News from the water reuse sector

Stay informed, get the latest news from WRE and our selection of online water reuse sources on the latest project developments in Europe, research and innovation in the sector, new policies and events.

UN World Water Development Report 2019: Leaving No One Behind

It's World Water Day!

The UN sustainable development goal number six is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Access to clean water is distinctly recognised as a human right. However, despite the significant progress made since this goal was made, in 2015 there were still 2.1 billion (three in ten) without access to safe drinking water, and 4.5 billion with no safely managed sanitation facilities.

water droplet

This new UN Report shows the collaboration and dedication needed to move forward to get everyone clean water access, especially those who have been left behind. It highlights the disparities, including geographic and socio-economic differences – half of those without access live in Africa, and people in makeshift accommodation often pay 10 to 20 times more for water of a similar or lesser quality compared to nearby wealthier neighbourhoods. Marginalised groups and those discriminated against due to factors such as religion, gender, age, or race are more likely to have less access to proper water and sanitation. 

The report also highlights the fact that refugees and displaced people are at their highest numbers, and often face barriers to water supply and sanitation. 68.5 million people were displaced due to conflict and persecution in 2017, and 25.3 million are forced to migrate because of natural disasters annually -  a number expected to continue to rise due to climate change. Furthermore, water-related conflicts are on the rise – 263 in 2010 to 2018, up from 94 in 2000 to 2009.

The report shows that investing in water supply and sanitation makes good economic sense. The return on investment is high, especially when related benefits such as health and productivity are taken into account. The multiplier for return on investment is estimated at two for drinking water and 5.5 for sanitation. 

All the details can be found in the UN Report here. 

Posted Friday 22nd of March 2019

Heineken announces 'Every Drop' water ambition for 2030

The Dutch brewer Heineken has announced their new initiative Every Drop Counts, focusing on ensuring the water used to make their beer is given back to the watershed in water-stressed areas by 2030. This is to support the UN sustainable development goal number six, dedicated to water protection. Over the last decade, the company has managed to decrease their water usage by 32%, saved €15m in water savings, and 18 of their plants in water-stressed areas have already begun to implement water balancing action plans. Their goal is to use only an average of 2.8 hectolitres of water for every hectolitre of beer - compared to their current average of 3.2 hectolitres – by 2030.

Heineken is taking a triangular approach to their new initiative, part of which is focused on water circularity. This includes finding ways to reuse their wastewater, instead of just treating it. They not only intend to increase their own water reuse, but also give the treated water to farmers, businesses, or communities local to their breweries for reuse. 

Read Heineken’s full media release here.

beer pouring into a glass

Posted Thursday 21st of March 2019


Many thanks to Ecofilae for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Wednesday 27th of February 2019

WRE member and water recycling Company, Aquabio, goes the extra mile to fight climate change

For the second year Aquabio have successfully encouraged their employees to ditch their cars and instead use pedal power!

Employees of Worcester based company Aquabio face the normal challenge of the rush hour each morning and evening as they make their journey to work. Some have chosen to commute to work by bike, as a means of avoiding the traffic jams, and the stress that congestion brings. Seeing the true benefits that cycling can have, whether it be commuting to work or for leisure, Aquabio created SHIFT to encourage others to start cycling, and in the process help the environment and reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.

SHIFT (Sustainability and Health in Future Transport) was created in 2017 as part of Aquabio’s corporate social responsibility campaign, to reduce emissions, improve air quality and support the physical and mental health of their employees.

The SHIFT initiative involves Aquabio employees logging their kilometres using Strava, while cycling for work or leisure. For every kilometre cycled, Aquabio donates 2.5 pence to a nominated charity, which is accumulated and presented at the end of each year.

Since the scheme was introduced the number of regular cycle commuters has doubled, with 21 Aquabio employees registered a ride in 2018, and over 1000 commutes to the office and sites. The scheme has resulted in a donation of £927.30 split between two UK cycling charities, Sustrans and Cycling UK.


Sustrans is the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. They connect people and places, create liveable neighbourhoods, transform the school run and deliver a happier, healthier commute. To support their charitable aims, Sustrans offers a range of services to employers who want to embrace the benefits of active travel, with their expertise in behaviour change, community engagement and improving the built environment.

Cycling UK promotes all forms of cycling, inspiring people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling. In addition to this Cycling UK plays a prominent campaigning role, fighting to defend cyclists’ rights for safer roads, better infrastructure and legal protection.


Since the SHIFT initiative was launched, Aquabio employees have collectively cycled over 80,000 km, which based on an average of 118g/km of CO2 (2017 European average for new cars) equates to an impressive 9,440 kg of CO2 that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere.

Going from strength to strength, in 2018 Aquabio was awarded the Red Bull Extra Mile Workplace Awards for Best Small Business, which recognises workplaces who support active transport, including running, cycling and walking to work.

Claire Mantell of Sustrans commented: “Thank you to all our friends at Aquabio both for raising vitally need funds whilst at the same time showing other businesses, large and small, what is possible when you have the will to make a difference.”

James Palser of Cycling UK enthused: “It’s fantastic to see how the SHIFT scheme has motivated more people to start cycling to work. As the UK provider of the Cycle Friendly Employer accreditation, we know that encouraging cycle commuting leads to a healthier, more productive workforce, and hopefully other employers will be inspired by the benefits and decide to give it a go. We’re thrilled that Aquabio have chosen to channel the funds back into cycling, and this generous donation will help us continue our work to champion cycling as an activity for everyone.”

Dan Brothwell, General Manager at Aquabio decreed: “For the second year running SHIFT has demonstrated that a tiny incentive is enough to encourage people to use a bike as a regular means of transport. The knock-on benefits to individuals and the wider society are well documented, and at Aquabio we have good news to share, a stronger and more beautiful team, and a happier workplace. It’s a win win win win win. Win. The aim now is to try and get other companies to join the scheme.”



With over 2000 commutes since the launch of SHIFT, Aquabio shows no signs of slowing down the enthusiasm or pace, and benefits it has brought to their employees, the environment and nominated charities.

Come sun, snow, wind or rain, Aquabio are determined to make SHIFT 2019 even bigger than the last! If you are interested in joining the scheme visit
Aquabio – which operates from its headquarters in Hallow, Worcestershire – was established in 1997 and is a European Leader in industrial water treatment and reuse back to drinking water. The company has pioneered the implementation of water recycling within a wide range of industries including food and drink, bio fuels, pulp and paper, landfill and leachate and pharmaceuticals.
Aquabio is part of the Freudenberg Group, a global company which operates in 60 countries worldwide.

Posted Friday 22nd of February 2019

The European Parliament endorses rules to promote agricultural reuse

Plans to counter water scarcity by facilitating the reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation were endorsed by the European Parliament on Tuesday 12th February with 588 votes in favour, 33 against it and 66 abstentions!


Read more here



Posted Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Minimum requirements for water reuse in Agriculture

Plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation have been backed by European Parliament Environment Committee on January 22nd. The draft legislation, adopted with 53 votes in favour, one against, and four abstentions, will be put to a vote by the full House this month in Strasbourg.

Read more here

Posted Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Beer-brewing Trappist monks put faith in a plant based water recycling and reuse system to reduce water footprint

A Cistercian monastery on the Dutch-Belgian border is the first brewery in western Europe to construct a plant-based water filtration system for reuse in their beer making process

Read more here

Posted Tuesday 12th of February 2019


Thanks to Vito for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!


Posted Friday 25th of January 2019


Thanks to IWVA for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!


Posted Wednesday 16th of January 2019


Thanks to IRSA for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Wednesday 16th of January 2019


Thanks to Pidpa for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!



Posted Tuesday 15th of January 2019

Happy Holiday Season

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year! We will be back online on the 7th January. The Water Reuse Team


Posted Friday 21st of December 2018


Thanks to Thames Water Utilities Limited for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Monday 3rd of December 2018

Water Reuse Europe Newsletter November 2018

The first Water Reuse Europe Newsletter is here!

Featuring articles from our members, reuse schemes and projects and the latest water reuse news and events, the quarterly Water Reuse Europe Newsletter has arrived!

In this quarter, learn more on how resilience is being delivered through water reuse in Belgium, discover the unique Indirect Potable Reuse experimental demonstrator in France and find out more about an EU project on water reuse in the petrochemical industry.

Read the newsletter here

Posted Monday 12th of November 2018

Dutch technology to reuse 100% of fruit and veg washing water

VAM Watertech, known in the fruit and vegetable sector for its innovative and reliable solutions to reuse the washing water of horticultural products, has expanded to the Iberian Peninsula.

Working in partnership with Martinmaq, renowned manufacturer of machines and complete processing lines in the Spanish market, VAM Watertech will offer its solutions with the full support of Martinmaq. With VAM systems, it possible to fully reuse wastewater (from 10 m3/hour to 800 m3/hour), while eliminating moulds, spores, pesticides and bacteria, significantly contributing to improving food safety and extending the shelf life of products.

Find out more

Posted Friday 2nd of November 2018

Using recycled water to make concrete

In a UK first, Yorkshire Water used treated water from a wastewater treatment plant to produce concrete. Yorkshire Water transferred the treated wastewater to Tarmac, a construction solutions provider, to produce concrete slabs at its site in Bradford, UK.
The concrete slabs will be used as foundations for a National Test Centre for emerging water technologies. The concrete slabs will be tested over time to assess their strength, colour and long-term weathering properties in order to confirm if the product is suitable for widespread use. If successful, Yorkshire Water will look to further develop their water reuse supplies for concrete manufacturers and other business users across the whole region.
Find out more here

Posted Thursday 18th of October 2018


Thanks to FIRMUS France for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!


Posted Wednesday 12th of September 2018


Thanks to Vendée Eau for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Monday 10th of September 2018


Thanks to KWB - Kompetenzentrum Wasser Berlin for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Wednesday 29th of August 2018

WRF Request Research Proposals on Antibiotic Resistance In Reuse And Wastewater Applications

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is accepting proposals for Critical Evaluation and Assessment of Health and Environmental Risks from Antibiotic Resistance in Reuse and Wastewater Applications.
The goal of the project is to examine approaches to quantify public health and environmental risks related to antibiotic resistance in reuse and wastewater applications.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized antibiotic resistance as “one of the three greatest threats” to human health, and has highlighted the need to develop standards addressing AR occurrence in the environment, specifically in reuse water and wastewater (WHO, 2015).
Find out more about the request for proposals here

Posted Friday 24th of August 2018

EU Horizon 2020 Project SubSol: Final Meeting

The Horizon 2020 funded project SubSol will be holding its final project meeting on the 29th and 30th of August in Brussels. The project has focussed on bringing coastal subsurface water solutions to the market as robust answers to freshwater resource challenges in coastal areas. 

A seminar will be held on the 29th August in the Crowne Plaza in Brussels, featuring project conclusions, water reuse policy development and experiences from end-users, as well as round table discussions. A site visit to Dinteloord will take place on the 30th August, featuing tours around the sugar factory, tomato growth on reused water from sugar beets, the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) reuse system and the well field.


Find out more abou tthe project here

Register for the event here

Posted Wednesday 25th of July 2018

International Desalination Association Award Winners

The International Desalination Association recently handed out three water reuse awards at the 2018 IDA International Reuse and Recycling Conference in Valencia, Spain.

 The award winners were as follows:

Exceptional Utility Leader in Water Reuse and Conservation: Aqualia (Spain) 

Outstanding Professional in Water Reuse and Conservation: Dr. Val S. Frenkel, PhD (USA)

Industry Technology and Innovation Leader in Water Reuse and Conservation: Dow Water Solutions (Switzerland)

 Congratulations to all award winners!

Posted Tuesday 24th of July 2018

Public opinion as a strong barrier to water reuse

Public opinion as a barrier to the uptake of water reuse was discussed at the latest IDA International Water Reuse and Recycling Conference in Valencia, Spain.

The discussions highlighted a divergence in public opinion on water reuse between Northern and Southern Europe. In Northern Europe, public discourse focuses on pollution and keeping waterways clean, while public discourse in Southern Europe focuses on strong seasonal competition for water between users as a result of water scarcity.

The discussions highlight a potential barrier to developing European-wide water reuse regulations effectively.

Find out more here

Posted Tuesday 3rd of July 2018

Cape Town plans three aquifer recharge projects

The City of Cape Town, South Africa has outlined plans for the development of three aquifer recharge projects to tackle its ongoing droughts.

The three projects will include a 36,000 m3/d treatment facility at Cape Flats Wastewater Treatment Works, 22,000 m3/d at Mitchells Plain, and a 16,000 m3/d capacity plant at Borcherd’s Quarry. The city is looking for “a mechanical and engineering firm with experience in the design and construction of direct and indirect potable reuse schemes” to design and implement the projects.

Find out more here


Posted Thursday 21st of June 2018

Membership Renewal

Thanks to Cranfield University for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year! 


Posted Tuesday 19th of June 2018

Ecofilae project manager Remi Declercq at IWA Regional conference of water reuse and salinity management

Next week, the first IWA Regional Conference of Water Reuse and Salinity Management will be taking place in Murcia, Spain. The conference will address the problem of water scarcity induced by climate change in arid and semiarid areas, the use of non-conventional water sources in agriculture and the risk of agricultural land and groundwater salinization in areas where aquifers are significantly depleted.

Rémi Declercq from WRE member Ecofilae will be presenting on Tuesday 12th June at 12:30 on "Using cost-benefit analysis to assess economic interests of surface and groundwater recharge for indirect multi-purpose reuse: Cannes basin" in the session on socio-economic and environmental aspects of water reuse for irrigation.

Further information about the event can be found here

Posted Friday 8th of June 2018

New European Commission Proposal for water reuse

This week, the European Commission released a proposal for a new regulation on minimum requirements for water reuse. The proposal represents a huge step forward in creating a regulatory environment that better promotes and facilitates water reuse.

The European Commission is proposing minimum requirements for the reuse of treated wastewater from urban wastewater treatment plants, risk management of potential hazards and increased transparency for the general public. The new rules will help farmers make use of non-potable wastewater while alleviating water scarcity and protecting water as a finite, natural resource. The proposal will also increase clarity as to what requirements must be complied with for the production of reclaimed water.

The full proposal is available to read here

Posted Wednesday 30th of May 2018

De Watergroep renew their membership

Thanks to De Watergroep for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year!

Posted Friday 4th of May 2018

Arla Foods Milky Way Water Reuse, Denmark, wins Industrial Water Project of the Year

Arla Foods onsite wastewater treatment plant in Denmark has won the 2018 Global Water Award for Industrial Water Project of the Year.

The Danish dairy that produces mozzarella cheese produces 1,250m3/d of wastewater. This wastewater is difficult and expensive to treat due to its high concentrations of urea and local discharge costs. As a solution, the dairy now uses the Grundfos BioBooster to treat the water using pressurised biofilm reactor technology which treats up to 750 m3 of water per day, permitting 50% water reuse.

Find out more about the project here

Posted Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Video presentation by FIRMUS on their greywater recycling system

Click the icon below to watch the video presentation: 

Posted Friday 20th of April 2018

Barcelona expand their water reuse capacity in response to droughts

The Catalan water agency (ACA) has provided €4.5 million to enable the €102 million Baix Llobregat tertiary treatment and Sant Boi electrodialysis reversal plants to reach maximum production of 173,000 m3/d. The complex will treat wastewater to supplement water supply during the current period of drought in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The regenerated wastewater will initially be used for aquifer recharge, irrigation and street cleaning, with the potential for it to also be used to supplement drinking water supplies.

Find out more here

Posted Wednesday 11th of April 2018

LiqTech wins EU tender for water reuse project at Finnish power plant

LiqTech International Inc, Denmark, has won a $1.1 million EU tender to supply a turn-key water reuse project for a power plant in Finland.

The installation will include pre-treatment, ceramic ultra-filtration membranes and a reverse osmosis system. The project will enable wastewater, previously discharged for municipal treatment due to heavy metal contamination, to be reused by the power plant.

 Find out more here

Posted Thursday 29th of March 2018

Posted Thursday 22nd of March 2018

JRC Report: Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agriculture

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has recently published a report on “Minimum quality requirements for water reuse in agricultural irrigation and aquifer recharge - Towards a water reuse regulatory instrument at EU level”. This will be used to support the proposal of EU legislation on the reuse of water. The aim of the report is to recommend minimum quality requirements for water reuse for agricultural irrigation and aquifer recharge based on a risk management approach.

Water Reuse Europe welcomes this report as a useful and balanced contribution towards the development of a legal Instrument on minimum quality requirements for water reuse in the EU.

Access the report here

Posted Tuesday 6th of March 2018

European Commission proposal for a revised drinking water directive

The European Commission has adopted on 1st February 2018 a proposal for a revised drinking water directive, aimed at improving the quality of drinking water and providing greater access and information to citizens.

 Although no specific reference to water reuse is made, the proposal does emphasise helping Europe transition to a circular economy, a welcome inclusion for the water reuse sector.

 Read the full proposal here

Posted Monday 12th of February 2018

WRE Director at the International Symposium on Potable Reuse

Emmanuel Van Houtte, director of WRE, recently gave a presentation at the International Symposium on Potable Reuse on January 22-23, 2018 in Austin, TX, organised by the American Water Works Association.

His presentation, entitled ‘Preliminary Tests for Direct Water Reuse at the Torreele Facility in Belgium’ covered the history of the Torreele project for indirect potable reuse and showed the first results of the experiments that IWVA is currently carrying out with extra treatment of the RO filtrate using granular activated carbon (GAC) as a step towards direct water reuse. The GAC, followed by UV, would replace the dune infiltration preserving a multiple barrier.

 Find out more here


Posted Thursday 8th of February 2018

NEW MEMBER: Water-Link

We welcome Water-Link as a new member of WRE.


All life needs water.

Both people, their company and their environment must at all times have water in the right quantity, of the right quality, at the right time. This water must be supplied within the safety of well-thought-out infrastructures for supply and discharge of water.

Water-link offers that certainty through the production, distribution and recycling of water. Water-link develops knowledge, shares them and works on intelligent solutions to provide everyone and everything, always, with water, safely. Water-link wants to inspire everyone to really use the power of water.


Find out more about Water-link here

Posted Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Membership Renewal

Thanks to Aquabio Limited for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you for another year! 




Posted Friday 2nd of February 2018

World’s largest industrial membrane bioreactor and electrodialysis reversal units

Bashneft-Ukaneftekhim refinery in Ufa, Russia are working with SUEZ to introduce and put into operation a complex of biological treatment facilities for water reuse.

The complex will be the world’s largest industrial facility using membrane bioreactor (MBR) and electrodialysis reversal (EDR) technologies. The facilities will treat up to 84 million litres of wastewater per day for reuse. The equipment will be serviced by SUEZ as part of a 15-year contract. 

Find out more here

Posted Friday 26th of January 2018

Survey reveals 30% expected water reuse revenue growth by mid-2018

In a survey conducted by the publication Water desalination + reuse on 347 industry professionals globally, water reuse revenues are expected to grow by 30% globally and by 24% in Europe by mid-2018.

The survey also found that respondents rated water scarcity as the most important driver of water reuse, with the second most important driver being rated as water cost. When ranking technologies that can be applied to water reuse, respondents reverse osmosis to be ranked as the most effective.

The survey forms part of a full report released by Water desalination + reuse entitled Water Reuse: Drivers, Innovations and Public Perceptions. The full report can be downloaded here

Posted Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Announcement: welcome to new Board of Directors

We are very pleased to welcome Yvan Poussade (Veolia) and Alfieri Pollice (IRSA CNR) to the WRE Board of Directors.

Find out more about our new board members here

Posted Monday 15th of January 2018

EPA releases 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium

Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the release of the 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium.

 The document provides a technical collation of existing data on the state of the potable water reuse industry. The compendium covers the extent of potable water reuse in the United States and globally, the costs of potable water reuse, treatment processes used in potable reuse and a series of case studies on both indirect and direct potable water reuse. The document aims to aid and inform the decision-making process regarding potable water reuse practices.

 The full EPA 2017 Potable Reuse Compendium can be downloaded here

Posted Friday 12th of January 2018

Membership Renewals

We would like to thank Aquatreat, CTM and FHNW for renewing their membership to Water Reuse Europe. We look forward to working with you again this year!




Posted Tuesday 9th of January 2018

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

We will be back on the 3rd January. The Water Reuse Team


Posted Tuesday 19th of December 2017

New water reuse project: Cap D'Agde golf course, France

Hérault Mediterranée Urban Community, SUEZ and Rhône Mediterranée Corse (RMC) Water Agency have joined forces on a project that will see the Cap D’Agde international golf course in France use treated water instead of potable water for its irrigation by Summer 2020.

 The project will save 235, 000 m3 of drinking water during summer, contributing 75% of the golf course’s water usage for irrigation. The project is the first in France to reuse treated water with a prefectural order.

 Read the full press release here

Posted Thursday 14th of December 2017

Turning wastewater into wine: Mexico

Italian winemaker Camillo Magoni is using reclaimed water at its La Morita treatment plant in Tijuana, Mexico to cultivate a vineyard of 800 vines for the production of red wine.

 If the experiments prove successful, treated wastewater will be transported through the arid Baja de California peninsula to the Valle de Guadalupe to irrigate the area’s vineyards. This would reduce competition for scarce water supplies with local towns.

 Read more about the project here


Posted Friday 1st of December 2017

Applying regulation to water reuse: The case of the EU

"...water reuse sectors which make positive contributions to sustainable resource management do not operate in a governance vacuum but rather require the direction and confidence that can only be offered by a progressive and enabling regulatory regime."

Read WRE Director Paul Jeffrey's article on the role of regulation for water reuse in the EU here

Posted Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Ripple Effect: Water Reuse

A new video, sponsored by Suez, has been released which promotes the need for water reuse to combat water scarcity and meet growing water demands.

The video highlights that 96% of our water usage is attributed to manufacturing and industry, of which we are currently reusing only 3-4% of this wastewater.

Watch the video here and share to support water reuse!

Posted Friday 10th of November 2017

First Water Reuse Europe Conference and Exhibition, Bruges 2017

The First Water Reuse Europe Conference and Exhibition on Innovation in Water Reuse was held in Bruges, Belgium on 9th-10th October, 2017. Sponsored by Veolia Water Technologies, Aquafin, and GE Water, the event attracted around 100 delegates and featured 23 industry-leading speakers and two site visits to local water reclamation projects, including to the world renowned Torreele Water Reclamation Scheme for indirect potable reuse. The programme covered the status of water reuse in Europe and current challenges, innovative technologies for water reuse, innovative water reuse schemes for agriculture, wastewater recycling for potable applications and industrial water reuse. The conference facilitated informative and interesting debates on the best potential growth sectors for water reuse, the importance of adapted legislative regimes for promoting water reuse and the importance of increasing public trust in reuse schemes.

The Water Reuse Europe “Most Innovative Water Reuse Scheme in Europe 2017" winner was announced as Aquabio Ltd for their water reuse solution at Bakkavor’s Cucina Sano site in Boston, Lincolnshire, UK. The installation, which became fully operative in December 2016, enables more than 80% of water used to be safely recycled.

Here is a selection of photos from the event:

We would like to thank our sponsors Veolia Water Technologies, IWA, Aquafin, GE Water and all delegates who attended the event. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Posted Thursday 9th of November 2017

$1.14 million grant awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for water reuse project

A $1.14 million grant has been awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for water reuse efforts in Africa.

 An associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Florida has been awarded the two-year grant to install a new and improved version of his NEWgenerator in Durban, South Africa. The NEWgenerator is able to generate water, nutrients and energy from wastewater without needing to be connected to sewer lines.

(Source: University of South Florida)

 The NEWgenerator mimics a miniature wastewater treatment plant, harnessing anaerobic microorganisms rather than the usual energy-intensive aeration tank. This removes the need for oxygen, converting organic material into biogas. The biogas is used alongside solar panels to generate electricity and run the NEWgenerator on its own. A multi-stage disinfection process (consisting of fine-pore membrane filtration and chlorine disinfection) produces recycled water suitable for toilet flushing and irrigation. In addition, recovered nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients can be used as fertiliser.

 Find out more here

Posted Tuesday 7th of November 2017


We welcome Pidpa as a new member of WRE.


Pidpa, with almost 700 employees, is one of the important water companies in Flanders and was founded in 1913. Over the years, with its knowledge and expertise, the company has evolved into a full water service company. 

Pidpa is a customer-oriented firm, ensuring a 24/7 service, responding promptly and respectfully to consumer complaints and queries and dealing sensitively with community issues. 

Production and distribution of drinking water in the Antwerp province for over more than 500,000 customers (1,200,000 inhabitants in 65 municipalities) remains a main business activity for the company. This includes water quality control, water services and education and sensitization on water topics.

The other important business activity is sewerage and sanitation, developed in collaboration with the municipalities. The focus here is on wastewater transport and wastewater treatment plants. Activities include the maintenance of infrastructure, the expansion and renewal of civil sewerage, 24/7 service, domestic sewerage connections, the cleaning of storm drains, the management of ditches construct, the maintenance and operation of pumping stations, construction, the maintenance and operation of  small water treatment plants and the development of a comprehensive database on sewerage.


Find out more about Pidpa here



Posted Thursday 26th of October 2017

Conference Announcement: Marjolein Weemaes, Aquafin, Belgium

Posted Friday 6th of October 2017

Conference Announcement: Speaker Jochen Henkel, Dow Water & Process Solutions

Posted Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Phil Lynch, Aquabio, United-Kingdom

Register now

Posted Thursday 28th of September 2017

Conference Announcement: Keynote Speaker Yvan Poussade, Veolia Environnement, France

Register now



Posted Friday 22nd of September 2017

Sponsorship Announcement: GE Water

Water Reuse Europe is delighted to announce the sponsorship of GE Water and Process Technologies for our upcoming First Annual Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse in Bruges on 9th-10th October 2017.


GE brings together experienced professionals and advanced technologies to solve the world's most complex challenges related to water scarcity, quality, productivity, the environment and energy. GE offers the most comprehensive set of chemical and equipment solutions, and services available, helping their customers manage and optimize their water resources and process challenges across industries and municipalities. Technologies such as Ultrafiltration, Reverse Osmosis and Electro-dialysis Reversal enable water- and waste water reuse all over the world.


Find out more here

Posted Wednesday 20th of September 2017


We welcome VITO, Belgium, as a new member of WRE.

VITO is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development.

VITO’s Water Management and Technology Department (WMT), led by Inge Genné, consists of 44 specialists (environmental engineers, hydrologists, economists, IT developers), working together to offer integrated solutions for challenges related to water quality and quantity.

We support industry, public authorities and cities to setup demonstration projects and living labs to evaluate sustainable water management concepts. WMT offers services ranging from monitoring/modelling and economic analysis to evaluating the water needs and testing of water treatment and water reuse options for industry. We provide the scientific basis for river basin management plans, monitoring and ensuring the water quality/quantity of groundwater and surface water and we study the hydrological cycle in urban areas and industrial sites.

The Flanders Knowledge Center Water (Vlakwa), an independent division of VITO, brings entrepreneurs, researchers, government and the water sector together with the aim of setting up collaborative projects through networking events and elaborating solutions for the large societal changes of today.

Find out more here

Posted Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Christophe Mechouk, Ville de Lausannes, Switzerland

Register now


Posted Monday 18th of September 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Jérôme Bortoli, Director of Vendée Eau, France

Register now!


Posted Friday 15th of September 2017

New report on Municipal Water Reuse in the U.S.

Bluefield Research, an independent advisory firm addressing the regulatory, technology, business and competitive trends impacting water, have suggested in a recent report that the capacity for water reuse is set to increase by 37% over the next 10 years in the United States.


An increased focus on resilience and water supply risk alongside increased demand is driving increased investment in water reuse. The report forecasts municipal water reuse systems will reach over US$21.5 billion between 2017 and 2027, including more than 775 projects in the development pipeline across 19 states. The report offers in-depth analysis of regulatory changes, technology trends and company strategy which are influencing the deployment of water reuse as a water resource management strategy.


Read the full report here

Posted Thursday 14th of September 2017


We welcome FIRMUS, France as a new member of WRE.

FIRMUS France is a small company based in the South of France involved in the treatment and recycling of grey water and effluent using membrane filtration techniques (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, membrane electrolysis, bipolar membrane electrodialysis, dialysis…). From research and training, to service provision, FIRMUS works with several partners to offer the best services.

Since 1997, FIRMUS has been collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) and has been involved in several research programmes and output publications focusing on grey water recycling for long-span spaceflights. This joint effort ultimately led to the design and development of a grey water recycling process on the French-Italian Antarctic Station Concordia. This process has been continuously operated since 2005 and has been safely used by more than 1,200 people.

In a context where fresh water resources are being increasingly put under pressure, FIRMUS believes that the time has now come to transfer this knowledge, inherited from their collaboration with the ESA, to practical reuse applications “on Earth” such as toilet flushing, laundry, floor cleaning or even showering.

Find out more about FIRMUS here

Posted Thursday 14th of September 2017

Sponsorship Announcement: Aquafin

Water Reuse Europe is delighted to announce the sponsorship of Veolia Water Technologies for our upcoming First Annual Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse in Bruges on 9th-10th October 2017.

WatAquafin is responsible for the development, management and funding of the wastewater treatment in Flanders ( 6 million inhabitants). The company also uses its knowledge of the water cycle to work towards an environment in harmony with water.

Flanders is a water scarce region with a water availability of less than 1,700 m3/inh/year. Each year Aquafin treats almost 1 billion m3 of wastewater to high quality standards. That is why Aquafin investigated how and where part of this water can safely be reused. To date reuse projects are set up for nature enhancement, drinking water aquifer recharge, industrial cooling water, process water, washing water and agricultural irrigation.

The Flemish industry is responsible for the consumption of about 40% of the total water consumption (cooling water excluded). Aquafin, through its subsidiary Aquaplus, implements its technological knowhow and operational experience in industrial projects that aim to integrate water reuse in the industrial process in Flanders as well as abroad. Being a member of EurEau, the voice of Europe’s drinking water and waste water service operators, Aquafin is actively involved in the policy development of reuse at the European level.


Find out more about Aquafin here

Posted Tuesday 12th of September 2017

Conference Announcement: Speaker Xavier Martinez, Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic, Spain

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Posted Thursday 24th of August 2017

NEW MEMBER: KWB - Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin

We welcome KWB (Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin) as a new member of WRE.

Founded in 2001, The Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (KWB - Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) is an international centre for applied water research and knowledge transfer. KWB links the water expertise of Berlin´s universities and research institutes, the Berlinwasser group of companies and Berlin SMEs.

According to KWB’s mission statement, the centre’s major concern is to advance scientific knowledge and to push research & development activities in the water sector. To this end, KWB designs research projects relating to all issues of the water cycle and carry them out together with our partners from academia, business enterprises and public authorities. The results contribute to keeping cities liveable also in the future. The centre’s network activities link water professionals on the national and international level.


Find out more about KWB here


Posted Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

NEW MEMBER: Vendée Eau

We welcome Vendée Eau (France) as a new member of WRE.

VENDEE EAU is a non-profit public body in responsible for the water supply in the department of Vendée (264 municipalities, 600,000 inhabitants) on the French western coast. Vendée Eau produces 40 millions m3 of drinking water per year, mainly from surface water resources, and leads the necessary investments to maintain high performances of its facilities and to provide potable water to the next generations. Vendée Eau is developing a range of solutions to prevent water shortage in the future; wastewater reuse is one the considered solutions.


Find out more here

Posted Friday 18th of August 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Els Berckmoes, PSKW, Belgium

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Posted Wednesday 16th of August 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Charlotte Boeckhaert, Vlakwa, Belgium

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Posted Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Conference Announcement: speaker Pedro Simon, Esamur, Spain

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Posted Friday 11th of August 2017

Conference Announcement: Keynote Speaker Rafael Mujeriego, President of ASERSA, Spain

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Posted Wednesday 9th of August 2017

Sponsorship Announcement: Veolia Water Technologies

Water Reuse Europe is delighted to announce the sponsorship of Veolia Water Technologies for our upcoming First Annual Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse in Bruges on 9th-10th October 2017.

Veolia is known to be a leader in water treatment technologies, and because natural resources are becoming scarce Veolia Water Technologies always innovates to help in developing access, preserving and renewing these resources. Today VWT has realized numerous references to reuse wastewater and this, throughout the world.

Find out more about Veolia here


Posted Tuesday 8th of August 2017

Microbial Risk Analysis journal releases special issue: Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Reclaimed Water

The journal Microbial Risk Analysis, edited by Omar Oyarzabal and Mary Schoen, have released a special issue focusing on “Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Reclaimed Water”.

The special issue presents current applications of quantitative microbial risk assessment to assess the uses of reclaimed waters, including a wide variety of source waters, hazards and uses. The collection of papers investigate the health risks associated with the reuse of wastewater, grey water, surface water, storm water, rain water and urine with the aim to advance knowledge of the health risks associated with the use of reclaimed water.

Read the special issue here


Posted Monday 24th of July 2017

NEW MEMBER: Ecofilae


We welcome Ecofilae (France) as a new member of WRE.

Ecofilae is an independent and innovative consulting and training company specialising in circular economy and aimed at developing services and web solutions for water reuse.
Ecofilae is involved in different projects from across the world, dealing with different types of unconventional waters: domestic treated wastewater, food industry generated organic water and salty oil produced water.  The different services provided by Ecofilae are:

  • Diagnoses; 

  • Cost-Benefits Analysis CBA; 

  • Life Cycle Analysis LCA; 

  • R&D experiments (lab and field experiments); 

  • Training sessions.

In addition, Ecofilae develops a range of collaborative digital solutions, usable as decision-making tools for stakeholders, providing a multidisciplinary expert team to build a sustainable project. The Ecofilae team operates in different fields such as: water reuse, economic studies for water reuse projects, wastewater treatment technologies and advanced processes, agronomy, irrigation and salinization processes in soils and waters, standing out through their solid skills and references. 


Find out more here

Posted Thursday 13th of July 2017

WRE Most Innovative Water Reuse Scheme Award 2017

The Award for the Most Innovative Water Reuse Scheme has arrived in our office!


Submit your application today!

Posted Friday 7th of July 2017

Water Reuse project wins Florida Water Environment Association Project of the Year Award

The Florida Water Environment Association recently chose the Central Pasco County Beneficial Water Reuse Project, the 4G Wetlands, as its 2016 David W. York Water Reuse Project of the Year Award-winner.

Since 2010, CH2M, alongside Pasco County Utilities and the Southwest Florida Water Management District, has provided a full-range of design, permitting and services during construction for the 4G Wetlands.

The 4G Wetlands consist of a 175-acre groundwater recharge wetland system constructed on uplands pastures. The system is sized to receive 5-million-gallons-per-day of reclaimed water to passively recharge the surficial and Upper Floridan aquifers, while protecting water quality.

In addition to the benefits to the aquifer and the regional water resources, the project will restore the ecological functions of the historically degraded onsite lakes and wetlands, and create 175 acres of new wildlife habitat within the 15 constructed wetland cells.

The Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals also selected the 4G Wetlands for an Environmental Excellence Award in 2017 for its outstanding environmental contributions.


Posted Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Conference Announcement: Keynote Speaker Sian Hills

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Posted Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Bottles of Purified Wastewater handed out in Los Angeles, USA

The first bottles of purified drinkable wastewater have been handed out for the first time in the Northern Hemisphere on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, USA. The Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) as collaborators in the world’s largest water purification facility, the Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), aim to demonstrate that purified wastewater can become a trusted new water resource.

Using purified water from GWRS for drinking water uses half the energy of both importing water from Northern California and of desalination of seawater. Current regulation limits the use of purified water for the replenishment of groundwater basins, despite the fact that the water generated by the GWRS facility exceeds state and federal potable water standards. However, under new state law, the agency is now allowed to distribute the highly purified recycled water for free as an educational tool. Such bottled water will be handed out for free in a tour of California, USA.

Find out more about the project from their website

Posted Wednesday 28th of June 2017

Drought in Flanders: Water reuse is now seen as part of the solution

In this interview, WRE Director Emmanuel van Houtte (IWVA) explains how wastewater recycling through aquifer recharge in Torreele can help maintain groundwater levels during periods of droughts, provide more natural value and produce safe/good drinking-water.

Watch the interview here (Flemish)


Posted Monday 26th of June 2017

Dow Water promotes circular model for wastewater reuse in industries

Water Reuse Europe member Dow Water and Process Solutions have advocated a circular model of water reuse in aid of World Environment Day. The model can help people and industries to effectively reuse wastewater through sustainable water treatment technologies, reducing waste, energy consumption and environmental degradation.

According to the UN, currently 40 per cent of the global population are affected by water scarcity. Water demand is increasing globally with an estimated need of 30 per cent more water and 45 per cent more energy by 2030.

As the resources of freshwater are limited, desalination is a vital treatment to provide clean water. Following desalination, water can be used be used in municipalities. Presently, 80% of the water then flows back into the environment without being treated or reused, polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients.

Zakia Bahjou, regional commercial manager at Dow Water and Process Solutions, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has stated that by using Dow reverse osmosis and ultra-filtration technologies for wastewater reuse, the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai has saved enough water in one year to fill 62 Olympic-sized pools. She also stated that the key water and energy-intensive industries in the Middle East such as metals, petrochemicals and energy utilities would benefit from wastewater reuse. She cited the company’s DEMOWARE project in Spain, which reuses municipal wastewater for industrial use instead of using fresh water from the river. She also stressed the importance of using wastewater for agriculture, the most water-intensive sector in the Middle East and North Africa.


Posted Wednesday 7th of June 2017

GE Signs 15-Year Service Contract to provide water treatment services to Bashnet petrochemical plant in Russia

General Electric (GE) has secured a 15 year contract from Bashnet, an affiliated company of Russia’s state owned company Rosneft, to provide water treatment and monitoring services at its petrochemical facilities in the city of Ufa. Under the 15-year contract, GE will provide a comprehensive service solution featuring advanced digital technologies to monitor filtration equipment at the plant.

The agreement, signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, means that GE Water & Process Technologies will be responsible for maintenance responsibilities for ZeeWeed membrane bioreactors (MBR), electrodialysis reversal and reverse osmosis equipment at the facility.

GE Water & Process Technologies will use its remote water monitoring system called InSight, which uses secure monitoring technology, big data and analytics to maximise performance, minimise unplanned downtime, lower operating costs and deliver better business outcomes.

Find out more about the agreement here

Posted Tuesday 6th of June 2017


Water Reuse Europe is pleased to invite submissions for its 2017 award on Innovations in Water Reuse.

The aims of this prize are to reward the professionals who are breaking new ground in the design and delivery of water reuse projects and showcase projects and initiatives which are at the forefront of reuse practice in Europe.

On the occasion of our first conference and exhibition that will take place in Bruges on the 9th and 10th of October 2017, Water Reuse Europe will present an award for the:
Most Innovative Water Reuse Scheme in Europe

Find out more about the award and how to submit an application here


Posted Thursday 1st of June 2017


We welcome DOW as a new member of WRE.

DOW combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity

Since the 1940s, DOW has been an innovator in water separation technologies, expanding and growing along the way. Today, DOW Water & Process Solutions offers the most complete portfolio of industry leading products and solutions available for the water sector, along with a team that is second to none. As the global leader in sustainable separation and purification technologies, Dow is helping customers across industries and countries make real progress in ways that not only improve productivity, efficiency and profitability, but also reduce waste, energy consumption and environmental impact.

For more information on DOW, please read the company’s capabilities brochure and I•dēum eMagazine, visit their website, or contact them at any time.

Posted Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Water reuse using Filtration and RO in beer production

A leading, global beer producer hired Argentinian-based wastewater treatment experts to engineer, manufacture and assemble an industrial wastewater reuse plant. 

The goal of the beer production reuse project was to produce demineralized, bacteria-free water to be used in steam generation, cooling systems and pasteurisers. The treated wastewater must meet high standards while minimizing water and energy consumption.

The plant’s existing wastewater treatment system used anaerobic digestion in a high-rate reactor, followed by an aerobic polishing stage with activated sludge treatment and a secondary clarifier. The new treatment train, which picks up after secondary clarification, was added to the existing system and included:

• Ultrafiltration
• Ultraviolet disinfection with medium-pressure lamps and hydro-optical control
• A cooling step
• Reverse osmosis (RO) using membranes with high salt rejection and very low fouling
• Transfer systems to service lines

Find out more about this system here

Posted Thursday 25th of May 2017

DOI, USA awards $23.6m for water reclamation and reuse projects

The US Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke announced a $26.3m round of funding for strengthening water supplies in seven western states.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded $23,619,391 to communities in seven states . The funding is part of the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse program and will be used for:

• planning, designing and constructing water recycling and re-use projects
• developing feasibility studies
• researching desalination and water recycling projects

"This funding provides essential tools for stretching limited water supplies by helping communities reclaim and reuse wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters,” said Secretary Zinke.

Find out more here

Posted Monday 15th of May 2017

L’Oreal partners with SUEZ for water management – France

L’Oreal have partnered with French environmental services giant SUEZ in a 3-year agreement to improve their water management. One aim is to obtain a neutral or positive “water footprint” across some of the L’Oreal sites by optimising wastewater treatment and reuse.

L’Oréal has committed to reducing its water consumption for production by 60% by 2020, from a 2005 baseline (in litre/finished product). At the end of 2015, the group had reduced its water consumption in plants and distribution centres by 45% for the 2005-2015 period.

Find out more here

Posted Friday 12th of May 2017

WRE announces first conference!

WRE’s First Conference and Exhibition will take place in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Bruges. Designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its medieval heritage, the “Little Venice of the North” will be the perfect location to bring together companies and organisations active in the water reuse sector for a two day event packed with presentations from prestigious speakers, discussions, and technical visits including to the world renowned Torreele Water Reclamation Scheme for indirect potable reuse.

The conference will bring together reuse scheme developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants to share experiences and perspectives on the current status of water reuse in Europe. You can expect an informative experience and some lively debate as we discuss the importance and future of the European water reuse sector as a major component of the circular economy and review how recent innovations in technology and management are delivering successful reuse schemes across the continent.


Find out more about the conference here

Posted Tuesday 9th of May 2017

Canadian Oil Refinery Named Industrial Water Project of the Year

Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, was named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the annual Global Water Awards. The award recognises the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field of industrial water.

The Co-op Refinery Complex became the first refinery in North America to treat 100% of its wastewater onsite and then recycle the treated effluent for steam production. Steam is used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment and for cooling towers. The complex uses GE Water & Process Technologies’ advanced water recycling equipment in order to achieve this.

With a fully operational wastewater improvement project, the Co-op Refinery Complex’s reliance on raw water from the city aquifer will decrease by the equivalent of 3,100 households on an annual basis. By recycling 100% of its wastewater onsite, the complex significantly decreases volatile organic compound emissions from its wastewater ponds and their associated odours.

"Water is a precious resource and our wastewater improvement project allows us to be efficient and sustainable by recovering every drop of water—2 million gallons of wastewater daily … we now recycle all of our wastewater in a socially responsible and environmentally sound way to conserve water for Regina and the entire province of Saskatchewan,” Gil Le Dressay, vice president, refinery operations, Federated Co-Operatives Limited

To find out more, click here

Posted Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

Innolux to implement new water reuse systems

LCD panel manufacturer Innolux Corporation has announced that it will be implementing a new intelligence system for its water management.

The i-FM (intelligent facility management) big data, industry 4.0 system is able to reuse a single drop of water seven times. The new system allows for more effective management over the risk of water scarcity and is capable of tracking the performance of plant equipment, factory events, and water supply, allowing a better understanding of future water resources.

In 2008, Innolux adopted the world’s most advanced water recycling technology by introducing the MBR-RO systems for water reuse into its manufacturing plants. With this technology, 14 of its Taiwan-based plants averaged water reuse at 95% of their water supply. This rate of recycling far exceeds international standards. Since 2010, five of Innolux's Tainan factories have implemented a zero-waste water policy. In 2016, reports showed that these factories managed to recycle over 99.5 percent of water used during manufacturing. The company is committed to increasing their water sustainability and invested US$4.6 million in upgrading their water recycling processes last year.

Find out more here

Posted Monday 24th of April 2017

New ultrafiltration membrane developed for potable reuse of wastewater

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed new ultrafiltration membranes to remove viruses from treated municipal wastewater for potable usage.

Current membrane filtration methods for potable water use require intensive energy for the removal of pathogenic viruses. The new "zwitterionic polymer hydrogel" repels the viruses from approaching and passing through the membrane without the need for such intensive energy inputs. It contains both positive and negative charges and improves efficiency by weakening virus accumulation on the modified filter surface. This results in a significantly higher rate of removal of waterborne viruses, including human norovirus and adenovirus, which have recently been detected in potable water sources in the USA.

The norovirus, which has recently been detected in potable water sources in the USA, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans, and is estimated to be the second leading cause of gastroenteritis-associated mortality. Human adenoviruses can cause a wide range of illnesses that include the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhoea, pink eye (conjunctivitis), fever, bladder inflammation or infection, inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and neurological disease.

The full paper, published in Water Research, can be read here

Posted Friday 21st of April 2017

Emschergenossenschaft, Europe’s biggest wastewater project receives boost

Emschergenossenschaft have received 21 pumps from KSB Aktiengesellschaft for use in the Emscher sewer, also known as Emscher canal, currently Europe’s largest wastewater project.


Emschergenossenschaft is the first German water Management association founded on 14 December 1899. As a self-administering public sector entity, it is supported and financed by its members: city administrations, businesses and mining companies.

The pumps are to be employed as main pumps in two new pumping stations run by Emschergenossenschaft in Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen. The biggest pump sets each have a drive rating of 470 kW and handle up to 6480 cubic metres per hour. The casings for this variant were designed with tangential discharge nozzles by KSB engineers to achieve improved efficiencies. The impellers were also optimised to ensure excellent efficiencies without compromising on the high level of operating reliability.


The Emscher canal collects the wastewater produced by more than 1.8 million people and effluent discharged by industrial plants and commercial businesses in the area. The pumping stations in Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen are used to lift the wastewater from the eastern Emscher valley to sewer sections located at a higher level. Water then flows to wastewater treatment plants operated by Emschergenossenschaft.


Find out more about Emschergenossenschaft here

Posted Tuesday 18th of April 2017

Spain: water reuse for biofuels

Spanish car manufacturer SEAT has joined forces with water services company Aqualia to produce an innovative biofuel derived from wastewater.

Wastewater is converted to biomethane in treatment plants, by separating water from sludge and fermenting the sludge to produce biogas. After purification and enrichment, this can be used as a fuel for vehicles. The separated water can then be reused elsewhere.

By reusing wastewater and providing an alternative, renewable fuel, this project will have many positive socio-environmental effects. Converting wastewater into biofuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 80% compared to petrol fuelled vehicles. Reuse of water enhances the sustainability of this increasingly scarce resource within a circular economy framework.

To read more about the project, click here

Posted Thursday 13th of April 2017

Vitro Glass Wichita Falls, USA is a national water reuse model

The Vitro Glass plant in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA has been cited as a national model of municipality and industry cooperation for water reclamation.

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) has published a case study on the site which diverts treated, non-potable wastewater from the Northside Wastewater Treatment Plant to seven glass-cooling towers. The $1.9 billion project has reduced potable water consumption at the facility by 50 million gallons per year.

Find out more here


Posted Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Water reuse and the first European Commission Innovation Deal

Wastewater reuse is the focus for the first European Commission (EC) Innovation Deal for the Circular Economy.

The EC first announced its Innovation Deals scheme in May 2016 in order to address barriers to innovation for the Circular Economy. The non-legislative approach aims to aid innovators in navigating regulatory challenges and in bringing their ideas to market. This will be achieved through voluntary cooperation between innovators, national/regional/local authorities and Commission services. This progressive approach is inspired by the “Green Deal” Programme of the Government of the Netherlands, where a large number of Green Deals were successfully completed in support of the national Green Growth policy through regulatory clarity for innovative solutions. The scheme builds on evidence from Member States that clearer interpretation of specific regulations by public authorities could overcome two thirds of the currently perceived regulatory barriers to bringing innovation to market.

The first of these deals, on “Sustainable wastewater treatment using innovative anaerobic membrane bioreactors technology (AnMBR)”, was signed in Brussels last week (7th April 2017) by the EC and 14 partners from national and regional authorities, universities, knowledge centres, innovators and end-users. The deal aims to address legislative barriers towards wastewater reuse for agricultural purposes. Clarity in this existing regulatory framework will be given by the end of this year as a basis for investment decisions in new, innovative wastewater reuse technologies. This will facilitate a paradigm shift towards viewing urban wastewater as a valuable resource, thus promoting the circular economy and reducing water scarcity.

Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The Innovation Deals is an instrument towards a more modern and responsive administration that helps innovators facing regulatory obstacles to innovation in the existing EU legislative framework. Implementing Innovation Deals shows that we are changing as an institution, from only setting rules to being pragmatic and pro-active in helping achieve policy objectives through innovation".

To find out more about the deal, please follow the links below:

Posted Monday 10th of April 2017

Ceaqua Water Reuse Conference, 30th March, Barcelona

On 30th March, Cetaqua (Centro Tecnológico del Agua and Aigües de Barcelona) held a conference addressing and promoting the technical and economic feasibility of water reuse Catalonian industry.

The conference, entitled "The challenges of water reuse in industries: from research to implementation", was attended by more than 60 participants, including representatives of public entities, industries, companies and technology centres specialising in water management. As part of the conference, Professor Rafael Mujeriego (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) presented key cases of water reuse in industry, such as the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMUD) in California and the Camp de Tarragona water reclamation plant, the site of the DEMOWARE project from which Water Reuse Europe stems. R. Mujeriego stressed the capacity for Catalonia to become a reference for water reuse at European level.

The event was organised as part of the European Commission funded LIFE WIRE project, which aims to promote the use of urban wastewater for industrial water reuse. LIFE WIRE is more specifically looking at the capacity of different technology options in producing quality recycled water for industry.

Find out more here

Posted Thursday 6th of April 2017

Water Reuse and the Cape Town drought

The city of Cape Town is South Africa is experiencing a severe water shortage; there is predicted to be only 100 days of usable water left in the dam feeding the city.

Cape Town has urged residents to reduce their collective daily water consumption and has brought forward several emergency supply schemes in order to aid the water scarcity.
These measures include a R120 million small-scale wastewater reuse plant capable of producing 10 million litres of potable water per day alongside the Table Mountain Group Aquifer, a small-scale desalination plant.

The dam supplies potable water to the city (55% of usage), however 40% of the dam is used on farms outside of Cape Town’s municipal area. In the face of increased drought due to more drastic weather conditions as a result of global warming, Cape Town is looking towards more sustainable management of its water supply. A number of options are being considered, however wastewater reuse plants and desalination plants are expected to play a huge role. These schemes are to be implemented in the current financial year.

Read more here and here

Posted Wednesday 5th of April 2017

USA actor Kevin Costner commits to water reuse

Following the infamous BP oil spill, US actor Kevin Costner teamed up with environmentalist Eric Hoek to form Water Planet Inc. based in Los Angeles, USA.

In just over 5 years, the company has developed and commercialised products innovative products to treat oil and gas produced water. Their systems incorporate artificial intelligence based control software with smart membranes in order to treat the most challenging water at low costs.

Both Costner and Hoek are deeply committed to advancing the sustainability of the planet through water reuse.

"It took an environmental disaster to make the connection with Eric and now Water Planet, but I am proud to be involved with a team that is poised to make a fundamental difference for a world seeking solutions to ensure our water future," Costner said in a statement.

Read the full story here

Posted Monday 3rd of April 2017

New water recycling facility – Newfield Exploration Company, Oklahoma, USA

Newfield Exploration Company, a USA-based oil company, has announced plans for a water recycling facility at their Oklahoma site, which is due to be competed in the third quarter of 2017.

The facility is expected to process 30,000 barrels of water per day and will be capable of recycling both flowback and produced water using aerated biological treatment technology (natural and enhanced bioremediation). The new facility is a multi-million dollar investment, with the company having already invested more than $40 million in water management infrastructure to date.

To find out more, click here

Posted Friday 31st of March 2017

Intel Corporation receive award for new water recycling project

GE has awarded Intel Corporation with an Ecomagination Award for its new water recycling project at its Ronler Acres campus in Oregan, USA.

Once completed, the facility will recycle and reuse the water discharged from manufacturing processes for cooling towers, scrubbers and abatement equipment. It will have the potential to recycle over 1 billion gallons of water per year. The water discharged from the facility into the municipal wastewater treatment system will be of improved quality, as it will be both cooler and cleaner.

This is a great example of industry investing for the future, increasing global sustainability in the face of water scarcity, and driving business value.

Read more about this story here

Posted Wednesday 29th of March 2017

New White Paper on water recycling and reuse

A new white paper entitled “Addressing water scarcity through recycling and reuse: a menu for policy makers” has been released. This paper, issues by GE Water and Process Technologies, outlines the potential for Brazil, Mexico and Latin American countries to address their water scarcity issues through water recycling and reuse solutions.

The paper outlines water scarcity issues in this region as a result of a mismatch between the geographical location of human populations and the proportion of the regional water accounted for in these areas; for example “96% of Brazil’s population live in areas that account for only 27% of its water”.

The Latin American region has invested both politically and financially in water management, including in water reuse and recycling. The paper gives examples of initiatives that have been used in this region to increase water reuse and acts as a basis for governments to evaluate policies in order to increase water recycling and reuse.

To read the full paper, click here

Posted Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Watch WRE’s Jordi Bacardit at the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference 2017

The European Commission Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference took place on 9th-10th March in Brussels. The conference aimed to showcase the key deliverables thus far of the Circular Economy Action Plan (2015) and to debate future deliverables with key stakeholders, announcing and launching the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform.

WRE board member Jordi Bacardit presented at this conference on “Making Water Management more circular in the chemical industry” during the “Promotion of Water Reuse” session. The presentation material is available for download here (click on the presentations link), and the full session is available to watch via this link (scroll video timer to 12:38:30 to view Jordi Bacardit presenting).

Posted Monday 27th of March 2017

European Commission Statement

A joint statement by Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Hogan and Commissioner Vella of the European Commission promotes pioneering water reuse for jobs, agriculture and the environment.

The statement highlights the importance of water for human health and the environment and therefore the role of a strong water policy both globally and within the EU. It emphasises the positive impacts of the adoption of the Water Framework Directive in 2000 on the environment, but also acknowledges the current challenges to the water sector within the EU.

The European Commission emphasise their stance on moving towards a more circular economy with more sustainable management of water as a resource. They announce that in 2017 a proposal will be created encouraging increased urban wastewater reuse in the agricultural sector and for groundwater aquifers.

The full statement can be read here


Posted Friday 24th of March 2017

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017

“In a world where demands for freshwater are ever growing, and where limited water resources are increasingly stressed by over-abstraction, pollution and climate change, neglecting the opportunities arising from improved wastewater management is nothing less than unthinkable.”
– 2017 UN World Water Development Report, Wastewater: The Untapped Resource

To mark this year’s World Water Day, the United Nations (UN) has dedicated its World Water Development Report 2017 to wastewater, highlighting it as an untapped resource in reducing global water scarcity.

The overall message of the report is that wastewater should not be seen as a waste but as a sustainable and valuable resource for water.

The report estimates that over 80% of wastewater is released into the environment untreated, increasing water pollution and contaminating drinking water. Alongside rising water scarcity as a result of population growth and climate change, the treatment and reuse of wastewater is becoming increasingly important for sustainability.
The report highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of improved wastewater management. It highlights the technical aspects of effective waste water management following a circular economy perspective (the “4 R’s):
• reducing pollution at source
• removing contaminants (collection and treatment of wastewater)
• reusing treated waste water
• recovering by-products (such as energy and nutrients)

In order to achieve effective wastewater management, the report highlights the following necessities:
• suitable legal and regulatory frameworks – this is particularly necessary in regards to water reuse as there is often a lack of quality standards which deters investment in this area
• appropriate finance mechanisms – wastewater management is generally expensive and treated water undervalued
• building knowledge – including increasing data on water quality and transfer of technologies between countries
• increased public awareness and social acceptance – a greater awareness and public trust in treated wastewater is needed in order to make water reuse more viable; suggested routes are awareness campaigns, education regarding wastewater and regular health risk assessment reports

The full report can be read here

Posted Thursday 23rd of March 2017

Happy World Water Day!

Today the world celebrates World Water Day, acknowledging the importance of water to humanity globally. The theme of World Water Day is wastewater, recognising this as an important resource to increase water accessibility and availability globally.

Due to climate change and the rising demand for water, there is a necessity to increase water security on a global scale. Wastewater has immense economic benefits that can be captured and exploited. Water reuse increases water availability without the need for new resources. It avoids the negative impacts of the environment caused by releasing untreated wastewater. Water reuse provides an opportunity to recover valuable resources and reduce local, regional and global conflicts over water scarcity.

European context:
Over the past three decades, water scarcity in Europe has increased while water quality has decreased. According to the European Commission, water scarcity now affects at least 11% of the European population. On a regional scale, climate change resulting in more varied weather patterns is expected to worsen this statistic, particularly in the Southern European countries which are more susceptible to drought. The European Commission predict that, by 2030, water scarcity and stress will affect over half of the river basins in Europe. The social and economic climate means that there is an increasing demand for water. This suggests a need for a more sustainable water policy. Wastewater represents a huge sustainable resource that remains relatively untapped.

One major barrier to the exploitation of wastewater is public perception. Not only is there limited public awareness about water scarcity in Europe, and the possibility and benefits of water reuse, but there is also some resistance due to the unfounded perception that recycled wastewater is less safe or clean than water from other sources. Another barrier to the implementation of water reuse is the need for economic investment in the sewerage network. However, the economic benefits of wastewater reuse significantly outweigh their costs.

The role of Water Reuse Europe:
Water Reuse Europe was founded out of the European Union project “Demoware” and is an industry-focused, not-for-profit association. It aims to create a collective identity for the water reuse sector across Europe. This will enable the sector to grow and aid water scarcity issues across Europe. Its mission is to share good practices, knowledge, techniques, research, and experiences on water reuse to promote the safe and effective use of recycled water in Europe. Its activities are financed through membership fees received from companies, public bodies, universities, research centres, and trade and professional associations involved or with an interest in the water reuse sector.
To keep up-to-date on water reuse related information, follow Water Reuse Europe on twitter (@WREur). For more information about membership and services, please visit the website or contact

Posted Wednesday 22nd of March 2017



We welcome De Watergroep (Belgium) as a new member of WRE.

De Watergroep is the largest drinking water company in Flanders. It serves over 3 million customers in 175 Flemish communities. De Watergroep is also a partner in the expansion of municipal sewerage networks, as well as a designer of tailor-made water projects for businesses.

Posted Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

United Nations World Water Day

Tomorrow the world celebrates World Water Day, rallying awareness in the issues surrounding water supply and access to clean water on a global scale.

Due to climate change and the rising demand for water, there is a necessity to increase water security on a global scale. Water reuse presents an opportunity to do this and, for this reason, wastewater is the theme of this year’s World Water Day.

Wastewater has immense economic benefits that can be captured and exploited. Water reuse increases water availability without the need for new resources. It avoids the negative impacts of the environment caused by releasing untreated wastewater. Water reuse provides an opportunity to recover valuable resources and reduce local, regional and global conflicts over water scarcity.

This year’s campaign urges countries to increase their investment in infrastructure as a social and economic development. It features a list of stories of water reuse and wastewater reduction from around the globe. This includes a number of case studies from across Europe, including Belgium, Cyprus, Spain and the UK.

The full UN Water report can be downloaded here. For more about World Water Day, visit the official website.


Posted Tuesday 21st of March 2017

World Water Day 2017

The UN World Water Day takes place this Wednesday (22nd March) and focusses on tackling the global water crisis. This year’s theme is “wastewater”.

The vast majority of wastewater globally is left untreated. The UN aims to increase awareness about the ability to and benefits of water reuse for industry and agriculture. This will help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing water recycling and reuse by 2030.

The UN has released informative and promotions materials relating to wastewater reuse and are holding a number of events globally in support of World Water Day.

To find out more, please visit their website

Posted Monday 20th of March 2017

New Wastewater Reuse Project, USA

Sweetwater Tech Resources in California, USA, will begin operations of a water treatment plant that converts wastewater from the oil and gas industries into clean water to be used in the industrial and agricultural industries. This will aid oil producers in giving them a cost-effective alternative to transporting wastewater to disposal wells. The project aims to treat up to 4 million gallons of water per day across multiple facilities.

For the full story, click here.

Posted Friday 17th of March 2017


In an interview with Water World International entitled “Water Reuse – It’s Time To Wake Europe’s Sleeping Giant”, Professor Paul Jeffrey, chairman of WaterReuse Europe (WRE), discusses the role of WRE in putting Europe on the map for reuse of waste water.

Professor Paul Jeffrey highlights the importance of collaboration within the water reuse sector in Europe and the role that WRE will play in achieving this aim.

The full article can be read here

Posted Thursday 16th of March 2017

WRE in the media: P. Jeffrey interview by World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination

In an interview with World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination, WRE director and acting CEO Paul Jeffrey elaborates on the growing regional demand for water reuse, barriers to acceptance, economic viability, and the role played by WRE, launched in October 2016, to unify the water reuse sector in Europe.

The interview features in the Spring issue of World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination (p14).

You can read the full interview here


Posted Wednesday 15th of March 2017

MEP Water Group Public session on: Water Reuse, an effective tool to address water scarcity

On the 7th March, the MEP Water Group convened a successful public session on 'Water Reuse – an effective tool to address water scarcity' oat the European Parliament. The session was chaired by Esther de Lange, President of the MEP Water Group and hosted five high-level panellists, who presented their own perspectives on why water-reuse is a valuable solution to address water scarcity, adaptation to climate change and implement circular economy.

Emmanuel Van Houtte, a director of WRE, was one of these selected panellists and talked about "water reuse at the Flemish coast for sustainable drinking-water production in the dunes".

To access Emmanuel's presentation, as well as the presentations from the other pannelists, consult the MEP water group press release here.

Posted Monday 13th of March 2017

Recycling California’s water key to preserving supply

In this article published in the Orange Country Register, Colin Sabol, senior vice president at Xylemreports that "in response to a five-year drought, the Water Resources Control Board of Califonia recently informed legislators that regulating recycled, drinkable water was perfectly feasible. If moving forward, California would be the first state in the nation to implement such regulations."

Read the full article here.

Posted Friday 10th of March 2017

Circular Economy stakeholder conference - Brussel, 9-10 March 2017

Jordi Bacardit, one of our directors, promoting water reuse at the EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference in Brussels on the 9th March 2017.

More information about this EU event at: 

Posted Friday 10th of March 2017

Reclaiming water: The rise of wastewater recycling to meet potable water needs

The USA only recycle 10% of the 32 billion gallons of wastewater they produce on a daily basis, although the country is facing many challenges associated with water scarcity. In order to meet a continuously growing demand for freshwater, the country will have to seek new solutions and the example of the San Diego and Singapore success stories could serve as inspiring models to the development and implementation of new water recycling programmes.

But with a rise in the development of water recycling programs, IBISWorld predicts that the demand for water treatment-related goods and services will increase and push their corresponding prices up, which could raise budgetary concerns in the future.

Read the full article here

Posted Friday 24th of February 2017

WRE at AQUATECH Amsterdam

We are please to announce that WRE will be at Aquatech Amsterdam, the world's leading trade exhibition for process, drinking and wastewater.

The exhibition will take place from the 31st of October to the 3rd of November 2017. 

Come and meet us, stand 07.660A!

Posted Wednesday 22nd of February 2017

Water conservation and reuse in San Francisco

California suffers from regular episodes of droughts which put the state fresh water’s supply under pressure. In this context, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is constantly in search for new solutions to diversify its water supply sources through water conservation and water reclamation.

In a recent interview to Water Deeply, Paula Kehoe, Director of water resources for the SFPUC, provides her view on pioneering onsite water reuse in cities. To create a sustainable water future, Paula explained that “we need to honor the local context to adapt our water management strategies to our communities and avoid the one-size-fits-all approach. It’s One Water, not One Size.

Read the full interview here.

Posted Monday 20th of February 2017

New Member

We welcome Veolia Environment Research and Innovation (VERI - France) as a new member of WRE.

VERI is the research department of Veolia. It carries out the company's research in its fields of activity (water, waste management and energy). The 800 people (400 researchers, 400 field developers) located in four main research themes around Paris build and run experiments using 100 pilot testing facilities. Water reuse and desalination are major research themes of the VERI water programmes, for the development of alternative water resources for all uses: drinking water, aquifer recharge, irrigation. This theme includes different aspects such as resource management, treatment processes as well as social acceptance. Drinking water research also includes the global evaluation of the water cycle and its environmental impact.


Posted Thursday 16th of February 2017

Debate over closing the Water cycle in Malta

The freshwater demand in Malta is put under high pressure as a result of tourism and agricultural activities, especially in region where groundwater has been overexploited for such purposes. The use of recycled municipal wastewater is therefore seen as a much needed solution to protect and preserve groundwater sources, however wastewater reclamation and reuse is still highly debated on the island.

Despite the implementation of legislative frameworks for municipal wastewater reuse in a number of southern European countries (Spain, Malta...), the lack of harmonised quality standards for the reused water in agriculture could be an issue when it comes to selling goods produced in areas irrigated with reclaimed water with specific standard to other region of Europe where standards are different. Therefore, these countries have requested to the EU the implementation of a directive setting our standards to help solve such issues.

Read the full story here.

Posted Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Arizona: a step closer to Direct Potable Reuse?

In 2017, Arizona may allow direct portable reuse to relieve the current pressure on it water supply. 

The authorisation procedure will start with the proposition of a set of regulations and standards to the state authorities within the next 6 months. If approved, this could lead to the development of DPR schemes in low populated areas of the state which suffer most from water scarcity.

Read the full story here

Posted Thursday 9th of February 2017

Benefits and costs of novel water reuse systems for Net-Zero Buildings.

The Centre for Sustainable Landscape (CSL) located at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) was designed and built as a zero-net energy building (ZNEB), that is too say a building with an annual energy usage equaling the annual amount of renewable energy it generates. Claimed to be one of the greenest building in the world, the CSL treats and recycles its wastewater for non-potable purposes (i.e. irrigation, toilet flushing). This water recycling treatment system including a sceptic tank, wetlands and a sand filter (plus a solar distillation for specific applications) contributes to the net-zero building certification it received from the Living Building Challenge (LBC) in 2015.

A recent study published by Hasik, B et al. (2017)* in the journal Environmental Science and Technology evaluates "the Life Cycle Environmental Benefits and Trade-Offs of Water Reuse Systems for Net-Zero Buildings," (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03879). The study more spceifically investigates the “potential benefits and trade-offs of decentralized and centralized water systems in the context of high-performance buildings” which ultimately should help the stakeholders involved in the planning and implementation of such schemes to better evaluate the environmental implications associated with water use and recycling in ZNEB buildings.

Read the full article here:

* Hasik, V, Anderson, N.E, Collinge, W.O, Thiel, C.L., Khanna, V., Jason Wirick J., Piacentini, R., Landis, A.E., Bilec, M. M. (2017). Evaluating the Life Cycle Environmental Benefits and Trade-Offs of Water Reuse Systems for Net-Zero Buildings. Environ. Sci. Technol., 51 (3), pp 1110–1119. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03879 

Posted Tuesday 7th of February 2017

Super bowl 2017 finalist, also a water reuse champion.

This year's final of the Super Bowl will oppose the Atlanta Falcons to the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. And who knew this event would be an opportunity to promote water reuse?

Indeed the New England Patriots are also champion in water reuse. Their home town, counting 16,000 inhabitants, would not have been able to support the fresh water demands of a stadium that can welcome up to 69,000 at a single event. Therefore since 2002, the New England Patriots stadium is equipped with a wastewater recycling system for various applications including toilet flushing. The treatment system involving biological, chemical and physical processes includes membrane and ozonation technologies and allows the recycling of an average 41,000L of water per day and saves an estimated 54.5ML of water per year.

Read the full article here

Posted Thursday 2nd of February 2017

WRE's 1st Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse

Join us in Bruges in October 2017!

WRE’s First Conference and Exhibition will take place in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Bruges. Designated as a World Heritage Site by Unesco for its medieval heritage, the “Little Venice of the North” will be the perfect location to bring together companies and organisations active in the water reuse sector for a two day event packed with presentations from prestigious speakers, discussions, and technical visits including to the world renowned Torreele Water Reclamation Scheme for indirect potable reuse.

The conference will bring together reuse scheme developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants to share experiences and perspectives on the current status of water reuse in Europe. You can expect an informative experience and some lively debate as we discuss the status and future of the European water reuse sector as well as how recent innovations in technology and management are delivering successful reuse schemes across the continent. The conference programme and information on registration and venues will be available shortly on our website at and via our twitter feed @WREur.

Conference Venue: Novotel Brugge Centrum. The hotel is located in the historic centre of Bruges and walking distance from the Bruges train station.

Contacts: For further information on the event, please contact: 

Posted Tuesday 31st of January 2017

Water reuse technology saves European packaging mill saves €500K per year, and reduces its freshwater demand by 67%

A build, own, operate (BOO) ultrafiltration (UF) and electrodialysis reversal water (EDR) treatment solution by GE Water and Process Technologies allows an Italian packaging mill to reduce its fresh water demand by 67% and save €500K per year.

Read the full story here.

Posted Friday 27th of January 2017

Rombauer vineyards to deploy Cambrian’s EcoVolt system for onsite energy and water recovery from wastewater

Rombaeur Vineyards, a winery located in the Napa Valley, California, has announced that it will be installing a wastewater treatment system, EcoVolt, developed and commercialised by Cambrian Innovation. The system will allow them to generate renewable energy and reuse their process water in the future.

The EcoVolt technology produces energy from wastewater using the process of electromethanogenesis. During this process, electrodes coated with electrically active microorganisms convert organic pollutants into electricity and subsequently electricity into methane. The methane can then be used in a combined heat and power system to generate clean heat and power at a facility.

Read the full article here.

Posted Wednesday 25th of January 2017

Innovation: a new material for water and energy recovery from wastewater

A team of researchers at King Adullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has developed a new material, composed of a polymer coated with a thin layer of platinum, capable of simultaneously generating hydrogen and recovering clean water from wastewater.

Read the full article here

Posted Tuesday 24th of January 2017

UK food company using Aquabio MBR technology for water reclamation installs new cooling system

A water treatment and reclamation facility operated by Aquabio at a major UK food production plant in Lincolnshhire installed a new cooling system. The plant, involving MBR and RO technologies, removes organic constituents from the wastewater generated by the company’s for its process and returns it in a purified, food-safe condition to the manufacturing process. The recycling plant allowed the suppression of the tankering of wastewater offsite for treatment and disposal, hence eliminating cost related to this operation initially paid by the end users. In addition, the installation of the plant reduces significantly the company’s freshwater demand.

The installation of the new cooling system by Cool-Therm, selected base on running costs (inc. energy use and servicing) and reliability, ensures a continuous cooling of the treatment process in the event of planned maintenance or the unlikely event of a breakdown.

Read the full article here

Posted Friday 20th of January 2017

Fifth Newater plant launched in Singapore

The fifth Newater plant was launched on the 18th of January.

This $170M new facility built in Changi, in the east region of Singapore, was jointly developed by Chinese consortium BEWG International, local company UES Holdings and national water agency PUB.

The plant covers an area of 49,000m2 and can produce 190,000 m3 of recycled water per day. It increases Singapore's Newater capacity from 30 to 40 per cent of the Republic's water demand of 1.6 million m3 per day.

Read the full article here.

Posted Wednesday 18th of January 2017

ACWA Emirates delivers MBR reuse plant for Saudi Aramco

ACWA Emirates, part of the ACWA Group, a leading water and wastewater solutions provider, announced the completion of a new wastewater treatment and recycling plant for Saudi Aramco Shaybah Oil Field Residential Complex.

The old conventional treatment system has been replaced by the latest Membrane Bio-Reactor (MBR) technology. The $3.2 million MBR plant has been designed to treat 750m3 of wastewater per day and is delivering 99% water recovery with high quality effluent for use in irrigation, ensuring Aramco’s strict environmental quality standards are met.

For more information, read the full article here

Posted Monday 16th of January 2017

Downlite, a leading down and feather, recycles and reuses up to 99% of its wastewater

Downlite processing facility, near Cincinnati, Ohio, recently installed a new wastewater recovery system that recycles and reuses the water used to clean and disinfect its down and feather fills.

This new installation treats the wastewater through a succession of anaerobic ponds, membrane filtration units, storage and ozone disinfection before being reused. The sludge recovered from filtration is gathered and composted.

Since its installation in October 2016, the company saved about 30ML of water and could be saving up to 150ML of water annually.

Read the full article here

Posted Monday 16th of January 2017

Scoping out potential venues for WRE's first conference in Bruges

The WRE team returns from a trip to Bruges (Belgium) where it has visited some potential venues for WRE's first annual conference in October this year.

Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and designated as a World Heritage site by the Unesco for its medieval heritage.

The little "Venice of the North" will certainly be a magnifcient location for our first major event and we are looking forward to welcome delegates at this event that will provide an opportunity to share current knowledge regarding water reuse practices in Europe.

The Markt ("Market Square") of Bruges, in the hear of the city (Photo credit: KLC).
Posted Thursday 12th of January 2017

Water reuse: Waking Europe's sleeping giant

Paul Jeffrey speaks to WaterWorld magazine on why Water Reuse Europe was launched and the drivers for promoting water reclamation across the continent.

Watch the full interview here.

Posted Thursday 12th of January 2017

Researchers suggest quality guidelines for using recycled water

A group of researchers from the University of British Columbia have developed quality guidelines for the recycling of municipal wastewater for non-potable purposes. The proposed guidelines are using E. coli as a microbial quality indicator.

According to Gyan Chhipi-Shrestha, the author of the study recently published in the journal Science of the Total environment (Microbial quality of reclaimed water for urban reuses: Probabilistic risk-based investigation and recommendations, volume 576, 2017), the methodology and standards they developed were applied to three wastewater treatment plants located in Okanagan Valley, a province of British Columbia, and proved successful.

For more details, read the full story here

Posted Monday 9th of January 2017

California set to be the first state in the nation to recycle water to the drinkable water supply.

One solution to overcome the water shortage crisis in California after a five-year drought, is to funnel purified, recycled water to the drinkable water supply. This should be sustainable, cost-effective and completely safe.

The state Water Resources Control Board recently informed legislators that regulating recycled, drinkable water is perfectly feasible. California will be the first state in the nation to implement these regulations.

Outside the United States, Singapore historically relied heavily on water imports, being referred to as “water poor”. However, thanks to investments in water recycling, they now receive 30% of their water needs from four water reuse plants. They are now classified as “water independent”, thus showing the importance and power of water recycling.

Read the full article here.

Posted Wednesday 21st of December 2016

Public-private partnership upgrades City’s wastewater treatment plant to provide recycled water for fracking


On 13 December 2016, the Midland City Council approved a public-private agreement with Pioneer to upgrade the city’s infrastructure.
It is becoming a priority for energy companies to look for ways to reduce fresh water use or treat and reuse reclaimed water.

This upgrade will save millions of gallons of freshwater and provide the oil and gas company a supply of reclaimed water for its fracking wells.
City manager Courtney Sharp said the partnership shows how “public and private entities can maximise their resources by working together.”

Construction is expected to take approximately two years and the contract is expected to last for up to 28 years (depending on flow rates).


To read the full article, please click here.

Posted Monday 19th of December 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joins the city of Orlando in celebrating the 30th anniversary of cooperative water reuse.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of cooperative water reuse in the city of Orlando.

The Water Conserv II project was formed in 1986 when the city of Orlando and Orange County discovered the need to expand wastewater treatment service. Since then, Water Conserv II has helped recycle more than 200 billion gallons of reclaimed water.

A €95 million grant provided by DEP made this project possible, costing a total of €172 million.

Water Conserv II has received more than 30 awards including the David W. York Water Reuse Award from the Florida Water Environment Association.

This project is one of the best examples of reclaimed water reuse in the country with a diverse mix of uses of the reclaimed water," said DEP Central District's Christianne Ferraro. "It's also one of the best examples of a good reuse partnership between local governments in Florida."

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted Friday 16th of December 2016

Innovative decentralised wastewater system offers massive water and energy-saving benefits

Maskam Water’s premises is now home to the launch of the Clarus Fusion Sewage Treatment System. This decentralised wastewater treatment system will have a positive impact on disadvantaged and rural communities in many ways. According to Gerhard Cronje, Founder and CEO, Maskam Water, some of the benefits in comparison with large conventional systems include:
• easily expandable
• low energy requirements,
• operates on solar power
• simple to install and maintain

This system will save the country millions of litres of precious potable water by substituting treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use all at a fraction of the cost. Meanwhile, many smaller formal communities discharge treated wastewater into rivers, wasting millions of litres of recyclable water.

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted Thursday 15th of December 2016

Barcelona wastewater reclamation to help secure the region’s water supply in the event of drought

During the next six months, Barcelona will strengthen its water supply system through the reuse of wastewater from El Prat wastewater treatment plant for indirect potable reuse. The treated wastewater will be used primarily to deal with drought emergencies that are recurrent in the region.

The authorisation for the use of the treated wastewater for human consumption is yet to be approved by the Department of Health. Although the legislation currently allows the reuse of treated wastewater for different applications provided it complies with the relevant quality standards; it is much stricter when the treated wastewater is to be reused for indirect potable purposes.

Tertiary treated wastewater (including denitrification and reverse osmosis) from El Prat reclamation plant (located next to the aforementioned sewage treatment plant) will be pumped upstream the river in Molins de Rei. The reclaimed water discharged in the River in Molins de Rei will be of higher quality than the current quality of the Llobregat river. It will then be captured by the downstream drinking treatment plant of Sant Joan Despí, Aigües de Barcelona, where it will be treated for drinking standards before distribution. The wastewater reclamation plant can produce a volume of 60 hm3 per year - upgradeable to 75 hm3. However, it would only run at full capacity in emergency situations, i.e. in the event of drought. Under normal conditions, it will work to 10% or 20% of its maximum capacity.

Full article is available here (in Spanish).

Posted Monday 12th of December 2016

Lagunitas Brewing Company signs up to save 21M€ in water, wastewater, and energy costs with Cambrian innovation’s WEPA.

Lagunitas Brewing Company will be the first to use Cambrian’s waste-energy purchase agreement (WEPA) forecasted to save 21M€ in wastewater, water and energy costs over its lifecycle.

Lagunitas's new brewery (opening early 2018) will be capable of producing an estimated 300,000 gallons of recycled water per day and over 2,300,000 kWh per year of gross renewable electricity. Lagunitas CFO, Leon Sharyon said "With the WEPA, we’re able to maintain our high level of commitment to sustainable water and energy use, while decreasing our utility costs".

To read the full article, please click here.

Posted Thursday 8th of December 2016

Egypt's First Integrated Zero Liquid Discharge Plant Reduces Fresh Water Demand on The River Nile by 70%

Three years ago, Aquatech International, a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets, was awarded a contract by the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) to provide a landmark water treatment facility that includes the first integrated Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) plant in Egypt.  

This plant, which is designed to protect Egypt's only life-giving aquifer, The River Nile, has now been commissioned, and Aquatech's solution has resulted in the plant achieving ZLD while reducing its fresh water demand by 70%.

Read full article here

Posted Wednesday 7th of December 2016


We welcome The Intermunicipal Water Company of the Veurne Region (Intercommunale Waterleidingsmaatschappij van Veurne-Ambacht - IWVA) as a new member of WRE.

IWVA distributes drinking water in the western part of the Belgian coastal plain, which is historically produced from a fresh water lens located under the dunes of the region.
Since 2002, IWVA operates the Torreele facility, the largest indirect potable reuse scheme in Europe, where municipal wastewater effluent is reused to produce infiltration water for an artificial groundwater recharge site located in the St-André dunes (Koksijde). The recharge water is produced from secondary treated wastewater effluent from the adjacent wastewater treatment plant Wulpen, operated by Aquafin, through a combination of ultra filtration and reverse osmosis.

Posted Monday 5th of December 2016

Waste water reuse driven by government initiative is critical to solving the urban water crisis.

With only 70% of urban households having access to a piped water supply along with an ever-growing population, water stress has become a fixed concern in most Indian cities.
This urban water crisis calls for the government to engage efforts and resources in developing wastewater reuse to meet industrial water demand.
“Government interventions will need to focus on incentivising the use of reclaimed water and developing institutional support mechanisms.” Ranen Banerjee, Partner and Leader Public Sector and Governance, PwC.

Read the full article here

Posted Friday 2nd of December 2016

Textile company set to install water recycling system to save more than 70% of the water used

Tri-Star Dyeing and Finishing is installing an Econity water recycling system to save money, conserve water and protect the environment. This project is expected to save approximately 3,540 acre-feet of water over the next decade. 

In receiving nearly £554,834 in incentives from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Tri-Start now has the ability to treat wastewater using microfiltration and reverse osmosis and reuse it in the dyeing process as opposed to discharging it.

Read the full story here.

Posted Thursday 1st of December 2016

The reuse of wastewater, a solution to ensure water supply

Europe is moving towards achieving the UN objectives for 2030 in the field of sustainable management of water resources. It does so by embracing models of circular economy, at least in terms of water management. This is evidenced in a study conducted by the Aquae Foundation to be discussed at the National Congress of the Environment.

The work underlines that the reuse of wastewater is one of the solutions to guarantee water supply. More than 80% of wastewater in the EU is being treated. Despite this, there is still work to be done. The study carried out by the Aquae Foundation concludes that public-private collaboration is gaining a leading role in addressing advances in innovation and technology.

Read the full story (in Spanish) and watch the video here


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Posted Monday 28th of November 2016

New member

We welcome the Water Research Institute IRSA-CNR as a new member of WRE.

The Water Research Institute (IRSA) is part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). It was established in 1968 to carry out researches mainly in two main fields:

  • the management and protection of water resources;
  • the development of methodologies and technologies for water and wastewater treatment.

Since its foundation in 1968, IRSA is structured in three units/laboratories located in Rome, Milan and Bari and cooperates with Ministries, Public Administrations, Agencies, Industries, SMEs and Research Institutions to perform innovative researches, pre-regulatory investigations, educational and training activities.

Over the last four decades IRSA-CNR has performed basic and applied research activities on process technologies, including the development of new processes and methodologies, pilot and full-scale plant design, cost evaluation and dissemination of results. As for water management and wastewater reuse in agriculture, the behaviour of surface and groundwater resources under scarcity conditions and the development of novel tools and process technologies for increasing available water resources have been deeply investigated at IRSA-CNR. New approaches to the water cycle aimed at favouring resource recovery under uneven water availability (drought/floods) and sustainable treatment technologies for agricultural reuse of treated wastewater were addressed in several national and EU funded research projects in which IRSA has played a leading role.

Posted Friday 18th of November 2016

Most West Australians support recycling wastewater

Almost nine out of 10 West Australians support recycling wastewater to meet Perth’s ­future water needs, the WA Speaks survey reveals.

Of nearly 9000 respondents, 89.1 per cent believe it makes sense to recycle water to recharge aquifers, with 10.9 per cent unconvinced by the idea.

Of respondents from the Perth metropolitan area, 91.6 per cent were in favour of the idea, compared with 82.7 per cent in regional WA.

Read the full article here

Posted Wednesday 16th of November 2016

New Member

We welcome Aquatreat® as a new member of Water Reuse Europe.

Aquatreat® designs, develops and produces chemicals for industrial water treatment.

Aquatreat® is a specialist in water treatment of cooling water, boiling water, process water, drinking water and membrane technology.

Posted Monday 14th of November 2016

New Member

We welcome the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland - FHNW as a new member of Water Reuse Europe.

FHNW ranks amongst Switzerland's leading and most innovative universities of applied sciences. Aside from the education and training offering, a high priority is placed on applied research and development. The FHNW participates in research projects alongside national and international partners from industry, business, culture, administration and institutions and is involved in European research programmes.
The university is composed of nine Schools covering Applied Psychology, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Art and Design, Life Sciences, Music, Teacher Education, Social Work, Engineering and Business.
The School of Life Sciences (HLS) consists of 4 institutes: PharmaTechnology, Medical and Analytical Technologies, Chemistry and Bioanalytics and Ecopreneurship (IEC). At IEC the group on Environmental Technologies deals with water treatment technologies encompassing classical physico- chemical treatment processes, adsorption as well as advanced oxidation processes. A particular focus is on membrane applications.

Posted Thursday 3rd of November 2016

New Member

We welcome MSA Environmental Ltd as a new member of WRE.

MSA Environmental Ltd is a leading environmental consultancy that operates within the food, drink and dairy sectors both in the UK and overseas.

MSA is a highly skilled independent specialist effluent consultancy with detailed engineering and process design experience delivering robust technology solutions for effluent treatment and water reuse systems. MSA offer independent and confidential advice, together with engineering and consultancy services on all aspects of effluent treatment and wastage control.

Posted Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

New Member

We welcome Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic as a new member of WRE.

Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic is a non-profit technological centre. Since 2015, CTM is part of EURECAT, the technological centre of Catalonia that aggregates a multidisciplinary and international team of 450 scientists and technologists from the industrial and digital field. CTM aims to efficiently contribute to improving the competitiveness and technological development of companies by providing specialised services and carrying out R&D and Innovation projects. The Sustainability Unit aims at contributing to sustainable industrial and community development through the enhancement of environmental quality. The unit specialises in technologies for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, waste management and product recovery, contaminated soils and groundwater management. The unit also focuses on the improvement of industrial processes through applied research and technological innovation as well as Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Cost Analysis and Environmental Risk Assessments. The unit capabilities also include the improvement of the efficiency for energy use, integration of renewable sources and electric mobility. The clients are mainly private companies, agencies, governments and institutions, both private and public administrations that require research or innovation implementation.

Posted Monday 31st of October 2016

New Member


We welcome Aquabio Ltd as a new member of WRE.

Aquabio is the UK’s leading specialist in water and wastewater reuse for large scale industrial applications and a leading supplier of industrial membrane bioreactors (MBR).
Founded in 1997 the company has been providing services from advice, process and engineering design to supply of turnkey filtration systems for water and wastewater recycling and reuse for customers from medium size up to multinational scale.

Posted Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Water Reuse Europe introduced at EurEau Congress 2016 by Professor Paul Jeffrey

On the 19th of September 2016, Paul Jeffrey, introduced Water Reuse Europe to an audience of water professionals at the annual  EurEau Congress 2016 in Copenhagen.
This annual event included a conference on “Resilience and the water sector” which served as a a forum for Europe’s water sector to discuss how they are preparing for the future and climate change.

Posted Saturday 1st of October 2016

Water Reuse Europe launch!

A new industry association for the European water reuse sector, Water Reuse Europe, has been formally launched today. The association offers a range of services for both commercial companies and public organisations involved in water reuse scheme design, operation, and regulation.

Water reuse is playing an increasingly important role in the pursuit of sustainable water management and recent years have seen significant growth in the number of industrial, agricultural, and municipal reuse schemes across Europe. However, the sector has lacked a single unifying body through which it can share best practice and develop a single voice on important issues. Water Reuse Europe provides the collective space within which these ambitions can be achieved. Its mission is to create a collective identity for the European water reuse sector and promote an innovative and dynamic industry.

Being a member of Water Reuse Europe will enable companies, public bodies, trade associations and research institutions to take advantage of stimulating opportunities for knowledge exchange, advocacy, and education. It will provide organisations with access to news and information about the latest developments in the reuse market and enable them to take advantage of specialist conferences, seminars, and workshops. 

Professor Paul Jeffrey, Professor of Water Management at Cranfield University and Chair of the WRE Board of Directors said: “Water reuse is going to be an important part of the mix of techniques which delivers sustainable and resilient water services. Europe now has an industry focused association dedicated to ensuring that the European water reuse sector is able to deliver innovative and safe water reuse solutions. With the global water reuse sector growing at about 20% per annum, Water Reuse Europe will also ensure that European products, services, and expertise are accessible to communities around the world. ”

Other advantages of being a member of Water Reuse Europe include access to the members directory, the abstracts library with more than 3000 entries, up to date news from the European and global water reuse sectors, technical reports and a database of water reuse schemes.

The new association will deliver a significant boost to Europe's water reuse sector according to Philippe Bréant, Projects Director at Veolia Research & Innovation and a member of the WRE Board of Directors. "Water Reuse Europe provides the support, ambition, and coordination needed to rapidly grow the European water reuse industry and create a truly global player in this increasingly important sector over the coming years."

Posted Friday 16th of September 2016

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We welcome Thames Water as a new member of WRE.

Thames Water is one of the UK's largest water and wastewater service providers and is strongly involved in the water reuse sector.

Posted Thursday 8th of September 2016

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Water Reuse Europe has been set up with support from the European Commission through the DEMOWARE research project.