Promotion Kostas Makris 

On 8 December 2022 Kostas Makris defended his PhD dissertation titled 'Ageing of plastic pipes in urban drainage systems' at Delft University of Technology. We congratulate our colleague with his promotion and his excellent research work.


Kostas Makris joins Partners4UrbanWater

As of April 1, 2022, Kostas Makris joined our team! Kostas has spent the last four years as a PhD student at Delft University of Technology researching inspection techniques for the aging of plastic pipes. He will receive his doctorate for this research in the fall of 2022. His transfer to Partners4UrbanWater means a welcome reinforcement to our research activities. We wish him the best of luck in our business!



Events in 2022


Monitoring coronaviruses in sewer systems

Since the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak, lots of research efforts have been made to track and trace the coronavirus that causes the disease. In the Netherlands, RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) and KWR, among others, carry out research into the prevalence of the coronavirus in sewer systems. The virus ends up in sewers via the faeces of infected people. This happens even before people get symptoms of the disease. Therefore, monitoring the amount of viral RNA in wastewater in the sewer system is used as a part of an early warning system for virus outbreaks, the Dutch corona dashboard. RIVM is currently monitoring at waste water treatment plants throughout the Netherlands. KWR measures among other locations at Schiphol Airport and in the Rotterdam area. Partners4UrbanWater helps researchers of RIVM and KWR with selecting additional suitable monitoring locations and with the monitoring set up. For more information, contact Rémy Schilperoort. Read the article Passive Sampling of SARS-CoV-2 for Wastewater Surveillance for the latest developments in the application of passive samplers in sewers for COVID-19 monitoring.