Skip to main content

Development of cost-effective reclamation technologies for domestic wastewater and the appropriate agricultural use of the treated effluent under (semi-) arid climate conditions

Objective

Domestic wastewater is more and more regarded as an important water resource in particularly arid climate areas. Development of cost-effective reclamation techniques will stimulate the usage of this potential resource. In the current proposal, the project partners are aiming to develop such techniques, making a direct link between wastewater treatment and agricultural production, and in the mean time studying the impact of the water quality on the agricultural production systems ( including soil and health risks). The core technology for BOD removal will consist of an anaerobic treatment step avoiding any energy demand. This will be followed by appropriate post-treatment for meeting reuse criteria. Based on the effluent criteria, the most suitable water distribution / irrigation system will be researched coupled to agricultural production systems. In addition, a bottom-up approach will be followed in which the agricultural demand sets the effluent criteria and, consequently, the specifications for the treatment system. The advantage of the latter approach is that a low-grade application (e.g. cotton production, trees, animal fodder) will require only a plain, low-cost technique.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Bomenweg 2
6700 EV Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (5)

BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY
Palestine
Address

Birzeit
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Greece
Address
Kastorias
71110 Iraklion
NATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE
Egypt
Address
Tahreer Street
12622 Cairo
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ireland
Address
University Road
90 Galway
UNIVERSITY OF JORDAN
Jordan
Address
Salt Road
Amman