research into diverse contaminants provides insight into the occurrence of these contaminants, which can then be tested against standards or (provisional) guideline values. In addition, more integrated screening approaches help shed light on the diversity of substances in the constantly changing state of the (drinking) water cycle. To address the many challenges for the supply of drinking water in terms of chemical water quality, it is necessary to develop and apply analytical methods and techniques and to gain insight into chemical threats and their associated health risks. In this webinar, Eau de Paris (France) and Water Research Centre (England) will present how they deal with water quality challenges, with a particular focus on chemical contaminants. The webinar, organised by KWR’s Joint Research Programme of the Dutch and Flemish drinking water sector and Watershare, will take place on 17 May 2022 from 13:00-14:00 (NL local time). The webinar on dealing with water quality challenges for water supply is the seventh in the ‘Sharing International Experiences on Water Supply’ webinar series. Click ...
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April 11, 2022 Webinar on Digital Water

Date: 11 April 2022 Time: 08:00-09:30 (CEST) Online The Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) recently joined the Watershare Community. A keen area of interest for their network of Australian water utilities is the evolution of the digital utility. Work in this area has been progressing at different rates across the country over the past 10 years, with water utilities at differing levels of maturity. Whilst there are some integrated state-based approaches such as the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy, and work done by WSAA on asset nomenclature and digital strategy, there is no fully knit body of knowledge regarding water utility digitalisation. Discussions with Watershare indicate that a significant amount of work has been done in Europe regarding the development of guidelines and technical research to support water utilities’ digital transition. The level of maturity that the digitalisation process has reached throughout the water lifecycle can vary from case to case, from simply incorporating sensors into operational procedures to capture relevant data, visualise trends and raise alerts about anomalous trends or events, to sophisticated, data-science-based approaches and Internet of Things platforms, to data exchange standardisation and analysis that leverage state of the art artificial intelligence techniques to produce predictions/simulations and ...
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March 25, 2022 Webinar: Strengthening Water Infrastructure Management for Improved Service Delivery Celebrating the SA National Water Week

Date: 25 March 2022 Time: 10:00-11:40 (CET) As part of the National Water Week Celebration in South Africa, SALGA and WRC have partnered with Watershare to provide a platform to exchange knowledge on the interventions required for resolving and enhancing institutional and management of water services delivery with a special focus on municipalities in South Africa. The webinar, which will take place on 25 March 2022 from 10:00-11:40 (CET), will share and discuss measures to improve water and sanitation infrastructure management (Technical and Technological) for resilience of the sector and to achieve the economic development objectives of the South African Government. Registration for the webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bYGTW_WpSoGG3qoKn59u-Q  
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March 16, 2022 Webinar (in Spanish): Low Energy Technologies for Safe Water Supply

Date: 16 March 2022 Time: 11:00-12:30 (ART) / 15:00-16:30 (CET) Language: Spanish The cost of electricity is a major component of the total operational costs of water supply systems in Argentina. This is particularity the case for treatment systems currently used in Argentina and the distribution of drinking water from the three large surface water treatment plants operated by AySA. In this webinar, Enrique Cresto (Administrador, ENOHSA) will present on the situation in Argentina. AySA and RHDHV will share approaches to improving energy and reducing operational costs from arsenic removal enabled through LEAF, a two-year project focused on Low Energy Arsenic Free (LEAF) water supply. LEAF is funded by the Partners for Water programme of the Dutch government. The project pilots innovative drinking water supply technologies in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, and upscales the technologies for further implementation in Argentina. Kindly note that the webinar will be held in Spanish. Register for the webinar here: https://aysa.webex.com/aysa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5fe74f1eb2162907e8bd77ca1194122e
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March 3, 2022 Webinar (in Spanish): New Technologies for Improved Water Supply

Date: 3 March 2022 Time: 11:00-12:30 (ART) / 15:00-16:30 (CET) Language: Spanish The National Water Plan of Argentina refers to the supply of good quality drinking water as one of the main objectives requiring the development of a cost-effective arsenic-removal system for drinking water supply. In this webinar, policy developments around arsenic removal will be discussed with Arq. Carlos Rodriguez (Secretario de Infraestructura y Política Hídrica de la República Argentina). AySA and KWR will share approaches to addressing arsenic contamination enabled through LEAF, a two-year project focused on Low Energy Arsenic Free (LEAF) water supply. Pilots are constructed at BHY, Santa Fe, Argentina based on a KWR design and were put in operation in December 2021.  AySA already removes arsenic from groundwater and will share their success/challenge with arsenic removal technologies like RO and adsorption. LEAF is funded by the Partners for Water programme of the Dutch government. The project pilots innovative drinking water supply technologies in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires, and upscales the technologies for further implementation in Argentina. Kindly note that the webinar will be held in Spanish. Register for the webinar here: https://aysa.webex.com/aysa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9bb8125219893c56289c31387caa4278
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March 21, 2022 Webinar: Water Reuse to enhance water security and sustainability

Date: 21 March 2022 Time: 15:00 (IST)/10:30 (CET) India is all set to become the most populous country in the world by 2030. Access to drinking water is becoming more costly due to environmental pollution and increased water demands, human consumption of potable water conflicts with other major water consumers, such as agricultural and industrial uses. Rapid population growth, intensive agricultural activities, the need for sustainable water sources to meet the environmental restrictions on construction of storage reservoirs for potable water and the long distances between cities and water sources are other factors promoting more reclaimed water use. The reuse of treated municipal wastewater in India has been identified as the most responsible solution to manage water scarcity issues while building a sustainable society. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Watershare, supported by IVL India Environmental R&D Pvt. Ltd., are organising the webinar “Water Reuse to enhance water security and sustainability” on 21 March 2022, from 1500 (IST)/10:30 (CET). The webinar will bring together government official, policy makers, ministries, municipalities, researchers and scientists, research institutes and universities, companies, and start-ups to share their perspectives, knowledge, and solutions for effective and efficient water reuse. ...
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April 7, 2022 Webinar 5: Technologies for Smart Circular Water Management

Date: 7 April 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 (CET) Online More people, which means more food, more energy is required, but little water is available to meet these growing needs. This changing environment is prompting us to rethink and redesign traditional linear supply chains for production, consumption and disposal. Business models and technologies need to inspire a transition to circular principles for water management. Prof. Francesco Fatone and Prof. Christos Makropoulos will present innovative technological and business solutions for water in the circular economy as part of demonstration cases for two EU projects, ULTIMATE and NEXTGEN. In such a way, the webinar hopes to contribute to the transition of utilities to a circular water economy from the recovery of resources to related business models to collaboration with other sector water users. Introduction (Joep van den Broeke, KWR) Case of Aretusa in ULTIMATE (Prof. Francesco Fatone, Università Politecnica delle Marche) Case of Athens in NEXTGEN (Prof. Christos Makropoulos, National Technical University of Athens) Questions and general discussion The webinar, organised by KWR’s Joint Research Programme of the Dutch and Flemish drinking water sector and Watershare, will take place on 7 April 2022 from 13:00-14:00 (NL local time). The webinar on technologies for smart ...
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March 3, 2022 Serious Gaming: Enabling Stakeholder Dialogue and Decision Making (Webinar 4b)

Date: 3 March 2022 Time: 13:00-14:30 (CET) Online Serious gaming is increasingly used as a tool to facilitate interaction, communication and learning across sectors. The game environment takes participants out of their everyday context and into a space where they can freely explore the effect of decisions, without impacting tangible world assets. Ultimately, a critical reflection on the game experience helps participants to bring learning from the game into practice. As water scarcity becomes an increasing problem around the world, we must find novel ways to understand problems, work together and share this valuable resource. In the water sector, serious gaming can raise stakeholder awareness and learning about water supply and demand in a specific region. It can also enable water utilities to understand their internal interactions and operations better. Additionally, it can support water utilities to better interact with their customers and stakeholders, so as to build understanding and consensus on water uses and allocation. In this webinar we present four serious games that can support the water sector on (1) water supply and demand problems; (2) water assets management; (3) water-energy-food-climate nexus interlinkages; and (4) circular economy strategies and solutions. Opening and introduction (Henk-Jan van Alphen, KWR) Serious ...
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Feb 17, 2022: The Nexus: Building Synergies Across Sectors (Webinar 4a)

Date: 17 February 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 (CET) Over the past few years, traditionally water-rich countries, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, have started experiencing freshwater scarcity as a result of prolonged drought. This has urged water users such as water utilities to reflect on their water supply strategy. As part of this reflection, a dialogue among all relevant stakeholders across different sectors (e.g., urban water and agriculture) on water availability and allocation is important to understand sector-specific problems and needs, and consequently to identify opportunities for coordinated water management among them. The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) nexus approach investigates the bio-physical, socio-economic and policy interlinkages across nexus sectors and identifies potential synergies and trade-offs for combined coordinated actions. Thinking about water in nexus terms, could help water utilities and other water organizations to better understand interlinkages, problems and needs, and therefore better prepare to negotiate solutions with other sectors’ stakeholders. By using examples from international projects, this webinar will help the audience improve the understanding of how nexus thinking can help the water sector engage with stakeholders across the nexus sectors to build synergies and manage trade-offs related to water use. The webinar will be chaired by Stefania Munaretto (KWR). Below is ...
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Feb 4, 2022: Workshop: FIWARE platform in the water sector

4 February 2022 9:00-10:30 CET Following a workshop on the digital water solutions to support European water policies held during the 19th conference of EU-INBO, Fiware4Water is taking the opportunity to carry on the exchange in a series of online workshops. The second in the series will be on FIWARE platforms in the digital sector scheduled on 4 February 2022 from 9:00 to 10:30. Register here for the online workshop. The workshop series consists of the following 4 sessions: Socio-political and citizen engagement on Digital Water 7 January 2022, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET FIWARE platforms in the water sector 4 February 2022, from 09:00 to 10:30 CET How AI, LL, Water Data modelling could support smart management of water? 4 March 2022, from 14:00 to 15:30 CET Contribution of F4W to European policies 1 April 2022, from 09:00h to 10:30 CET Fiware4Water is a smart solution platform, funded by the EC (2011-16) as a major flagship PPP, to support SMEs and developers in creating the next generation of internet services, as the main ecosystem for Smart City initiatives for cross-domain data exchange/cooperation and for the NGI initiative.  🎯Registration on https://bit.ly/3Bkbmoc
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Dec 16, 2021: webinar 2 ‘Digitalisation in the water sector’

Date: 16 December 2021 Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (CET) Digitalisation is reshaping the water sector, enabling day to day operations in water supply to seamlessly connect across the supply chain from collection to distribution. Sustaining and growing this digital transformation will be a challenging process, but one which will enable better and improved water supply services. Join Jesper Kjelds (Chief Digital Information Officer at Aarhus Vand) and Stéphane Deveughele (Business Manager and Big Projects Manager at SUEZ) who will share the experiences on enabling a digital transformation in their respective water utilities. The webinar, organised by KWR’s Joint Research Programme of the Dutch and Flemish drinking water sector and Watershare, will take place on 16 December 2021 from 14:00-15:00 (NL local time). The webinar on Digitalisation in the water sector is the second in a series of eight webinars on ‘Sharing International Experiences on Water Supply’. Review the recording here. 
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Webinar series: Sharing International Experiences on Water Supply

Ongoing climate change, growing global populations and the intensification of economic activities is increasing the demand for global water supply. Innovative and appropriate solutions are needed to manage the pressure on water resources. To stimulate innovation and deliver new technologies and integrated solutions, collaborative and interdisciplinary water management process, strategies and policies across the water value chain are required. In fact, addressing pressures on water resources is a shared responsibility. Much can be learned from one another, emphasising the value of sharing knowledge, expertise and experiences on applied research, novel business models and knowhow. This may contribute to make water management and supply more sustainable, productive and/or efficient for the future. Join international experts in the webinar series ‘Sharing International Experiences on Water Supply’ to share and discuss new perspectives and insights on water supply. Webinar 1: Water reuse and alternative sources 18 November 2021, 13:00 - 14:00h Increasing water demand is placing pressure on water resources and leading to greater water scarcity. The growing demand for water supply from water users across sectors will compel those dealing with water supply to look to alternative sources of water as well as improved water reuse techniques to guarantee water availability and supply ...
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Nexus Cluster Workshop: Advancing the Nexus for Science and Policy

Nexus Project Cluster will organise a Science-Policy workshop on Tuesday, November 23 from 09:00-17:30 CET. The workshop will all be virtual with the objective of updating participants about recent initiatives of the Cluster, including H2020 and PRIMA projects on the nexus that started recently. The workshop will also interact with different DGs in the European Commission, and relevant policy domains including the Green Deal, European Climate Action, Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy. The workshop will also be more forward looking to identify emerging topics for research and policy. The workshop programme can be viewed here, and to participate in the workshop register here. The Workshop is organised by the Steering Committee of the Nexus Project Cluster, and represented by Wageningen Research (NL), Athens University of Economics and Business (EL), Avellan Cecilia (DE), Cranfield University (UK), European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER) (DE), KWR Water (NL), Technical University of Munich (DE), University of Thessaly (EL) and United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) (DE)
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Panel Seven: Scientific and Technological Solution @ CASSANDRA 2021 Conference

Date: 16 November 2021 Time: 14:00-16:30 CET From 15-17 November 2021, Watershare partner Eurecat will be organising the CASSANDRA 2021 Conference tailored through a series of panels to addressing the impact of climate change on health, migration, conflict and gender and putting the world of science and technology withing the context of pressing social and political realities of this century. Panel seven, cassandraconference.org/technological-solution, will demonstrate the latest technological and scientific advances which can provide solutions and progress regarding the pathway of climate change and health, migration, conflict and gender inequality, both separately and as a whole, contributing to proactive planning and policy co-creation that will be essential to mitigate the potential impacts on health resulting from climate change, leading potentially to migration, conflict and the exasperation of the secondary status of women throughout the Mediterranean region. The scientific and technological answers exist. Now Science must assume its role as an independent non-political leader in the resolution of social crises. Solutions concerning water, air quality, food production, transport, residues, energy, soil, mountains and deltas will be presented. Programme and speakers Presentation by Xavier Martíne (Environmental Scientist, Eurecat) Part 1 Pernille Weiss (Member, European Parliament) Carles Ibañez Martí (Scientific Director, Climate Resilience ...
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AquaCircular Conference on October 7-8th

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26 august 2021, 14.00 to 17.30: WEBINAR – Poop tell no lies, Progress and developments of WBE surveillance in South Africa

In order to contain this fast-spreading pandemic rapid action is critical, and preparedness measures must outpace the rate of transmission. Due to resource limitations, developing countries may not be able to afford mass-screening programmes to identify new infections. Surveillance of wastewater offers an opportunity for near–real-time outbreak data and has potential utility as an early warning for resurgence of the outbreak. To date, the wastewater-based epidemiology approach has been successfully piloted in developed countries where there is wide coverage of waterborne sanitation, such as the Netherlands, France, United States of America, etc. The concept of screening municipal wastewater and environmental water quality as an epidemiological tool for viruses is not a new concept, and has been used to help inform broader infectious disease epidemiological surveillance and mitigation efforts such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Environmental surveillance has also been used and recommended for other infections, such as typhoid, early warning of hepatitis A and norovirus outbreaks, as well as for antimicrobial resistance, with modelling techniques used to assist both the design and interpretation of those efforts. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is also commonly used in the surveillance of licit and illicit drugs and various chemical contaminants which may impact human ...
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9-27th of August: AySA Hosts 2nd Hackathon for Latin American Water Solutions

Watershare Member, AySA, and Latin American Regional Hub Leader, is hosting their 2nd Hackathon this year from the 9-27th of August. Read more here! (Only in Spanish).  
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AQUA≈360: Water for All Emerging Issues & Innovations I 31st August 2021 – 2nd September

The University of Exeter is proud to announce its digital international Conference, called aqua360, on 31st August 2021 – 2nd September. This virtual event aims to fosters cross-fertilisation of ideas to secure safe and sufficient water and sanitation for all. The goal is to support sustainable, resilient, energy-efficient and smart water management to address climate change, rapid urbanisation and water pollution. More information: http://www.aqua360.net Flyer 1 and Flyer 2 with more information about this conference.  
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Workshop: Securing water and energy for food security: in support of Aspiration 1 of the African Union’s Agenda 2063

WATER RESEARCH COMMISSION AND WATERNET AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2021 Date: 27 May 2021 Time: 11:00 to 12:55 (CAT) Webinar Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aHHs2pRmRJKM90MdFr_M_g Agenda 2063, the continent's blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into a global powerhouse of the future, also addresses issues related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a pathway towards sustainable development. Agenda 2063 encapsulates Africa's Aspirations for the future and identifies critical Flagship Programmes that can boost Africa's economic growth and development and lead to the rapid transformation of the continent. Thus, the webinar will reflect on African research, development, and innovation activities to improve access to clean water and sanitation, zero hunger, and access to affordable and clean energy. The three goals address Aspiration 1 of Agenda 2063, "Prosperous Africa, based on Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development", and the Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7. The three form the water-energy-food WEF) nexus.
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Watershare 3rd Strategic Meeting on Sewage Surveillance on May 25th

Watershare members and guest speakers will convene for a 3rd Strategic Meeting on Sewage Surveillance for COVID19 on May 25th. Our members and partner experts will share updates from across the globe, and discussing the latest on variants monitoring and translating data for public health authorities. Our member and invited guest speakers include: Dr. Laurent Moulin, Head of Research Department, Eau de Paris, France Prof. Gertjan Medema, Principal Microbiologist, KWR, The Netherlands Prof. Tamar Kohn, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) Dr. Katharina Jahn, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) Leo Heijnen, Scientific Researcher, KWR, The Netherlands Prof. Peter Vanrolleghem, modelEAU – Université Laval, Québec, Canada Assoc. Prof. Bilge Alpaslan Kocamemi, Marmara University, Environmental Engineering Department, Turkish Water Institute (SUEN), Istanbul, Turkey Stay tuned for a summary of the outcomes and get in touch if you are interested to learn more or collaborate!
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KWR will be hosting a webinar on May 20th

On the topic of AquaConnect (Dutch only) on reuse of wastewater and brackish groundwater during periods of drought in the Netherlands, but find more information here in English: https://www.wur.nl/en/news-wur/Show/Wageningen-research-on-reuse-of-wastewater-awarded-six-million-euros.htm
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Operators Without Borders Training — May 6 from 13:00 to 17:00 (GMT – 3)

It is a pleasure to invite all  ALOAS/Watershare/COFES/AIDIS members to the "PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM IN INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEMS (ICS) FOR WATER AND SANITATION ORGANIZATIONS", which will take place virtually on Thursday May 6 from 1 to 5 pm (Argentina local time). Organized by AySA and dictated by the prestigious Canadian organization Operators Without Borders in conjunction with ALOAS, Watershare, SGBATOS and the Embassy of Canada. OWB helps public water and sanitation services in developing countries to recover from natural disasters and other kind of conflicts by training and mentoring water and wastewater operators. The objective of this activity is to train and form a team of 60 professionals and technicians from the water sector in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide assistance to drinking water and treatment plants in emergency and catastrophic situations and prepare the teams for eventual contingencies. The deadline for registration is Friday, April 30. Places are limited (60 participants) Registration: relaciones_internacionales@aysa.com.ar, indicating organization of membership. Language: English with texts in Spanish
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14th April – Watershare webinar: NextGen Circular Water Solutions from Across the Globe

Time: 9.00-10.30 In the transition towards the circular economy, the water sector worldwide is taking initiatives to close the water cycle further, reuse water, and recover energy and nutrients from wastewater. Within the EU H2020-project NextGen, several Watershare partners demonstrate circular water solutions within Europe and China, India, and South Korea. In this webinar, Watershare partners present their NextGen activities such as IVL-TSWO on sponge irrigation in India, IVL-JIEI on high efficiency and energy-saving wastewater treatment in China, KIST on advanced materials for water purification in South Korea, and NTUA on sewer mining in Greece. An excellent opportunity to learn from each other. Please register here.
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