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Swedish Water Award for best master's thesis

Published: 11 June 2020

Emelie Hedlund Nilsson, former student at Luleå University of Technology Master Programme in Natural Resources Engineering, wins the Swedish Water Award for best master's thesis in urban water engineering. The winner is awarded SEK 25,000.

"Great fun and very inspiring", says Emelie Hedlund Nilsson, who currently works as municipal PhD candidate in the DRIZZLE competence center at Luleå University of Technology.

Emelie Hedlund Nilsson sums up her thesis Biological separation of iron and manganese in groundwater works - A study in Klöverträsk with regard to preparation periods and seasonal variations in raw water quality as follows in the thesis abstract:

Groundwater is an important source of fresh water on earth. A source that is also affected by climate change. Climate change is expected to influence both the groundwater quality and the groundwater level, where elevated levels of iron and manganese in the groundwater are to be expected. In Sweden guideline values are set for iron and manganese in drinking water, which means that waterworks that use groundwater as raw water must treat the water when the guidline values are exceeded.

Pictures from the thesis Biological separation of iron and manganese in groundwater plant

"I would like to thank the municipality of Luleå for the cooperation that made the study possible. This price came as a surprise and means a lot to me. I will buy a cake for those at Luleå municipality who helped me when I built the experimental plant and gave me permission to do the study at one of their waterplants.", says Emelie Hedlund Nilsson.

Emelie Hedlund Nilsson

Emelie Hedlund Nilsson, Municipal PhD

Organisation: Urban Water Engineering, Architecture and Water, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering