It is safe to drink water from the tap in the Netherlands. We are among the few countries in the world those are not using disinfectant (chlorination) as a secondary treatment step before distribution of water within pipe networks. The extensive treatment methods are used to treat the water. These treatment methods vary per treatment facility and includes use of sand filtration or adsorption or membrane technologies like reverse osmosis to treat the surface raw water for drinking purpose. On the other hand, the continuous monitoring and frequent maintenance of the drinking water distribution networks are performed. In these non-chlorinated systems achieving the biological stability is highly important to provide safe water at customers tap. For this purpose it is essential to know what the microbial and chemical properties are of the drinking water. Which microbes are present? How much and which nutrients are there? What are the factors influencing the drinking water quality?
These are all the questions drinking water utilities are dealing with, on daily basis, to maintain the safe supply of drinking water at customers tap. This requires latest knowledge of new drinking water treatment methods, to deal with new substances, pollutants of concern in raw and surface water. The information about the use of the latest developments and innovative techniques for monitoring the distribution networks. Hence, the goal of our drinking water theme is to address these questions through our courses. Where experts in the field can bring to you the latest knowledge based on the research and innovation in the particular subject of concern. That will help you to solve your drinking water treatment, distribution and management related questions. Such as, knowledge of recent developments in methods like membrane technologies and adsorption. Maintaining the biological stability of drinking water during distribution and understanding the microbiology of these systems by using the current techniques such as DNA-sequencing and application of bioinformatics for measuring the drinking water quality.
In addition to using the latest monitoring tools and upgrading the drinking water distribution infrastructure, there is a need for digital innovation in the water sector. Digitization spans from automated detection of leaks in the pipe lines to use of instruments for automated distribution, flow and control of water supply. This requires understanding of the use of digital applications, choosing and installing the accurate sensors, to acquire the appropriate data set for timely and early warnings and solutions of the emerging problems in water utilities. For this purpose we are starting with two new courses, those will be covering the topics of use of Sensors and data tools and moving towards Smart water infrastructure by digitization of water utilities.
This theme is part of our course offering in Water management and water purification.