Urban Water Cycle Technology

Drinking water, after being consumed, is transported, treated and discharged to water bodies as sewage or “used water”. However, this used water can also serve as a source for industry, agriculture and even drinking water production to alleviate water scarcity, avoid pollution of the environment and give incentive to modern sub-surface infrastructures. When the entire urban water cycle is considered, synergetic advantages can be obtained and innovative solutions can be developed. In the research, special attention is given to the emerging substances, like endocrine disrupting compounds, energy and resources recovery, direct treatment of sewage to high quality water, treatment of waste streams and modelling of treatment processes and transport infrastructure. Research is carried out to develop innovative technologies, such as ceramic membranes, zeolites, (bio)filters, and control algorithms.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Luuk Rietveld