CERTE was established in 2005, and operates under the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Tunisia. Its mission is to carry out research innovation activities and technological development in water sector and to transfer the scientific results to the socio-economic sectors. The Center is a part of the Borj-Cedria Technopark, specialized in Water and Environment.
CERTE focuses on research in the following areas: water treatment; reuse and recycling of urban water; reuse of industrial wastewaters; adapting and up-grading the wastewater treatment technologies; water pollution prevention and its environmental impact and human risk assessment; local water management at the urban, rural and industrial levels; climate change impact; reservoir geology; geophysics of deep aquifers; geostatic and geomatics engineering; identification, characterization and resolving problems of scaling; mineralization of carbonates, iron, phosphate and nitrates in water; distribution network of drinking water; and water desalination.
CERTE has the following three laboratories: Geo-Resources Laboratory; Wastewater Treatment Laboratory; and Natural Water Treatment Laboratory.
CERTE has expertise in: analysis and treatment by membrane technologies for industrial water and desalination; capacity-building for water resource investigations (geophysics and geochemistry); physical-chemical and microbiological characterization (analysis of water, waste, and sediment); analysis and services for academic, economic and industrial institutions (SEM, RX, AFM, GCMS, HPLC, GIS and LCA); wastewater treatment expertise, plant designs and diagnostics; and pilot plants for innovative investigation and optimization studies.
CERTE is looking for partnership with industry and academia in order to contribute to the water sciences and technology development.