Innovative cost-effective water reuse approach in compliance with the new European regulation framework for agricultural irrigation (WAter Reuse adaptation RegulatIOn agRo)

Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-WARRIOR/101074367 | Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-WARRIOR

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

Water re-use in semi-arid regions has been demonstrated as the most sustainable alternative to the use of desalinated seawater and imported water in terms of cost and environmental impact. Nevertheless, water re-use is only practised in a limited number of areas in the EU, with the main barriers identified as public perception, the cost of water re-use systems and a lack of reclaimed water tariffs to ensure cost recovery or incentivise water reuse. The European Commission created a regulatory framework (EU 2020/741) to set minimum requirements applicable to reclaimed water intended for agricultural irrigation.

Murcia is characterised to be one of the most water stressed regions of Spain and Europe. More than 80% of treated municipal wastewater volume after filtration and/or disinfection with chlorine, is used for agricultural in line with the Spanish Royal Decree 1620/2007 for water re-use. However, to meet higher quality requirements established in Directive EU 2020/741, water reclamation schemes need to be more robust, along with risk assessment methodologies, thus ensuring the removal of particulate organic matter and target microbiological indicators.


OBJECTIVES

The project LIFE WARRIOR aims to demonstrate an innovative and cost-effective water reclamation train to guarantee safe reclaimed water for crops irrigation, in line with the European regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse (EU 2020/741).

The WARRIOR Reclamation Train is based on the application of reused Ultrafiltration (Re-UF) membranes and a low energy consumption and chemicals-free (UV lamps with light emitting diodes) disinfection process. The system will be coupled with a WARRIOR Digital Tool for risk management and process optimisation, which will estimate and length membranes’ lifespans. The project will also develop Re-UF Market Place Service as a digital platform to provide an instrument to connect used-membrane providers (water utilities or administrations operating DWTP) with end-users. This treatment train will be demonstrated in Murcia.

 


RESULTS

Expected results:

Demonstration of a cost-effective treatment train that will have societal, environmental and economic benefits.

Reclamation and reuse of 550 m3 of water/day (200,750 m3/year).

Reduction of 0.044 GWh/year.


 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-WARRIOR/101074367
Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-WARRIOR
Start Date: 01/10/2022
End Date: 31/03/2026
Total Eligible Budget: 1,954,580 €
EU Contribution: 1,172,748 €
Project Location:

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA
Legal Status: PRIVATE
Address: CARRETERA D'ESPLUGUES 75 LOCAL 1-2, 08940, CORNELLA DE LLOBREGAT BARCELONA, España
Contact Person: Eric Santos Clotas
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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

THEMES

  • Water scarcity and drought
  • Waste use
  • Waste water treatment

KEYWORDS

  • decision making support
  • water saving
  • waste water treatment
  • waste use
  • water monitoring
  • water reuse
  • water supply
  • pollutant elimination
  • waste water reduction
  • water pollution
  • irrigation
  • water treatment
  • pollutant monitoring
  • drought
  • scarcity
  • tertiary treatment

TARGET EU LEGISLATION

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/741 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on minimum requirements for water reuse (5.6.2020)
  • Directive 91/271 - Urban waste water treatment (21.05.1991)
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • COM(2012)0672 - Report on the Review of the European Water Scarcity and Droughts Policy (14.11.2012)
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.2008)
  • COM/2020/98 - A new Circular Economy Action Plan For a cleaner and more competitive Europe (11.03.2020)
  • Directive (EU) 2018/851 amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (30.05.2018)

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
CETAQUA, CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL AGUA, FUNDACION PRIVADA Coordinator
AQUATEC PROYECTOS PARA EL SECTOR DEL AGUA SA Participant
EMPRESA MUNICIPAL DE AGUAS Y SANEAMIENTO DE MURCIA SA Participant