Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

water resources centre


Did you know that most of the earth's surface is water? That groundwater can take a liftime to move 1 kilometer? That bottled water is 1000 times more expensive than tap water while Dutch drinking water has the same quality? That 200 children worldwide die every hour due to poor water quality and that the Dutch municipalities manage more than 100,000km of sewage networks.

We enjoy water to drink and to swim in. Water is essential for food production, is a source of energy and a mode of transport (or do you mean exercise? I've never heard this expression before). Sometimes it is also a hazard: sometimes there is too much, other times too little. Water Management, a Masters specialization at TU Delft is focused on education and research on the behavior of water; how we obtain it where we need it, how we purify it and how we handle wastewater.


The Water Management department consists of two sections: Sanitary Engineering and Water Resources.

  • The Sanitary Engineering section conducts research on the treatment and transport of drinkwater, wastewater, industrial water and related research topics. Particular attention is given to the extraction of materials and energy from the water cycle. At the moment, current research topics include the processing of city wastewater for agricultural use, re-use of industrial process water, chlorine-free and high quality swimming pool water and what happens to the quality of water when it is transported over large distances. In short, this section is concerned with the small water cycle. 
  • On the other hand, the Water Resources section, is focused on the large water cycle. Research topics include water shortages and drought, rainfall, flooding and  the behavior of water in the atmosphere, and on and under the earth's surface. Insights on these research topics ensure that scientists can provide forecasts to predict the response to changes such as climate change or deforestation. How can we optimally regulate water for efficient use and to limit damage.


We want to share the knowledge gained through this research with the world. We do this through published articles, presentations and education. In the Bachelor programme of Civil Engineering, we are responsible for four courses. After your Bachelors, you can choose to pursue a Masters in Water Management (Civil Engineering). In the Masters course, you will follow two years of intensive courses and carry out independent research on the topic of water. You can choose one of three directions for your Masters: Sanitary Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources Management. For more information on the Masters in Water Management (Civil Engineering), refer to the common Masters website. If you have questions that are not answered by the information on these pages, please contact Wim Luxemburg (w.m.j.luxemburg@remove-this.tudelft.nl).



Name author: Petra Jorritsma
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