On Wednesday December 5th, the first generation of Argentinean engineers received an IHE Delft certificate for successfully completing a tailor made training (TMT) course in Advanced Urban Sanitation.
The TMT programme consisted of nine short courses with a contact time per course of approximately 40 hours, totaling more than 360 hours of contact time. The short course topics included: characterization of wastewater; biological treatment of wastewater and wastewater treatment plant design; urban drainage and collector systems; advanced wastewater treatment systems; experimental methods for wastewater treatment; faecal and decentralized wastewater treatment; arsenic removal from groundwater for drinking water and optimization of performance of wastewater treatment plants, including the Dutch approach for the management of waste and wastewater conducted by the water boards.
The Argentinean participants were mostly affiliated with the Buenos Aires water and wastewater company (AySA – largest water company in Argentina and one of the largest in Latin America providing water and sanitation services to approximately 15 million people). Moreover, participants from the Argentinean water planning and regulatory agencies also took part on the programme.
The TMT programme is part of a very successful collaboration between IHE Delft and the government of Argentina initiated in May 2017 between IHE Delft and FUTRASAFODE (future Argentinean Water University) and continued in May 2018 by signing the agreement for delivering two cohorts of the advanced urban sanitation programme.
The closing ceremony was hosted by the president of AySA (Ing. Jose Luis Inglese) at the Water Palace facilities in Buenos Aires, the member of the board representing FUTRASAFODE (Mr. Jose Luis Lingeri), and the director of FUTRASAFODE (Mr. Luis Liberman). The Rector of IHE Delft (Prof. Eddy Moors) delivered a speech at the closing ceremony and awarded the certificates to the participants. After the ceremony, a reception was provided by AySA, which was attended by most of the relevant Argentinean authorities for the water sector, as well as representatives from the Dutch embassy in Argentina.