Movie report from Laura

By André

Just like last year, Maputo is currently undergoing a serious drought and major water restrictions throughout the city. What if you would use treated wastewater instead of normal tap water to cool the future power plant in Maputo? That’s exactly what Laura tried to investigate and instead of the typical blog posts she opted for a short movie to tell you all about it. Here it is:

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We all hope you like it! Note: if you have troubles with the embedded video, you can find it here.

Participating on the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society

by Noor

My last scientific meeting of the year 2017 took place in Gaborone, Botswana, were I participated on the on the 9th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2017). The conference started on 9th of December with 2 days preconference workshops followed by 3 days of the conference from the 11th until the 14th. Continue reading

Second water reclamation symposium

by André, Adriano, Noor and Natalia,

Last month we organized our second water reclamation symposium. With these public events we aim at sharing our main findings, engage local stakeholders and raise the awareness regarding the potential for water reclamation. This time around we asked DNAAS to host the symposium, which they accepted – thank you so much for all the support!  Continue reading

First week in Maputo

by Laura and Judith

My name is Laura Nougues and I am currently a fourth year civil engineering BSc student at TU Delft. For my minor I was very lucky to come to Maputo to do a research project. The minor I chose is in Water Management theme and this is also the area of my research project I am working on now, here in Maputo.

I’m looking into the feasibility of using reclaimed water to cool a thermal power plant, which is being built in the city, close to the Bay. My work focuses on determining the different costs involved and on the possible partnerships which could be created to facilitate the achievement of the cooling system. During my study period I will be working at the campus of the Eduardo Mondlane University under the supervision of Noor Gulamussen.

My name is Judith Kavelaars and for the past two years I have been studying Civil Engineering at the TU Delft. In the third year there is space to choose your own activity for a semester. I wanted to know more about water management and that’s where the opportunity to go to Mozambique came up. Not only is it a great way to get to know the country, but it is also good to get another insight on my study.

My project focuses on forecasting drinking water demand and availability from now until 2040 for the area of greater Maputo, including the cities of Maputo and Matola. It is likely that there is no sufficient fresh water until 2040, so it is also interesting to consider different solutions to overcome this deficit. During my studies I will be working under the supervision of André Arsénio.

Sanitation event in Maputo

by André

On the 8th of November, as part of the celebrations of the 130 years on the City of Maputo, the Municipality organized a public event about sanitation. The day included a presentation about the city-wide sanitation Masterplan and a field-trips throughout the city. Continue reading

Attending the International Conference on Urban Health

by André

This year I attended the International Conference on Urban Health that took place, late September, in Coimbra. For this conference, organized by ISUH, Universidade de Coimbra and Elsevier, I presented my work on Material Flow Analysis of water and nitrogen in Maputo which is based on Iana’s MSc thesis. Continue reading

Enjoying the II International Conference on African Urban Planning in Lisbon

By Adriano Biza

It was a great experience to attend the II International Conference on African Urban Planning. The event was organised by the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning (IGOT) of the University of Lisbon in collaboration with International Planning History Society (IPHS) and was held in Lisbon, on 7th and 8th September 2017. Continue reading

Attending IWA’s international conference on water reclamation in Long Beach

By Noor
It was 16:30 on the 21st of July 2017 that I arrived at Long Beach airport after a long trip from Maputo, on a sunny day with nice and warm weather. Continue reading