Six case studies and only one mission: create next-generation water resource solutions
Oct 22 2021
Increasing the sustainability of water consumption by enhancing its reuse is the main aim of the WATER-MINING project. A total of 6 case studies throughout Europe will demonstrate how the recovery of secondary materials from seawater, industrial and urban wastewater is possible, including energy and water fit-for-purpose.
The water value chain includes water in three different forms – as a resource, consumable, and durable. In this context, the WATER-MINING Case Studies (CS) have been designed to correspond to each one of these forms and to address the different needs of the water users:
The development of alternative water resources is increasingly emerging as essential, with desalination and water reuse expected to play a key role in this development, especially in water-stressed regions. To help further this, WATER-MINING foresees two large-scale demonstrations at desalination plants in Lampedusa, Italy (CS1) and Almería, Spain (CS2). Both will demonstrate innovative processes to save energy and recover high-quality salts.
Urban water consumption is just a small fraction of the total human water reuse but is considered a potential alternative source of water and various materials. To address these challenges, three large-scale demonstrations are planned within WATER-MINING in Portugal (CS3), Cyprus (CS4) and Spain (CS5) aiming to recover nutrients from wastewater and achieve zero liquid discharge to minimize water consumption.