Thomas Pettersson

UniversityChalmers University of Technology
DepartmentArchitecture and Civil Engineering
DivisionWater Environment Technology
Keywordsdricksvatten, dricksvattenförsörjning, ledningsnät, distributionsnät, råvattenskydd, riskanalys, riskhantering drinking water supply, pipe network, distribution network, raw water protection, risk analysis, risk management

Website Chalmers University of Technology, in Swedish
Website Chalmers University of Technology, in English
Networks/thematic areasGlobal Sustainable Futures (GSF)
SDG:s3. Good health and wellbeing, 6. Clean water and sanitation, 11. Sustainable cities and communities
RegionsSub-Saharan Africa
CountrySydafrika, Namibia

Reasearch / work
Thomas is professor in drinking water engineering, at the Department of Water environment technology, and vice director of GMV. Thomas leads a pilot project within Global Sustainable Futures (GSF) aiming at mapping all water researchers within both Gothenburg University and Chalmers and their collaborations with Low and middle income countries (LMICs). Thomas also leads the research center DRICKS which is a collaboration between Chalmers, SLU, Lund University, and 11 Swedish drinking water producers (municipal water supply). DRICKS is a research program that consists of several sub-projects that aim to contribute to a safe and healthy drinking water supply. Within DRICKS, research is conducted throughout the water system - from source to a tap. Thomas supervises several doctoral students. In the sub-area of ​​distribution networks, I work with analysing health risks and the need for risk-reducing measures, where renewal of water supply networks is an important measure from both a health and economic perspective. Modeling of pollution transport in water sources aims to investigate how pollutants and infectious substances are transported in raw water sources to water intakes, at the waterworks, and what health risks this entails for drinking water consumers. I also work with assessing which risk-reducing measures are most effective, from both an economic and a health perspective.