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Summer school: The complexity of water-reuse

Admission & participation info

Typically, our wastewater streams are treated and discharged in nature. However, both droughts and increasing concerns on (micro)pollutants will dictate that different water treatment and re-use strategies need to be employed. From a technically point of view, treating and upgrading waste-water streams for re-use is already well within our capabilities. Dense and selective membranes are well designed to effectively retain even the smallest pollutants, giving the quality needed for re-use. Yet some important issues remain:

  • Techno-Economically

    What are the overall treatment costs and how does this compete with using potable or groundwater as a source?

  • Environmentally

    How do properly deal with the concentrate that will contain pollutants and inert components?

  • Footprint

    Can we objectively argue that the treatment and re-use is and overall gain in terms of CO2-, water-, and greywater footprint?

  • Geographically

    Often, the treatment techniques are performed at centralized wastewater treatments plants, while the treated water is needed locally. How can we solve or overcome this issue?

  • Governance

    Who owns the treated water: Government, end-users, or maybe a commercial entity responsible for the treatment? Who bares the operational and capital responsibilities?

Challenge-based learning

This course is offered within the context of challenge-based learning. Participants will be divided in teams to tackle real-life challenge together with experts from their fields. They will be asked to design a complete wastewater treatment and re-use scheme for a decentralized industrial area. This industrial area consists of several industrial companies that currently use ground and potable water as their water source. Many users already treat their incoming water to their specific needs (e.g., hardness removal). After use, water with different pollutants is discharge to the sewage system, accompanied by a discharge cost for the companies. In your design take a multidisciplinary approach, tackling all technical, economic, environmental aspect as well as the overall governance.  

Course programme

During the online week, various synchronous and asynchronous online activities will be organised to equip the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle the challenge. The offline, on-campus, week will be dedicated to team work. More information will come soon.

Course details

  • Date: 2 - 15 August, 2021
  • Format: Blended, first week online (2 - 8 August) and second week on-campus (9 - 15 August)
  • Methods: challenge-based learning, team work, real-life challenges
  • Language requirements: Good command of English
  • Special requirements: a motivation letter will be requested after application
  • Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school

Course leader

prof.dr.ir. N.E. Benes (Nieck)
Vice Dean of the faculty of Science and Technology (portfolio education)

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