You are cordially invited to a Distinguished Visitor Seminar by Prof Jörg Drewes - Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany.
SEMINAR: The Role of Water Reclamation and Reuse for Integrated Water Resource Planning in the 21st Century
WHERE: 6.102. Sandwich lunch and refreshment will be served at 12.00 pm. This seminar is supported by the Faculty of Engineering Information Sciences through the Distinguished Visitor Scheme.
WHEN: 28 Sep 2015 from 12.30 - 1.30 pm.
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ABSTRACT: During the last decade, in many regions worldwide water reclamation and reuse has evolved into a cornerstone of integrated water resource planning in particular for urban areas. What began as an alternative to traditional wastewater disposal strategies, evolved today into a practice that covers a broad range of water reuse applications including landscape and agricultural irrigation, industrial reuse, multiple urban uses as well as drinking water augmentation. However, significant barriers still exist that hamper a wider adaptation of reuse practices including the lack of consistent guidance to manage public health and environmental risks, the need for a dedicated infrastructure and conveyance system, inconsistent performance and reliability of treatment processes, energy requirements and public perception. This presentation will highlight recent developments and illustrate how barriers to water reuse could be overcome. It will also feature new design approaches and technologies in water reclamation that integrate water reuse with energy and nutrient recovery.
BIO: Jörg Drewes is Chair Professor of Urban Water Systems Engineering at the Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany. From 2001-2013, he was Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA. Professor Drewes' research and scholarly activities have been in four areas for which he is internationally and nationally recognized: (1) energy efficient hybrid systems for water reclamation and reuse; (2) design and operation of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) systems, (3) fate and transport of emerging trace organic chemicals and bulk organic carbon in natural and engineered systems, and (4) beneficial use of co-produced water from natural gas explorations. Dr. Drewes has published more than 300 journal papers, book contributions, and conference proceedings. He served on multiple science advisory panels and chaired blue ribbon panels on topics related to public health, engineering, and reliability of water reuse projects. He currently serves as the chair of the International Water Association (IWA) Water Reuse Specialist Group, with 2700 members the largest specialist group with IWA.