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Decentralised Water Supply and Sanitation

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary This short course aims to provide theoretical background and practical expertise in decentralized water supply and sanitation systems suitable for the small towns, peri-urban areas and urban slums.
Course description Capacity building in planning, design and operation and maintenance of decentralised water supply and sanitation systems is necessary to achieve the UN MDGs on water supply and sanitation, specifically in the urban poor areas of the developing countries and the countries in transition. This short course deals with and integrates water supply systems, sanitation systems and management aspects. The course consists of lectures, workshops, exercises, case studies, films, a field trip, a laboratory session and assignments. At the end of this course, the participant will be familiar with different technologies and management aspects of low-cost, decentralised water abstraction, water treatment and sustainable sanitation including nutrient reuse in agriculture in accordance with the new WHO guidelines for safe use of excreta and grey-water in agriculture. The course will enable the participants to prepare a basic engineering or concept design for relevant technologies, and they will be able to facilitate planning, financing, implementation, operation and maintenance of decentralised water supply and sanitation infrastructures based on stakeholder participation and community management.
Study subjects Water Supply Systems; Wells and Pumps; Rainwater Harvesting; Environmental and On-site Sanitation; Fecal Sludge Management; Low-Cost Sewerage and Drainage; Management Aspects
Course objectives To provide theoretical background and practical expertise in the field of low-cost decentralized water supply and sanitation alternatives.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Several years of relevant working experience
  2. Relevant academic bachelor: BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Jul 2019 1 Jun 2019 1 Jun 2019
29 Jun 2020 29 May 2020 29 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2910€ 2910n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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