dws-wetskills-israel-winning-team-770pxThe Dutch-Israeli student team that presented a solution to sensor and neutralize the typical sewage smell of rotten eggs in the street, won the latest edition of the Wetskills water challenge in Israel.

Wetskills Israel took place in Haifa from 3 till 17 September. It was the second time for the Wetskills water challenge to take place in Israel and it was again hosted by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

dws-wetskills-israel-winning-team-ovink-350pxSpecial Dutch water envoy Henk Ovink (thrid left) praised the high quality of the pitches of all teams.

Winning solution
The winning team came up with an early warning concept to detect odor hotspots in the sewer with sensors and to neutralize the odor by dosing a small amount of nitrate.

The team Odor Control existed of Rotem Rotshtein (Haifa University), Karst Oosterhuis (University of Groningen), Christel Voncken (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Canwei Mao (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) (f.l.t.r. on top photo).

The Wetskills water challenge involves real cases presented by local water authorities or companies and student teams that have to come up with solutions.

The case owner of the odor control, was the water company of Tel Aviv, Mey Avivim. Mey Avivim reacted enthusiastic about the proposed solution and appointed an engineer to start a pilot to test it.

Best ideas
‘It was a hard decision to announce the winning team. You are all winners’ said chair of the jury Henk Ovink, special water envoy of Kingdom of The Netherlands, at the awarding ceremony

Ovink praised the teams and was especially impressed by the quality of the two-minute pitches of the teams. ‘The quality of the presentations was high. A lot of water professionals can learn from this.’

The finals and awarding ceremony took place at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador in Israel.

The next Wetskills challenges wil be:
● in Amsterdam, the Netherlands  – 19 October - 2November 2017
● in Seoul, South Korea  - January 28 - February 13, 2018
and a special edition, the  SunGlacier Challenge,  will take place in  Oman – 20 -23 March 2018

This news item was originally published on the website of Wetskills.

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More information
Wetskills Foundation
The Hague, the Netherlands

Wetskills’ pitch by Rotem Rotshtein on how to tackle the problem of the typical sewage smell in the street.