Prof.dr. J.P. (Jan Peter) van der Hoek


Jan Peter van der Hoek is Professor of Drinking Water Engineering. He also is  head of the Strategic Centre of Waternet, the water cycle company of Amsterdam and surroundings. In this position he is responsible for the innovation strategy and the research agenda of Waternet.

Jan Peter van der Hoek is a member of Standard Commission 1 of EurEau, the European Union of National Associations of Water Suppliers and Waste Water Services. Standard Commission 1 deals with drinking water affairs.

Jan Peter van der Hoek is chair of the Program Committee of the joint research program of the Dutch drinking water companies, and he chairs the Program Council of the TKI Watertechnologie, part of the Dutch Topsector Water.

Research interests

  • Drinking Water
  • Effect of climate change on drinking water supply
  • Decentralized drinking water production


The research focuses on four themes:

1. The behavior of emerging substances in the water cycle in general and in drinking water treatment processes in specific. In Europe, drinking water sources are becoming increasingly contaminated with emerging substances / organic micropollutants. Therefore it is necessary to develop knowledge how these compounds are removed in drinking water treatment processes.

2. The relation between climate change on the one hand and drinking water quality and drinking water engineering on the other. Knowledge is developed to reveal the effects of climate change on drinking water quality and subsequently measures are developed to mitigate negative effects. Also positive effects of more extreme drinking water temperatures due to climate change are part of the research: can this be used for thermal energy recovery, and how does this affect the drinking water quality?

3. Policy, regulation and water quality: effects of new water concepts - like new sanitation, decentralized drinking water production and closed water cycles - on the drinking water supply (organisation, quantity, quality, etc.), benchmarking of drinking water companies on new topics, (sustainability, innovation, assetmanagement, risk management), and the use of asset management in water companies.

4. Introduction of the circular economy in the drinking water industry: how to reduce the use of energy, chemicals and raw materials and to recover energy and reuse materials from the drinking water treatment processes.

Educational activities

MSc courses:

  • CIE5550 – Pumping Stations and Transport Pipelines
  • CIE4475 – Advanced Drinking Water Treatment (Lecture Oxidation and Disinfection)

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Key publications

  • Hoek J.P. van der (2012). Climate change mitigation by recovery of energy from the water cycle: a new challenge for water management. Water Science & Technology 65 (1), 135-141 (doi: 10.2166/wst.2011.820).
  • Mons M.N., Heringa M.B., Genderen J. van, Puijker L.M., Brand W., Leeuwen C.J. van, Stoks P., Hoek J.P. van der, Kooij D. van der (2013). Use of the Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) approach for deriving target values for drinking water contaminants. Water Research 47 (4), 1666-1678 (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2012.12.025).
  • Bertelkamp C., Reungoat J., Cornelissen E.R., Singhal N., Reynisson J., Cabo A.J., Hoek J.P. van der, Verliefde A.R.D. (2014). Sorption and biodegradation of organic micropollutants during river bank filtration: A laboratory column study. Water Research 52: 231-241 (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2013.10.068).
  • Hoek J.P. van der, Bertelkamp C., Verliefde A.R.D., Singhal N. (2014). Drinking water treatment technologies in Europe: state of the art – challenges – research needs. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology-AQUA 63(2), 124-130 (doi: 10.2166/aqua.2013.007).
  • Hoek J.P. van der, Izar Tenorio J.L., Hellinga C., Lier J.B. van, Wijk A.J.M. van (2014). Green Village Delft – integration of an autarkic water supply in a local sustainability energy system. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination 4(3), 154-163 (doi: 10.2166/wrd.2014.057).
  • Houtman C.J., Kroesbergen J., Lekkerkerker-Teunissen K., Hoek J.P. van der (2014). Human health risk assessment of the mixture of pharmaceuticals in Dutch drinking water and its sources based on frequent monitoring data. Science of the Total Environment 496, 54-62 (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.022).
  • Etchepare R., Hoek J.P. van der (2015). Health risk assessment of organic micropollutants in greywater for potable use. Water Research 72, 186-198 (doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.10.048).
  • Wang F., Halem D. van, Hoek J.P. van der (2016). The fate of H2O2 during managed aquifer recharge: A residual from advanced oxidation processes for drinking water production. Chemosphere 148, 263-269 (doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.01.046).

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The TAPES project

Transnational Action Program on Emerging Substances



Schone Maaswaterketen

Collaboration of drinking water companies and water authorieties to combat emerging contaminants in wastewater and drinking water

Other activities


Jan Peter van der Hoek

Professor of Drinking Water Engineering


Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences