PhD Defence of Chol Deng Thon Abel on Soil Aquifer Treatment

  • 17 Jun 2014
  • 15:00 - 18:00
  • Auditorium TU Delft, Mekelweg 5 Delft
Western Europe
Delft, The Netherlands

On 17 June 2014, Chol Abel will defend his PhD thesis on soil aquifer treatment. Prof. Maria Kennedy and Prof. Saroj Sharma will be his promotors.

Book contents

This thesis showed that soil aquifer treatment (SAT) is an effective polishing technology for reuse of primary effluent. The study experimentally revealed relatively high removal of suspended solids, bulk organic matter, nutrients, pharmaceutically active compounds and pathogens indicators under various operating conditions. Furthermore, the tools and water quality prediction model developed based on laboratory, pilot and field data could be used for proper design, execution and operation of new SAT schemes. The model could be used to estimate the expected removal of contaminants and assess the need for post-treatment of reclaimed water.

About the author

Chol Deng Thon Abel was born in Malakal, South Sudan in 1976. He graduated from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Civil Engineering. From September 2002 to September 2005, Chol worked as Civil Engineer at Irrigation Works Corporation after which he joined Lahmeyer International – consulting Engineers (Germany) as Soil Laboratory Engineer during the construction of Merowe dam (1250 MW) from October 2005 to March 2007. In April 2007 to February 2010, Chol assumed the position of Assistant Coordinator for Southern Sudan hydropower projects as part of Dams Implementation Unit (DIU) of the presidency of Sudan.

In October 2007, Chol was awarded a scholarship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme to study at UNESCO-IHE where he obtained a Master of Science in Municipal Water and Infrastructure. In March 2010, he started his Ph.D. study entitled: “Soil Aquifer Treatment: Assessment and Applicability of Primary Effluent Reuse in Developing Countries” at UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology under the financial support of UNESCO-IHE Partnership Research Fund (UPaRF) through NATSYS project.


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