Nidal Mahmoud

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering

 

Associate Professor of Wastewater Treatment

1. Personal profile

Family name:

Mahmoud

First names:

Nidal

Date of birth:

22 Nov. 1969

Nationality:

Palestinian

Civil status:

Married with two sons

Postal Address:

Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS), Birzeit University, P.O. Box 14, Birzeit, West Bank, Palestine

Tel/Fax:

+970-(0)2-2982120

Mobile:

+970-(0)599-395840

E-mail:

nmahmoud@birzeit.edu

Website:

home.birzeit.edu/iews

2. Education

Institution:

Jordan University (JU), Amman-Jordan

Date: (month/year)

January, 1993

Degree(s) or Diploma(s):

Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering

Institution:

IHE–Delft, The Netherlands

Date: (month/year)

March–1997

Degree(s) or Diploma(s):

MSc in Sanitary Engineering

Institution:

Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Date: (month/year)

September, 2002

Degree(s) or Diploma(s):

PhD in Environmental Engineering: anaerobic wastewater treatment and sludge digestion

 

3. Present position

Date:

2003 – present

Location:

Palestine

Company:

Institute of Environmental and Water Studies (IEWS) - Birzeit University

Position:

Associate professor

Major research and work theme:

Wastewater treatment

Description:

Institute director (August 2010-August 2012),

Head of both Master Programs of Water and Environmental Sciences and Water and Environmental Engineering (August 2010-August 2012),

Lecturing in both Master Programs of Water and Environmental Sciences and Water and Environmental Engineering,

Lecturing  in the Civil Engineering Department,

Projects team leader and member, technical advisor (see annex A1),

Organising training courses, and trainer (see annex A2),

Institutional development,

Community services,

Consultancy services (Consultant for the Palestinian Water Authority in supervising the design and implementation of wastewater treatment plants)

4. Training

Water Supply and Environmental sanitation, Birzeit University, Palestine, April 14 – July 28, 1994 (Birzeit University, IHE-Delft).

Operation and Maintenance of wastewater treatment plants at pilot and full scale, sub-department of environmental technology,Wageningen University, Wageningen, the Netherlands, June 17 – 19, 1996.

English technical writing for Masters of Science, IHE, Delft, October, 1996.

AutoCAD, Tulkarm, Palestine, August 1997 (Tulkarm Municipality, Hans Seidel Foundation – Germany (licensed from Ministry of education)).

Computer-Based Hydraulic and Cost Analysis Training (WaterCAD, StormCAD, Flowmaster, AvWater & AvSand), Ramallah,Palestine, 8 – 11 December, 1997 (Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), CDM/Morganty).

English Conversation (Advanced Level), Ma’an development centre, Ramallah, Palestine, February 5 to March 24, 1998.

Microsoft Access Program, Consolidation Construction Consultants (CCC), March 28 – May 5, 1998.

Anaerobic Waste Water Treatment, Delft, the Netherlands, June 30 – July 10, 1998 (Wageningen University, IHE-Delft).

Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage and Agricultural use of Treated Effluents, Jordan Unversity, Amman, Jordan, April 2 – 20, 2000 (Wageningen University,  IHE-Delft, WHO, and WERSC , Jordan University).

Dutch course, Wageningen, 2001

Public – Private Partnership in the Water Sector, Ramallah, Palestine, 19 – 24 January, 2003 (PWA, CH2MHILL & Associate Firms, USAID).

Research Approaches and Strategies, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, 9 – 12 July, 2003 (Wageningen University, UNESCO-IHE, University of Jordan (WERSC))

Training of Trainers, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, 14 – 17 July, 2003 (Wageningen University, UNESCO-IHE, University ofJordan (WERSC)).

Membrane Technology in Drinking & Industrial Water Treatment, Principles, Design and Approaches, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, October 12 – 16, 2003 (The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education).

Creative Learning Methods, Nanjing – Tianmu Lake, Jangsu province, China P. R., 1–7 May 2004 (UNESCO-IHE).

Participate in many workshops, seminars, symposiums and conferences (Palestine, the Netherlands, Jordan, Egypt, Belgium,Zimbabwe, Germany, and Canada).

Surface water treatment: conventional methods, advanced oxidation processes and membrane technologies (MF, UF, NF, RO), UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands, 8-25 March 2005

 

5. Language skills:  (0 to 5 for competence)

Language

Reading

Speaking

Writing

Arabic (Mother tongue)

 

 

 

English

5

5

5

Dutch

2

2

2

German

1

1

1

 

6. Memberships

Elected member of the General Conference of the Engineering Association for the period 2011-2013.

Federation of Arab Engineers

Jordan Engineering Association, Jerusalem Branch, Palestine

MED-REUNET/Mediterranean Network on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse, Spain

 

7. Other skills

Organising training programs and exhibitions

Managing and chairing scientific groups meetings

Networking

Proposal writing and fund raising

Computer skills: text processing programs, spread sheets, AutoCAD and others

 

 

 

 

 

8. Previous professional experience record

Date:

1993 – 1994

Location:

Several locations/ Palestine

Company:

Engineering offices and Private

Position:

Civil Engineer

Description:

Planning and design of civil works (buildings, highways, etc)

Construction of houses (e.g. constructing five houses at Al Fara’a refugee camp: a project sponsored by the UNRWA)

Projects technical and financial management

Date:

December 1994 - July 1995

Location:

Jerusalem

Company:

UNRWA

Position:

Supervision engineer

Description:

Supervision of sewerage projects implementation

Planning and design of sewerage networks

Projects financial management

Date:

June 1997 – May 1998

Location:

Al Ram and Al Bireh

Company:

Palestinian Water Authority (PWA)

Position:

Technical advisor

Description:

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies (e.g. environmental impact of Jewish colonies in the West Bank); Water pollution prevention and water quality management.

Environmental and technical evaluation of sanitary and water services (e.g, in the Palestinian refugee campsWest Bank and Gaza Strip)

Technical revision and evaluation of all wastewater development projects submitted by local and international firms (among these projects are Ramallah Sewerage Master Plan, Nablus, Tulkarem, Hebron, and Salfit sewage works)

Fund raising for new low-cost sewage treatment plants,

Member of the Joint Water Technical Sub-Committee of the Palestinian – Israeli Joint Water Committee (JWC).

9. Publications

Scientific Journals:

Mahmoud N., Amarneh M. N., Al-Sa'ed R., Zeeman G., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2003) Sewage characterisation as a tool for the application of anaerobic treatment in Palestine. Environm. Pollut., 126(1), 115-122.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2003) Solids removal in upflow anaerobic reactors. Bioresource Technol.,90(1), 1-9.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2004) Anaerobic sewage treatment in a one-stage UASB reactor and a combined UASB-Digester system. Water Res., 38(9), 2348-2358.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2004) Anaerobic stabilisation and conversion of biopolymers in primary sludge: effect of temperature and sludge retention time. Water Res., 38(4), 983-991.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2006) Interaction between digestion conditions and sludge physical characteristics and behaviour for anaerobically digested primary sludge. Biochemical Eng. J., 28(2), 196-200.

Mahmoud N., Marcel Zandvoort, van Lier J. and Zeeman G. (2006) development of sludge filterability test to assess the solids removal potential of a sludge bed. Bioresource Technol.97(18), 2383-2388.

Ali M., Al-Sa’ed R. and Mahmoud N. (2007) Start-up phase assessment of a UASB–septic tank system treating domestic septage.AJSE., 32 (1 C), 65-75.

Al-Shayah M. and Mahmoud N. (2008) Start-up of an UASB-septic tank for community on-site treatment of strong domestic sewage. Bioresource Technol., 99(16), 7758-7766.

Samhan S., Al-Sa`ed R. and Mahmoud N. (2007) Removal of pathogenic microorganisms in pilot-scale UASB-septic tanks and Albireh urban wastewater treatment plant in Palestine. Water International, (IWRA), 30(5), 538-544.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G. and van Lier J. B. (2008) Adapting UASB technology for sewage treatment in Palestine and Jordan.Water Sci. Technol.57(3), 361–366.

Mahmoud N. (2008) High strength sewage treatment in a UASB reactor and an integrated UASB-Digester system. Bioresource Technol., 99(16), 7531-7538.

Mahmoud N. and Mimi Z. (2008) Perception of house onsite grey water treatment and reuse in Palestinian rural areas. Water Practice and Technology, Vol No 3 IWA Publishing 2008 doi: 10.2166/WPT.2008059.

Al-Jamal W. and Mahmoud N. (2009) Community onsite treatment of cold strong sewage in a UASB-septic tank. Bioresource Technol., 100(3), 1061-1068.

Mahmoud N. and Lier J. B. van (2011) Enhancement of an UASB-septic tank performance for decentralised treatment of strong domestic sewage. Water Sci. Technol.64(4), 923–929.

Mimi Z. A., Mahmoud N. and Abu Madi M. (2012) Modified DRASTIC assessment for intrinsic vulnerability mapping of karst aquifers: a case study. Environ Earth Sci., 66(2), 447–456.

Borst B., Mahmoud N. J., van der Steen N. P. and Lens P. N. L. (2012) A case study of urban water balancing in the partly sewered city of Nablus-East (Palestine) to study wastewater pollution loads and groundwater pollution. Urban Water Journal, in press.

Books:

Mahmoud N. (2002) Anaerobic Pre-treatment of Sewage Under Low Temperature (15°C) Conditions in an integrated UASB-Digester System. Wageningen University – Wageningen: Nidal Jawdat Al-Haj Mahmoud, 2002. - ISBN 90-5808-661-5. - p. 128.

Zimmo, O.,Al-Sa’ed, R., Mahmoud, N., Mimi, Z., and Abu Madi, M. (2005) Prospects of efficient wastewater management and water reuse in Palestine. Chapter in a book, pp. 159-230: Efficient management of wastewater, its treatment and reuse in four Mediterranean countries: Jordan, Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Turkey. 2005, EMWater project funded by the European Union under the MEDA water program initiative, Germany.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G. and Lier J. B. van, 2008. Adapting High-rate Anaerobic Treatment to Middle East Conditions, in: Al Baz I., Otterpohl R., Wendland C. (Eds.), Efficient Management of Wastewater Its Treatment and Reuse in Water-Scarce Countries. ISBN 978-3-540-74491-7 (Print) 978-3-540-74492-4 (Online). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, pp. 149-161.

van Lier J. B., Mahmoud N. and Zeeman G. (2009) Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment. Chapter in a book: Biological Wastewater Treatment: Principles, Modelling and Design. First published 2008, International Water Association (IWA); Printed by Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781843391883 (Print) –in English, Chinese and Korean languages.

Abu-Madi M., Al-Sa’ed R., Mahmoud N., and Burnat J. (2010). Comparative socio-economic study between greywater and cesspit systems in Western Ramallah – Palestine. Chapter in Book on greywater treatment and reuse IRDC and CSBE. ISBN 978 1 85339 698 4 (print) 978 1 55250 466 6 (e-book); Printed by Replika Press, India, pp 89-100.

Mahmoud N. and Yasin A. (2012) Analysis of Wastewater Management Sector in Palestine. Chapter in Book: Water in Palestine The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS): in Preparation

 

 

 

Conferences:

Mahmoud N. A., Al-Sa`ed R., Zeeman G., and Lettinga G. (2001) Digestion and performance prediction of integrated UASB-Digester system for sewage treatment in the Middle East. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium On Anaerobic Digestion,Antwerpen, Belgium, pp.: 583-586.

Mahmoud N., Ricki M Mulia R. M., Zeeman G. and Lettinga G. (2004) Operational process determinants of solids physical removal in UASB reactors: development and use of a short-term reproducible test. Poster presented in the 10th International Symposium On Anaerobic Digestion, Montreal, Canada.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., van Lier J. B., Gijzen H. and Lettinga G. (2004) Amendment Of The UASB Reactor to An Integrated UASB-Digester System For Sewage Pre-Treatment Under Low Temperature (15 °C) Conditions. IWA Specialist Group Conference on” Water and Wastewater Management for Developing Countries: WAMDEC 2004”, “Innovative And Sustainable Approaches For Serving The Poor”, held during the period 28-30 July 2004, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Elmitwalli T., Mahmoud N., Soons J. and Zeeman G. (2003) Characteristics of Grey Water: Polderdrift, The Netherlands.Proceedings of the 2nd International ecosan-Symposium, conference, April 7-11, Luebeck, Germany.

Burnat J. M. Y and Mahmoud N. (2004) Evaluation of On-Site Gray Wastewater Treatment Plants Performance in Bilien and Biet-Diko Villages / Palestine. Article presented in the “International Water Demand Management Conference” during the period May 30 - June 3, 2004 Dead Sea, Jordan.

Mahmoud N. (2005) Sewage Pre-Treatment Under Low Temperature (15 °C) Conditions in the UASB-Digester concept. Article presented in “The Second Baltic Symposium On Environmental Chemistry” during the period November 28 - 30, 2005, Kalmar,Sweden.

Burnat J. M. Y and Mahmoud N. (2007) Evaluation of On-Site Gray Wastewater Treatment Plants Performance in Bilien and Biet-Diko Villages / Palestine. Article presented in the “Regional Graywater Expert Meeting”, Aqaba-Jordan 11-15 Feb 2007. IDRC and CSBE.

Al-Jamal W. and Mahmoud N. (2007) Community onsite anaerobic sewage treatment in a UASB-septic tank system: System behavior during winter period in Palestine. Proceedings of the International Conference: Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources in Palestine”, 25-28 August 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Mahmoud N. (2007) Anaerobic strong sewage treatment in a one-stage UASB reactor and a combined UASB-Digester system.Proceedings of the International Conference: Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources in Palestine”, 25-28 August 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Mahmoud N., Boullata M., Abu-Ghannam H. (2007) Assessment of rainwater harvesting for domestic water supply in Palestinian rural areas. Proceedings of the International Conference: Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources inPalestine”, 25-28 August 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G. and Lier J. B. van (2007) Adapting UASB technology for sewage treatment in Palestine and Jordan. Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, 23 - 27 September 2007, Queensland, Australia.

Mahmoud N., Zeeman G., Lier J. B. van and Lettinga G. (2007) Modifying a Conventional UASB Reactor to an Integrated UASB-Digester System for Sewage Pre Treatment in Mountain Areas with Low Temperature (15 °C) Conditions. Proceedings of the International Conference: Anaerobic digestion in mountain area (and in isolated rural zones), June 5-7 2007, Chambéry, France, pp.9.

Yahya M. K. and Mahmoud N. (2007) Obstacles and incentives of applying anaerobic technologies of sewage treatment in the Mediterranean Region. Poster presented in the International Conference: Sustainable Development and Management of Water Resources in Palestine”, 25-28 August 2007, Amman, Jordan.

Al-Sa`ed R., Mahmoud N., Abu-Madi M. and Zimmo O. (2007) Enhancement of waste stabilization ponds efficacy using local fixed film materials. Proc. Kalmar ECO-TECH ´07 and The Third Baltic Symposium on Environmental Chemistry, Kalmar, Sweden.

Mahmoud N. and Lier J. B. van (2010) Enhancement of an UASB-septic tank performance for decentralised treatment of strong domestic sewage. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, October 31st to November 4th, 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mahmoud N., Mels A. and Lier J. B. van (2010) Olive Mills Waste: Pollution threats for watershed in Jordan. Proc. Linnaeus ECO-TECH’10, International Conference on Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Energy from Waste, Remediation of Contaminated Sites and Emissions Related to Climate, November 22-24 2010, Kalmar, Sweden.

Mahmoud N., Mels A. and Lier J. B. van (2010) Anaerobic treatment of olive mills water: potentials for watershed protection in Jordan. Proc. Linnaeus ECO-TECH’10, International Conference on Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Energy from Waste, Remediation of Contaminated Sites and Emissions Related to Climate, November 22-24 2010, Kalmar, Sweden.

Atf Allah M. Y., Al-Nozaily F. A. and Mahmoud N. (2012) Anaerobic sewage treatment of Sana’a using a pilot scale UASB reactor.The 10th Gulf Water Conference, 22-24 April 2012, Doha-Qatar.

Mahmoud N. (2012) Anaerobic treatment of strong domestic sewage in upflow reactors under fluctuating ambient temperature.Proceedings of the Water Crisis and Agricultural Development in Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie, Tulkarm, May 21-22, 2012.

Abed S. N., Mahmoud N. and Sharma S. K. (2012) Potential of constructed wetlands for further polishing of pre-treated wastewaters. Proc. Linnaeus ECO-TECH’12, The Eighth International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies and Institutions in the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region, and the World. Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects, Kalmar, Sweden, November 26-28, 2012, pp.121-134.

Mahmoud N. and Sharma S. K. (2012) Effect of the effluent wastewater quality on the performance of soil aquifer treatment (sat) system. Proc. Linnaeus ECO-TECH’12, The Eighth International Conference on the Establishment of Cooperation Between Companies and Institutions in the Nordic Countries, the Baltic Sea Region, and the World. Conference on Natural Sciences and Environmental Technologies for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, Remediation, Emissions Related to Climate, Environmental and Economic Effects, Kalmar, Sweden, November 26-28, 2012, pp. 436-454.

Reports:

Mahmoud N. (1997) Anaerobic hydrolysis of domestic wastewater with emphasis on the effects of pH and sewage strength. MSc thesis, S.E.E 009, March 1997.

Mahmoud N. (2004) Wastewater treatment for Al-Fara’a Refugee Camp (Fara’a/Palestine), LeaF feasibility study, 24 – 31 December 2004.

Mahmoud N. (2004) Appropriate Solution for Waste Olive Mills (Jerash/Jordan), LeaF feasibility study, 24 – 31 December 2004.

Mahmoud N. et al. (2012) Hydrogeological Characterisation of the Domestic Wells Tapping the Mountain Aquifer of the West Bank. Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit university, Ramallah, Palestine, May 2012.

Mahmoud N. (2012) Effect of the Effluent Wastewater Quality on the Performance of Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT) system in an arid region. Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit university, Ramallah, Palestine, July 2012.

Professional Journals:

Mahmoud N., Zimmo O., Zeeman G., Lettinga G. and Gijzen H. (2004) Perspectives for Integrated Sewage Management inPalestine and the Middle East. Water21 (April 2004)

 

10. Awards

1. The Palestinian Water Authority awarded Nidal Mahmoud for publishing the best research in the water fields in Palestine over the year 2008-2010.

2. The superior council of the University of BLAS PASCAL (UBP) in Cordoba/Argentina awarded Dr. Nidal Mahmoud with the distinction of visiting professor (Resolution superior council No 03/2010 dated February 12th 2010) to the UBP based on his experience in the field of environmental engineering, especially in the water treatment.

3. During the Anaerobic Digestion World Congress in Montreal, Canada (August 30 – September 2, 2004) the winning project of the second Lettinga Award was made public. Before doing so, the jury judged about 30 project proposals on quality, innovative character, and applicability in practice. The project I (Nidal Mahmoud) submitted “Application of a UASB-digester system for treatment of domestic sewage under Mediterranean temperature conditions” finished second in a very close race with the winning project of Madalena Alves from Portugal.

 

 

 

 

11. Staff Exchange Missions

I have been hosted for the sake of scientific research and staff exchange four times by prominent academic and research institutions:

  1. UNESCO-IHE Institute, The Netherlands during the period 15-6-2009 and 15-7-2009; during this period I worked on the development of teaching materials (chapters, power point, case studies, exams, and video recorded lectures) as part of three e learning modules, namely:

1. Industrial wastewater treatment and residual management

2. Urban drainage and sewerage

3. Modelling sanitation systems

  1. Sub-department of environmental technology of Wageningen University, The Netherlands during the period (1-31)–8-2008; during this period I supervised two MSc and PhD students working on a wastewater treatment technology that I developed during my PhD research period.
  2. UNESCO-IHE Institute, The Netherlands during the period 21-6-2006 till 21-9-2006); during this period I conducted a comprehensive literature review on leachate characterization and treatment targeting groundwater protection particularly in developing countries.
  3. Water research and study centre, Jordan University, Jordan during the period 4-8-2004 till 4-9-2004; during this period I visited almost all of the Water and Wastewater Institutions and the wastewater treatment plants in Jordan; I revised the setup and inter-relation of those institutions, and revised the process performance of the various types of wastewater treatment plants in Jordan.

 

12. Motto in life

“One person can not build a house, but 10 persons can build 10 houses”

Hasan Fat'hy (Egyptian Architecture)

 

 

13. Annex

A1. Projects team member, technical advisor and manager

ONGOING PROJECTS (NEW)

 

Natural systems for wastewater treatment and reuse (NATSYS) (October 2009-August 2013)

My role: project team leader of BZU team and principal investigator

Project description: the project main focus is to investigate and develop natural systems for wastewater treatment.

Project partners: Birzeit University-Palestine, UNESCO-IHE – The Netherlands, King Abdallah University for Science and Technology - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Cali University-Colombia

Impact of Untreated wastewater on natural water bodies: Integrated risk assessment (UWIRA) (May 2010 – May 2014)

My role: project team leader of BZU team and principal investigator with a half time post doc position

Project description: the project main focus is to investigate the interaction between wastewater flowing in open surface water bodies – WADIS – and groundwater quality; the study area is Wadi Fara’a water shed;

Project partners: Birzeit University-Palestine, Al Najah National University – Palestine, UNESCO-IHE- The Netherlands,

Integrated low cost anaerobic-aerobic biological systems for grey water treatment capable of natural removal of organic, nitrogen and pathogens (DILCA): (July 2009-July 2010)

My role: Overall project team leader and principal investigator

Project description: the project main focus is to develop efficient low cost technology for grey water treatment; the envisaged technology consists of an integrated anaerobic reactor followed by and enhanced aerobic trickling filter; the system will be developed for organic, nitrogen and pathogens removal.

Project partners: Birzeit University-Palestine, Sana’a University – Yemen,

Hydrogeochemical characterization of the presence of arsenic in the Puelche aquifer in the area of Mataderos – Buenos Aires city, Argentina, and in the Mountain Aquifer – the West Bank, Palestine (HYDRAS) (February 2010-February 2011)

My role: project team leader of BZU team and principal investigator

Project description: The aim of this research project is to study the groundwater quality with emphasis on arsenic in order to characterize the geochemical nature of aquifers and suggest possible mechanisms which explain its presence and mobility in the two selected regions of Palestine and Argentina.

Project partners: Birzeit University-Palestine, Blas Pascal University-Argentina

PREVIOUS PROJECTS (Examples)

Community Onsite Anaerobic Sewage Treatment In Hybrid and UASB - Septic Tank Systems (May 2006 – May 2007)

Project Financing: PoWER Collaborative Research Initiative (PCRI)

Strategic objectives: To promote research and develop an integrated approach for municipal wastewater management in Palestine, Yemen and Zimbabwe at low cost which alleviates the pressure on scarce water resources, prevents environmental, particularly surface and groundwater, pollution and prevents human health hazards

MEDA project (January 2003- April 2007)

Project Financing: EU/Client Name: Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit University

Task: Member of the Technical Team, Sanitary Engineer: treatment concept formulation and design of UASB reactor (~400 person) design and technical drawings, trainer within the project tasks.

TEMPUS JEP project (September 2004- August 2006)

Project Financing: EU/Client Name: Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit University

Task: Project team member, M.Sc. Program Developer.

UNESCO-FLANDERS FIT Capacity Building and Training on Environment Planning and Management: Phase-II  (December 2004 – May 2006)

Project Financing: through UNESCO/Client Name: Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit University

Task: Project developer and team leader, Application of a UASB-digester system for domestic sewage treatment in Palestine. Strategic objectives: To promote research and develop an integrated approach for municipal wastewater management inPalestine at low cost which alleviates the pressure on scarce water resources, prevents environmental, particularly groundwater, pollution and prevents human health hazards.

Pre-Feasibility Study on Rehabilitation of Jenin Wastewater Treatment Plant (December – February 2004)

Project Financing: WHO, sub-contracted by Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG)

Task: assessment of the existing wastewater treatment plant performance and formulation of emergency measures

Updating Rapid Donor Assessment: LG Finance Impact Consultancy/ West Bank (March 2004)

Project Financing: World Bank, sub-contracted by Engineering & Management consulting centre

Task: The work aimed at assessing the impact of the September 2000 deep crisis in the West Bank on the physical infrastructure as well as private properties, and the impact on the budgets of national and local governments. The study report intended to highlight the financial impact of the crisis on the municipalities as service providers as well as highlight the effects on the quality of the basic municipal services provided. Ten municipalities in the West Bank (Tulkarem, Qalqilia, Anabta, Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Al Bireh, Hebron, Dora, and Bethlehem) were selected to demonstrate the impact of the crisis on their revenues, expenses, and service delivery and quality. The coping strategies adopted by the municipalities are also recorded.

AED/USAID Project (July 2004 – June 2005)

Project Financing: USAID/Client Name: Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Dept. Biol & Biochemistyr, Birzeit University, Palestine through the Ministry of Higher Education/Council for Scientific Research and Faculty of Higher Education at Birzeit University a proposal was developed and submitted.

Task: Sanitary engineer, supervision of M.Sc. students supported by scholarships from the project to work on biofilm characterization and development of a locally packaged onsite treatment system

Wasteval I and II (July 2001 - July 2004)

Project Financing: SAIL-Holland/Name of Client: Faculty of Engineering latter Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, BirzeitUniversity, Palestine.

Task: Member of the Technical Team, facility upgrading including labs development and upgrading, Sanitary Engineer and coordinator of Wasteval II (December 2002 – July 2004), supervision of three M.Sc. students offered by scholarships from the project worked on low-cost treatment technologies using integrated UASB rector/ponds system; developer of the wastewater research and demonstration pilot plant at Al Bireh wastewater treatment plant which was erected in the year 2003 The pilot plant is comprised of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) reactors complemented with post treatment and reuse option. The pilot plant provides needed facilities and domestic wastewater source for conducting research by the MSc students of WSI and thus contributes to upgrading the qualification of the involved professionals in Palestine. It also enhances environmental awareness amongst scientists, decision makers and professionals in the water, wastewater and agriculture sectors. This was achieved through several MSc researches such as the following MSc topics:

  1. Anaerobic treatment of strong sewage in an integrated UASB-Digester system
  2. Community onsite anaerobic sewage treatment in a UASB-Septic tank system
  3. Characterization of household wastewaters streams as a tool for pollution control
  4. Pathogen removal efficacy of an integrated UASB pond system treating domestic wastewater
  5. Effect of depth on nitrogen transformations for the effluent of UASB Septic Tank using duckweed and alga based waste stabilization ponds

MED-REUNET II/INCO CT project (July 2003 – December 2004)

Project Financing: EU/Client Name: Institute of Environmental and Water Studies, Birzeit University;

CORETECH (April 2000 – April 2003)

Project Financing: SAIL-Holland/Client Name: Faculty of Engineering, Birzeit University, Palestine

Task: Project team member and advisor, supervision of three M.Sc. students offered by scholarships from the project worked on low-cost treatment technologies using UASB rector for treating domestic wastewater and septage.

Task: Sanitary Engineer, data analysis and final results discussion, final reports delivery and work on hygienic assessment of Al Bireh reclaimed wastewater for processed crops irrigation: guidelines development. During the period 04 August – 04 September 04 a mission to Amman, Jordan was made within the framework of and funded by the MedReuNet II network INCO-CT-2003-502453 project. The main objective of this mission was to collect data concerning wastewater reuse and exchange of knowledge with Jordanian experts and networking. The current situation regarding wastewater treatment and reuse, management and institutional aspects, and standards and regulations in Jordan was intensively discussed with the officials and practiced wastewater engineers in addition to field visits to wastewater treatment plants.

Averda project B02-126/ Beirut/ Lebanon (October – November 2002)

Project Financing: sub-contracted by Lettinga Associates Foundation (LeAF) to provide consultancy services for designing a 2000 m3 UASB reactor for treating leachate from the solid waste dumping site of Beirut/ Lebanon. The consultancy work included

-   Preparation of the conceptual design including sizing of the UASB reactor

-   Preparation of the anaerobic design document including calculations

-   Schematic design drawings

 

A2. Organising training courses, and trainer

Organising training courses, and academic and professional events

Organizing an International Course On Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage and the Agricultural Use Of Treated Effluent, January 17 – 22, at Birzeit University, Palestine (Birzeit University, Wageningen University, and UNESCO-IHE)

Chairman of the celebrations of the World Water Day (13 April 2005) at Birzeit University. This event was organised by the Water Studies Institute at Birzeit University, Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Engineering Association- Ramallah branch.

Trainer (selected events)

Water and Wastewater Quality Analysis Program, Project Financing UNESCO/Name of Client, Water Research centre/Al Azhar University Gaza, 2000, Birzeit University, Palestine.

Lecturer in the workshop “Duckweed Use for Sewage Treatment and Use as Fodder Crop in Palestine”, Participated in a lecture entitled “Anaerobic Pre-treatment of Sewage Under Low Temperature”, Workshop organized by WEDO, August 13, 2003,Bethlehem, Palestine.

Lecturer in the International Course On “Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage and the Agricultural Use Of Treated Effluent”, held between January 17–22, 2004 at Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine.

Lecturer in the International Course On “Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage and the Agricultural Use Of Treated Effluent”, held between April 18–23, 2004 at the University of Jordan, Water Environment Research and Study Centre (WERSC), Amman,Jordan.

Lecturer in the International Course On “Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage and the Agricultural Use Of Treated Effluent”, held between May 10–23, 2004 at the Institut Agronomique Vètèrinaire Hassan II, Rabat Morocco.

Lecturer in five training courses within the framework of the Meda project, held during the period June 19 – August 1, 2004 atBirzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine.

Lecturer in the Course on Anaerobic Treatment of Industrial Wastewater, held during the period January 16 – 19, 2005 at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) – Lettinga Associates Foundation (LeAF), Amman, Jordan.

Lecturer in the Course on Anaerobic Treatment of Sewage, held during the period 19-24 March 2007 at the Water and Environment Centre (WEC) – Sana’a University, Yemen.