Environmental Engineering & Water Technology

The Environmental Engineering and Water Technology (EEWT) Department contributes to the provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and resource recovery, focusing on developing countries and countries in transition.

The Environmental Engineering and Water Technology (EEWT) Department contributes to the provision of safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and resource recovery, focusing on developing countries and countries in transition.

The department conducts applied research, provides post-graduate education and professional training, and supports capacity development of knowledge institutions. The department consists of three chair groups, namely Water Supply Engineering, Sanitary Engineering, and Pollution Prevention and Resource Recovery, each headed by a professor. The department further comprises an educational and research laboratory and its staff. With its international and multi-disciplinary team, the EEWT Department educates a new generation of ‘all-round’ water supply, sanitary and environmental engineers and scientists, it carries out cutting-edge, applied and highly relevant research in a developing context, and provides integrated, innovative and tailor-made advice and practical solutions to end-users world-wide.

The EEWT Department maintains a leading role in delivering high quality postgraduate education (both via regular master programmes, online and short courses), contributing to capacity building through various projects, and delivering a number of tailor-made trainings to professionals world-wide. The departmental staff delivers five specializations of two Masters Programmes and has a prominent role in developing innovative didactic approaches, e.g. student-centered learning and problem-driven education. Furthermore, it is recognized for its cutting-edge contribution to the development and delivery of online courses and is currently pioneering the development and implementation of novel educational products, such as a Postgraduate Professional Diploma and a fully online Masters specialization in Sanitation and Sanitary Engineering.

The department has an excellent track record in acquiring large research and capacity building projects. Given the general mission of the Institute, the EEWT department has a special obligation to develop and adapt technological solutions relevant to developing countries and countries in transition. Research activities embody experimental work at laboratory, pilot, and field scales as well as mathematical modelling work for process optimization and to develop decision support systems in both municipal and industrial applications. The department often carries out projects jointly with partners and is particularly keen on developing collaborative partnerships with academia and institutions from developing countries. It has a strong research relationship with the Dutch academia and industry, as well as numerous leading research groups worldwide.

Chair Groups

Water Supply Engineering

Generation and transfer of knowledge related to both appropriate low-cost technologies and advanced drinking water and industrial water treatment and distribution.

Pollution Prevention & Resource Recovery

Focuses on the development of rational approaches to sustainable waste management via cleaner production, appropriate waste treatment and resource recovery in both the water supply and sanitation, and the industrial sectors.

Sanitary Engineering

Contributes to knowledge development and capacity building in the urban sanitation field; areas of interest include urban drainage, waste water collection, treatment and reclamation/reuse, and residuals management.