Final workshop of the LIFE WIRE project “Challenges of water reuse in industries: from research to implementation”
Water scarcity is an ever-growing reality and for this reason development of sustainable water strategies is no longer an option, but a necessity. Water reuse is a key strategy of water resources management. The use of regenerated water could reduce supplied water consumption and thus, enable the use of drinking water for other uses. Although this strategy is not new, its actual implementation is still low. In this sense, Cetaqua and Aigües de Barcelona organized last Thursday, March 30th an event “The challenges of water reuse in industries: from research to implementation”, a workshop within the framework of the LIFE WIRE project aimed to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of water reuse in the industrial sector.
The event attracted more than 60 attendees, including representatives of public entities, industries, companies and technology centers working on water management. The first speaker, Professor Rafael Mujeriego (Polytechnic University of Catalonia), presented emblematic cases of water reuse in industries such as the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMUD) in California and the Camp de Tarragona ERA, which demonstrated the reliability and sustainability of this practice. R. Mujeriego stressed that Catalonia has everything to become a reference for reuse at European level. Later Àlex Vega (Aigües de Barcelona) spoke about the role of regenerated water within the integral water cycle in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, leaving a clear message: the periodic droughts that this area is suffering cause the necessity of new alternatives to guarantee the availability of water resources.
In the second part of the workshop, the example of the WWTP of Baix Llobregat was presented, showing the functioning of advanced regeneration technologies that have been tested at pilot level in the framework of the LIFE WIRE project in three types of industries: chemical (Archroma) liquid waste treatment (Tradebe-Ecoimsa) and surface coating (Tacsa), adapting reclaimed water quality to its needs. The industrial partners confirmed the technical feasibilty of reusing water and in case of two industries, it would also mean cost savings. The industrial representatives mentioned that if the legislative framework existed, they would bet on implementing reuse in their facilities.
Once the workshop was finished, the attendees were invited to visit WWTP of Baix Llobregat where the prototype of the LIFE WIRE project is installed.
Download the presentations here.