Responding to the growing problem of water scarcity, treated wastewater is now commonly used as a reliable water substitute for various applications. The expanding needs for water — in terms of both quality and quantity — render such reuse an urgent necessity.
Today, sustainable and safe urban water cycles have become one of the top policy agendas of many countries worldwide. In Europe, the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action aims to consolidate existing data related to reuse, and addresses the challenges associated with it. A new group within the COST Action programme, the NEREUS COST Action was recently established to focus on new and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse.
At a NEREUS COST Action meeting (24–25 April 2017) at the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus, Serena Caucci of the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) joined experts in discussing the latest risks and opportunities around the use of wastewater.
Organised by the Blue Circle Society, the Cyprus meeting aimed to fill the significant gaps-of-knowledge within COST Action. The two-day meeting also provided good ground for fruitful collaboration. Next steps have been identified to move forward towards the achievement of the sustainable use of wastewater.
For more about the meeting, and UNU-FLORES research on wastewater use, see the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.