Treated waste water re-use: EU projects assist Mediterranean partners acquiring new technologies

Thirty four participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia have taken part in a training on treated waste water re-use and the need for innovative and adaptable technologies organised by the EU-funded projects Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) and Sustainable Integrated Water Management - Support Mechanism (SWIM-SM).
The four day training, held in Tunis from 10 to 13 April 2012, brought together practitioners, managers and decision-makers from water and wastewater authorities, environmental agencies, health departments, in addition to junior university staff in fields related to desalination and waste water treatment, according to a press release.
The training introduced participants to state-of-the-art wastewater treatment and reuse schemes, including Best Available Technologies (BAT) in rural/local areas, adaptable treatment technologies and effluent standards for various reuse purposes, while highlighting the risks involved. Special emphasis was given to artificial recharge with treated wastewater technologies, and their role in wastewater reuse schemes, as well as on the state-of-the-art in desalination processes and their economic, energy and environmental impacts.
Mr. Mufid Duhaini, Head of the Wastewater Department at the Ministry of Energy of Water in Lebanon said, “This workshop answered a lot of questions on how, where and when treated wastewater can be reused especially for aquifer recharge”.
Reflecting on the positive outcome of the initiative, Ms. Rashida Lyazidi from the Ministry of Energy, Minerals and Water of Morocco stated that she gained a deeper understanding of the EU legislation with regard to wastewater treatment and reuse schemes, as well as enhanced capacity accurately to evaluate the application of Soil Aquifer Treatment for aquifer recharge.
On the last day of the course, site visits were organized to the constructed wetland for wastewater treatment in Jougar, to the pumping station and the irrigated perimeter with treated wastewater in Soukra,  and to the urban agriculture project using treated grey water and harvested rainwater of the Club UNESCO also located in Soukra.
The Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) aims to support the implementation of the Horizon 2020 Initiative Road Map and Work Plan through capacity building and awareness raising activities, and to promote integration/mainstreaming of environment issues into other sector policies.
The Horizon 2020 initiative aims to improve the quality of life of more than 420 million citizens living in the 25 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is an umbrella programme drawing together all the policies, strategies and action plans for enhancing environmental protection.
Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) is a Regional Technical Assistance Programme launched by the European Commission, with a total budget of approximately €22 million, to contribute to the extensive dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region.
The Programme carries forward the results achieved by two earlier EC regional programmes, SMAP (I, II and III) and MEDA Water. SWIM consists of two major Components, which are inter-related and complement each other: a Support Mechanism funded with a budget of €6.7 million and Demonstration Projects funded with a budget of €15 million. (EU Neighbourhood Info Centre)
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Press release
Sustainable Water Management and De-pollution of the Mediterranean – fiche and news
Sustainable Water Management and De-pollution of the Mediterranean - website
Horizon 2020 CB/MEP webpage
Horizon 2020 - website
EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – environment
ENPI Info Centre interview on H2020 – Battling to beat pollution in the Mediterranean Sea

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