Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no. 6 emphasizes the critical need for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water service. However, The WHO – UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reported that 1.8 billion people still used contaminated sources of drinking water in 2017, mainly in low-middle income countries. This situation leads to high numbers of diarrheal morbidity and mortality among children under 5 years old.
TU Delft, as one of the leading Dutch technical universities in the water sector, is also contributing to solve the issue of safe drinking water provision in developing countries. Various master students, PhDs, and post-docs have conducted high quality drinking water research in Delft and hands-on field research in developing counties, such as Nicaragua, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, China, and Mozambique.
The TU Delft Global Drinking Water (TUD-GDW) programme was launched in 2018 as a commitment of TU Delft to continue supporting SDG 6.1. Thus, the first GDW seminar will be held on 5 June 2019 to bring together students, researchers, and practitioners who have interest in or are focused on global drinking water issues. Participants will have a variety of opportunities to know more about the TUD-GDW community, on-going projects, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations.
- Key speech by Prof. Luuk Rietveld
- Introduction to TU Delft’s drinking water-related research in the Global South
- Roundtable discussion
- Water lab tour