This very second, almost one billion people are getting through the day without access to clean drinking water, and within the next two minutes at least one child will die from a waterborne disease due to inadequate water supply and sanitation. Problems that only increase as populations and demands rise. More than 80 percent of globally produced wastewater is discharged directly into the nature without any prior treatment, while the cleaning process alone could be used to produce renewable energy – something that more than 2.5 billion people has none or limited access to.
These grim scenarios are, however, far from the reality in Denmark where highly advanced water systems and energy-producing wastewater plants have made the country a global frontrunner when it comes to water management. Pondering on these vast contrasts led to an idea at AVK; a Summer School, where students from all over the world are introduced to the technologies and thoughts behind Danish water management. A school that focuses on preparing the students for solving some of today’s and tomorrow’s massive resource challenges.
August 11, 46 enrolees arrived in Låsby, ready to join the first-ever Water Summer School offering valuable insights to how global water resources can be efficiently managed. The enrolees are a mix of representatives from ministries, companies and public institutions and of students on bachelor, master and PhD levels. They arrived to Låsby from Spain, Finland, Lithuania, Indonesia, the US, Slovakia, Malaysia, South Africa, Portugal, India, Italy, Norway and Germany.
The Summer School, which runs by the name "Advanced Water Cycle Management Course", has been created together with Aarhus University, Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology, Grundfos, Kamstrup, DHI, Skanderborg Forsyningsvirksomhed A/S, NIRAS, Aarhus University School of Engineering, AquaGlobe, I-GIS and Aarhus Vand. All of these will take part in the intensive, two-week tuition, contributing with their particular area of expertise.