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Topic: WIRC @ Bath

Improving the drinking water situation in Mexico

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📥  Water supply from source to tap

The following post was contributed by Dr. Jannis Wenk, a Lecturer in Water Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering.


From Friday September 1st to Thursday September 7th 2017 a delegation from WIRC @ Bath consisting of Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo, Dr Jannis Wenk and research assistant Claire Edward-Collins travelled to Mexico to explore the situation of drinking water supply in informal settlements in the peripheral region of Mexico City.

The trip was a central component of MAPwater, a 10-month research project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), led by Dr Di Lorenzo. During the 6-day stay of the team, meetings were held with local NGOs to gain a better understanding of their activities in the area of water safety and security for supply of underprivileged communities in rural and semi-urban Mexico, as well as to develop further research and education approaches. Together with the NGO Fomento Mexicano, the team visited the rural settlement of Llano Grand in the wider vicinity of Mexico City. The settlement was chosen as a case study area because of the existing issues with water supply and the close contacts of Fomento Mexicano with the community.

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Water and the Circular Economy

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📥  Water in the circular economy, WIRC @ Bath

This October sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Water and the Circular Economy

Speaker: David Baxter

When: Thursday 19th October 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.6, Chancellors' Building, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Abstract: Despite the inherent circularity of the water cycle, water management occurs across a highly fragmented landscape, leading to conflicts, inefficiencies and waste amongst the complex array of water users. A drive for circular economy thinking in the water industry could help repair broken links and make better use of our most precious resources. The technical solutions and financial models that would make this a reality are growing fast. But are we doing enough to address the public health fears?

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Meet our colleague: Ines Meireles

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📥  Water awareness and human behaviour, WIRC @ Bath

The following post was contributed by Dr. Ines Meireles (Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering) who has joined the University of Bath, from the University of Aveiro, for this academic year (2017/18) as a Visiting Scholar.


Dr. Ines Meireles

I am thrilled to be at the University of Bath as Visiting Scholar for this academic year 2017/2018 and have the opportunity to collaborate with WIRC @ Bath. My research interests are water related, particularly regarding efficiency and sustainability. To this end, I consider either real case studies, experimental work or computational fluid dynamics simulations. Of course, these approaches are related to what I have been doing in the past 12 years, working as a lecturer on Hydraulics at the University of Aveiro. Recently, I started to work together with Dr. Kemi Adeyeye, namely on human behaviour related to different water efficiency approaches, and this academic year I have the privilege to be hosted by her at the University of Bath, where I look forward for the strengthening of our research collaborations.

Introducing myself, I am Portuguese, hold a PhD in Civil Engineering (from the University of Aveiro), a MSc in Hydraulics and Water Resources and a Degree in Civil Engineering, major in Hydraulics and Environment (both from IST, University of Lisbon) and worked for a higher institution (Setubal Polytechnic Institute) and to a private company (Hidroprojecto, S.A. in Lisbon) before moving to Aveiro.

I am an elected member of the board of directors of the Centre Region division of the Portuguese Water Resources Association (APRH), elected member of the fiscal board of the Portuguese Association for the Quality and Efficiency in Building Services (ANQIP), and invited member of the evaluation panel for the Fulbright Commission program in Portugal. Presently, I’m in the technical committee of ANQIP for the revision of the Portuguese standards for water supply and distribution and wastewater drainage (focused on the hydraulic networks inside buildings).

I’ve received the APRH Award, biennial period 2010-2011, for my PhD thesis, received a Fulbright scholarship to perform research at the University of Davis, California, in the framework of my PhD, and I am listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World since 2010.

 

Innovation, Partnership and Environmental Technology

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📥  WIRC @ Bath

This September sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Innovation, Partnership and Environmental Technology

Speaker: Professor Carolyn Roberts

When: Thursday 21st September 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.11, Building 1 West North, University of Bath (Location and maps)

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2 A-Level Students Incognito at Bath Uni

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📥  Water in the circular economy, WIRC @ Bath

The following post was contributed by Joel Ambasna and Harriet Vann.


Through the Nuffield Foundation, we took part in a four-week summer research placement in the Chemical Engineering Department and the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC) at the University of Bath. We joined the group of Dr Ana Lanham and were tasked with investigating the microbial populations of different wastewater treatment systems. Harriet looked into activated sludge systems and Joel into biological phosphorus removal systems. Both of these systems use microbial populations to do the work of “cleaning” the wastewater and we wanted to see what these microbial populations looked like and how different they were from one another. Minh (Nguyen, ChemEng/WIRC) and Megan (Stalker, CSCT), two of Ana’s students, threw us in at the deep end with some bulky books to read of which we initially understood nothing, but with their help we began to grasp the main ideas. (more…)

 

Water in South Africa

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📥  WIRC @ Bath

This July sees the next talk in the monthly 'Water Colloquium' series organised by WIRC @ Bath exploring the breadth of water research being undertaken at the University of Bath and beyond.

Title: Water in South Africa: Devastating droughts, population expansion, climate change, poor governance, energy and food shortages and macro-pollutants

Speaker: Associate Professor Craig Sheridan

Craig Sheridan

When: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 1.15pm

Where: Room 3.30, Building 1 West, University of Bath (Location and maps)

Abstract: In this presentation Craig will paint the picture of how society impacts water and how water impacts society in the context of South Africa. A society with elements of the best and worst of the developed and developing worlds. He will also present some of the research that his group is doing, showing the links from treating poor water quality to opportunities for producing energy.

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Phosphorus - too much of a good thing

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📥  Water in the circular economy, WIRC @ Bath

The following post was contributed by Ana Lanham, Lecturer in Water Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering.


Phosphorus management is an imminent and very serious issue considering the fact that it’s both an irreplaceable and vital nutrient and one of the main contributors to eutrophication of water bodies across the UK and in the world.

Controlling phosphorus levels in treated wastewater discharges is increasingly becoming vital to the UK Water industry as regulatory limits are dropping from 1-2 mg/L to 0.5 mg/L in the current Asset Management Plan (AMP6) and potentially to 0.1 mg/L in AMP7.

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WISE CDT Summer School 2017

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📥  WISE CDT

The third WISE CDT Summer School was held on 19-23 June 2017. Staff and students enjoyed a week-long stay at the Vale Resort Hotel, a 650 acre estate in South Glamorgan, near Cardiff. Students from the four universities and representing Cohorts 2 and 3 worked together, had fun on social activities, and listened to high profile speakers from the Water Industry and Academia.

Site Visit - Cardiff Barrage

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New WISE CDT PhD students

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📥  WIRC @ Bath, WISE CDT

We are delighted to welcome four new PhD students who are joining WIRC @ Bath, having successfully completed the WISE CDT Postgraduate School at Exeter. Here are some short biographies and information on their research topics and supervisors:

Dolores Gonzales

PhD Project: Biosensors for water quality monitoring: sensor development and signal processing

Supervisors: Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo and Prof Petra Cameron

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International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management

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📥  Waste water collection and treatment, WISE CDT

The following blog post was contributed by Ioannis Markidis, WISE CDT student at the University of Bath.


From the 21st to 24th of June 2017, Ioannis Markidis attended the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Athens, Greece. The Conference brought together scientists & professionals from government departments, industries, Municipalities, private institutions and research & education institutions.  Ioannis presented an oral paper on his PhD research entitled “Anaerobic digestion of sewage and domestic wastes. How small can it be?”, with co-authors Dr Marta Coma and Dr Tom Arnot.

Ioannis Markidis

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