Short Course On Campus

Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

18 days
3000 EUR/full
3000 EUR/full
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The Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education provides theoretical background and practical expertise in the field of low-cost decentralised water supply and sanitation alternatives specifically suitable for the small towns, peri-urban areas and urban slums, small island communities, tourist resorts etc.


The Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • know different technologies/methods for small-scale water abstraction and water treatment that can be used at household or small community level
  • understand the basics of sustainable sanitation technologies including nutrient reuse in agriculture, soild waste management and fecal sludge management and their implementation in small towns, peri-urban and urban poor areas of developing countries
  • prepare concept design for small-scale water supply treatment and ecosan technology
  • facilitate planning, financing, implementation and operation and maintenance of decentralised water supply and sanitation infrastructures based on stakeholder participation and community management

Programme Structure

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Introduction: Module objectives and contents (General introduction to water supply and sanitation situations in small town, peri-urban areas and urban slums etc.)
  • Water Supply Systems: Water sources, supply systems, source selection, water supply service levels, spring catchments and sand dams, wells and pumps, rainwater harvesting, small-scale water treatment methods.
  • Sanitation Systems: Ecological sanitation (introduction to ecosan, basics of conventional wastewater treatment, relevant treatment technologies, ecosan and agriculture, greywater treatment and reuse, linkages between ecosan and Millennium Development Goals). Faecal Sludge Management, Low-cost Sewerage and Drainage
  • Management aspects of DWSS: Participatory planning and evaluation of DWSS systems, financing and cost recovery, institutional arrangements and operation and maintenance aspects.


Mid-career professionals dealing with planning and management aspects of water supply and sanitation infrastructures, working for municipalities, government ministries, water supply agencies or consulting firms.


Saroj Sharma, Associate Professor of Water Supply Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should at least have a Bachelor of Science degree, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    3000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3000 EUR for the full programme during 18 days.
  • EU/EEA

    3000 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3000 EUR for the full programme during 18 days.

Living costs for Delft

780 - 1160 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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