First wastewater treatment techniques training in Jordan
From 13 to 16 December a group of wastewater professionals from Amman, Jordan took part in the training “Wastewater treatment techniques”. The training by World Water Academy, set up in collaboration with IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Al-Balqa’ Applied University, is part of the Orange Knowledge Project WATRA (WAter Treatment and Reuse in Agriculture) in Jordan.
A group of 15 participants were immersed in a course which covered different subjects like pre-treatment, activated sludge, aeration systems, secondary clarification, nitrogen and phosphorous removal, thickening, dewatering and recent innovations in wastewater treatment.
A diverse group of participants from different wastewater treatment plants in Jordan were involved. Wastewater professionals from the cities of Salt, Madaba, and Fuheis participated in this training. Throughout the course they were encouraged to participate in an active way and bring in their operational issues regarding the discussed theory. This resulted in filled flip-overs with process schemes and handwritten notes. All theoretical knowledge was then turned into practical examples by the trainers by making use of the flip-overs with the process schemes of the different plants. Many questions were asked by the enthusiastic participants. All together this resulted in a highly interactive and appreciated course.
After two days of theory and examples in the classroom, the participants went to the treatment plant of Fuheis to apply the new insights to practice. Some diluted SVI tests were performed at the site and the participants got the opportunity to learn about the decentralized systems that are being studied in small pilot plants by Al-Balqa’ University. The final day was all about innovation and applying the new knowledge. The participants learned how granular sludge and membrane bioreactor technology could be of possible use to them in the future and discussed possible ways to improve the daily operation for the visited wastewater treatment plant. After 3,5 days the course ended and all participants went home with their well-deserved certificates, ready to put the newly acquired knowledge into practice at their own wastewater treatment plants.
OKP project WATRA
WATRA (WAter Treatment and Reuse in Agriculture) is a collaboration project between Al-Balqa’ Applied University (BAU) in Jordan, IHE Delft and World Water Academy. The project is in coordination with the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation and is funded by Nuffic. It aims to contribute to end hunger, double smallholder productivity and income and ensure the sustainability and resilience of food production systems by 2030. The practical concept and experience of World Water Academy combined with the research, academic and local knowledge of our partners IHE Delft and Al-Balqa’ Applied University (BAU) creates a complementary collaboration for multiple level education. WATRA helps ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation by strengthening skills development for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture. Read more on https://bau.edu.jo/.