Water symbiosis

Water reuse across sectors

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Circular economy

Overview

Water is an important resource for industry and agriculture. To remain resilient against i) water shortage due to e.g. climate change or groundwater depletion and 2) increased water prices, water reuse should be considered. This project aims to realise water symbiosis cases in which water is being exchanged and being reused between different actors. The cases will act as an example in terms of technical requirements, legal boundries, economic benefits and social acceptance. Cross-border cooperation on this theme is desirable to learn from the synergies and differences between the countries. Water symbiosis realisations will contribute to a circular economy.

Creation date: 25/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Description
Bloc 1

Overall objective

This project aims to realise water symbiosis cases in which water is being exchanged between different actors such as industry, agriculture, municipalities, water utilities. By this cascading process, water reuse can be applied which contributes to the circular economy concept.

Bloc 2

Outputs

We aim for different demonstration cases in different countries within the Interreg 2 seas programme to showcase water symbiosis realisations. Demonstration cases could be: - the use of municipal effluent in an industrial process - the use of municipal effluent for agricultural purposes (e.g. irrigation) - the use of industrial effluent for agricultural purposes (e.g. irrigation) - the use of industrial effluent in a neighbouring industrial process - the use of agricultural effluent for agricultural purposes (e.g. aquaponics) We want to learn about and overcome the technical, economic, legal and social boundaries to realise water symbiosis projects.

Bloc 3

Expected result

Water reuse between different actors.

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

We aim for different water symbiosis cases in different countries which can then be multiplied in the other countries. We want to learn from each other in terms of technical approach, legal framework, awareness raising.