Clean water and sanitation
Clean and accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. This asks for good governance across all sectors from industrial, agriculture, care and household, to protect water resources, increase water-use efficiencies, preserve or restore good water quality and safely re-use water.
At the Copernicus Institute we enhance knowledge on environmental, technical, social and institutional factors that influence the use, management and recycling of water resources across all sectors. We investigate the potential of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) for safe drinking water provision in saline deltas. We also investigate Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in both cities and rural area and aim to understand changes in the hydrological cycle due to anthropogenic land management, water in the Circular Economy, and chemical, microbial and toxicological risks in sources for drinking water. We develop technologies to monitor, assess and prioritize the impacts of emerging chemicals and nutrients in (ground) water. Finally, we study the interrelationship between vegetation and groundwater in wetlands, including the anthropogenic disturbance.