First Announcement

WRE Conference and Exhibition on Innovations in Water Reuse

Bruges 2017

9 - 10 OCTOBER 2017

Join us in Bruges

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.

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

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Conference Programme:

We have put together an exciting programme for what will be the first event of its kind in Europe. The WRE conference includes six keynotes from prestigious speakers on the status of water reuse sector in Europe, recent technology developments, current state of play and future ambition of the European Union on Water Reuse, developments in indirect and indirect potable reuse, and breakthrough technologies for wider application of water reuse.

Monday 9 October 2017:
9:00 Welcome
9:10 Session 1: Status of Water Reuse in Europe and current challenges
Keynote: Presentation of Water Reuse Europe’s state-of-the-sector report
Sian HILLS, Consultant, UK
Presentation 1 Why dare to involve people in water reuse projects?
Montserrat TERMES RIFE, CETaqua, Spain
Presentation 2 Cost benefits analysis: an effective approach to assess water reuse project’s sustainability for territories
Nicolas CONDOM, Ecofilae, France.
Presentation 3 Adapting business models to achieve water reuse profitability - experiences from WaterClima LAC
David SMITH, Water Environment and Business for Development (WE&B), Mexico
10:40 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 2: Innovative technologies for water reuse
Keynote: Recent technologies developments in the water reuse sector and future technological trends for monitoring and controlling water reuse schemes
Valentina LAZAROVA, Suez Environment, France
Presentation 1 Innovative multi-technology approaches for industrial water treatment (combinations of Ion Exchange, Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis)
Jochen HENKEL, Dow Water & Process Solutions, Spain.
Presentation 2 Online monitoring of microbial water quality for water reuse schemes
Joep APPELS, MicroLAN BV, The Netherlands.
Presentation 3 Water reuse at Kalundborg Industrial Symbiosis (Denmark): Technologies used and recent innovations, Denmark.
Per MØLLER, Dansk Symbiose Center, Denmark
12:30 Lunch break
14:00 Session 3: Round table debate
Keynote: Current state of play and future ambition of the European Union on water reuse
Dagmar BEHRENDT KALJARIKOVA, Directorate-General for Environment, EU.
Presentation 1 15 years of water reuse in the food and beverage industry in Belgium, lessons learned and future ambitions.
Kris LAMBERT, Managing Director, Veolia Water Technologies, Belgium.
Presentation 2 Transitioning from research to practical solutions on water reuse.
Marjolein WEEMAES, R&D Manager, Aquafin, Belgium.
16:00 Session 4: Innovative water reuse schemes for agriculture
Keynote: Agricultural irrigation with reclaimed water: present and future.
Rafael MUJERIEGO, Spanish Association for Sustainable Water Reuse (ASERSA), Spain.
Presentation 1 Wastewater recycling for agricultural purposes in the Murcia region – Experience, challenges and recent innovations.
Pedro SIMON, ESAMUR, Spain.
Presentation 2 Reuse of industrial effluents for agricultural purposes: technological, agricultural and governmental challenges.
Charlotte BOECKAERT, Vlakwa – Flanders Knowledge Center Water, Belgium.
Presentation 3 How close are European growers to 100% water recirculation?
Els BERCKMOES, Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt, Belgium.
17:30 Water Reuse Europe Awards 2017
19:30 Conference dinner
Tuesday 10 October 2017:
9:00 Session 5: Wastewater recycling for potable applications
Keynote: Recent developments in indirect and direct potable reuse.
Stefani MCGREGOR, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, USA
Presentation 1 Soil aquifer treatment for indirect potable reuse in El Port de la Selva.
Xavier MARTINEZ, CTM, Spain
Presentation 2 Development of an innovative scheme for indirect potable reuse in Les Olonnes, Vendée (France).
Jérôme BORTOLI, Vendee Eau, France
Presentation 3 Micropollutants control and disinfection in a fully integrated indirect reuse management scheme: Lausanne WWTP and Saint-Sulpice DWTP.
Christophe MECHOUK, Ville de Lausanne, Service de l’eau, Switzerland.
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Session 6: Industrial water reuse
Keynote: Industrial Water Reuse in Europe: from challenge to opportunities.
Yvan POUSSADE, Veolia, France
Presentation 1 Wastewater to potable water reuse in the UK food industry.
Phil LYNCH,, Aquabio, UK
Presentation 2 A critical approach to RO chemicals: research at lab and full scale.
Kristof LUCKERMANS, Aquatreat, Belgium.
Presentation 3 Experience with wastewater treatment and reuse back into the malting (steep) process.
Kyrsten MOORE, , Bairds Malt, UK.
12:30 Lunch break
13:00 Site visits Torreele water reclamation site for indirect potable reuse.
Pepsico International Veurne water recycling scheme for food processing.


Gold and Silver sponsorship packages are available for this event.


Hotel reservations:

We have selected for you a number of hotels, including the conference venue hotel, for you to choose from for a pleasant stay in Bruges during the conference. The hotels are all located in the historical centre of Bruges. If you would like to book a room in one of these hotels, please click on the button below.

Please note that this list is non-exhaustive, and you may wish to look for alternative options. For this purpose, please visit the website of the Bruges Tourism office at:


WRE Award 2017:

Water Reuse Europe is pleased to invite submissions for its 2017 Most Innovative Water Reuse Scheme award. The award will recognise and showcase projects and initiatives which are at the forefront of water reuse practice in Europe.


Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations should be sent by email to Kristell Le Corre Pidou at:

For cancellations before the 1st September 2017, a full refund minus an administrative fee of 50€ will apply.

For cancellations received after the 1st September 2017, no refund will be possible.

Please note that refunds will be processed after the event.


For further information on the event, please contact:


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