PWNT is wholly owned by Dutch water utility PWN, and is unique in its formation and mission to make the utility’s more than 100 years of experience and innovations in water treatment available worldwide. Its extensive R&D programmes have led to the development of efficient and sustainable solutions in water treatment based on suspended ion exchange, ceramic membrane applications and advanced oxidation- applications that can be used for a wide variety of water sources.

All PWNT solutions offer lower life cycle costs, greater efficiency and much lower environmental impact. We work closely with our clients and partners to create optimal results and strongly believe in partnering with highly recognized universities and globally respected companies. PWNT is located in the Netherlands and Singapore. PWNT was the leading partner of the DOC2C’s project.


South West Water is part of Pennon Group plc.  and a British utility that provides reliable, efficient and high quality drinking water and waste water services. It provides water and sewerage services to over 1.6 million people across Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset in the United Kingdom. The company operates over 630 sewage treatment works and 29 water treatment works. It maintains 14,800 km of public sewers and 15,101km of water mains. South West Water supplies its customers with around 350 mega litres (77 million gallons) of drinking water every day.

South West Water came into being in 1989 with the privatisation of the water industry. It inherited a water system suffering from a century of neglect but, thanks to the tireless work of our 1,300 employees, have brought the region’s drinking water, sewerage systems and bathing waters into line with the stringent UK and European Union standards.

This extensive programme of environmental improvement has resulted in some of the finest bathing waters in Europe, picturesque scenery and clean rivers with stunning wildlife.

This project will lead to new innovative technologies that will contribute to South West Water’s aim to continue to provide good, safe drinking water that has the trust of our customers, while minimizing the cost of water treatment and our impact on the environment.

Chris Rockey, South West Water’s Science and Water Quality Manager


De Watergroep is the largest drinking water utility in the region Flandres, in Belgium. More than 1.470 employees are in charge daily to supply drinking water over a network of 32.460 kilometers pipelines to 175 communities in West and East Flandres, Flemish-Brabant and Limbourg. De Watergroep serves 3 million customers and more than 100 companies.

De Watergroep is an autonomic Flemish water utility that offers products and services in the entire water chain. Its historical mission is supplying high quality drinking water for a fair price.  De Watergroep also takes care of a sustainable circular and responsible approach of economical and ecological control of all links within the water chain, such as rain water, ground – and surface water, drinking water, process water and waste water.

Also in Belgium we are dealing with water quality challenges and this project and unique cooperation will enable us to face these challenges and to incorporate innovative technologies in our treatment plants.

Liesbeth Verdickt, Process Engineer at De Watergroep


Lille University is a State University, founded in 1562 by the Spanish. It became French in 1667. Louis Pasteur was the first Dean of the Science Faculty in 1854. Lille University was, at that time, situated in the town centre. In 1971, the Science Faculty and the different faculties in Lille moved to the new town of Villeneuve d’Ascq. Lille 1 is one of the leading science universities in France.

This project gives us the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences with a lot of experts facing the same challenges. By combining our forces the best ideas and new innovations will be found.

Baghdad Ouddane, professor Environmental Chemistry at Lille University


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is located in Delft, the Netherlands. Although the University only received its current name in 1986, it has been providing technical education for over 170 years. In 1842 it was founded by King Willem II, as the ‘Royal Academy for the education of civilian engineers, for serving both nation and industry, and of apprentices for trade’. The Academy also educated civil servants for the colonies and revenue officers of the Dutch East Indies.
TU Delft is developing innovative, durable and environment-friendly technology.

I am looking forward to a fruitful and intense cooperation with all stakeholders and to find new solutions with a lower environmental impact.

Luuk Rietveld, professor Urban Water Cycle Technology of Delft University of Technology