Water reuse is the way to go
Water scarcity is no longer limited to a few regions of Europe, but already a concern across the EU, with one third of the territory experiencing water stress.
Water reuse has been evidenced as the most sustainable alternative to the use of freshwater sources in terms of cost and environmental impact. However, wastewater salinity is still a challenge in wastewater treatment (WWTP) and reclamation (WRP) plants, where collectors receive industrial brines, agricultural runoff waters and/or marine intrusion.
CONQUER will tackle this situation by developing an innovative solution that will enable water reuse for irrigation, thus promoting circular economy.
An innovative solution to close the loop
Conquer will develop an innovative water reclamation plant (WRP) to enable water reuse by dividing nitrates and salinity and obtaining an effluent rich in nutrients, which will be reused for irrigation instead of being discharged to the environment. Dissolved salts, already separated from the reclaimed water stream, will be concentrated and then transformed to sodium hypochlorite, promoting a cost-effective solution to transform concentrated saline effluents into valuable by-products.
Reduction of over 25% of the total water footprint
of Murcia city urban irrigation system
Reduction of over 35% of total energy consumption
in Murcia city urban irrigation system through the substitution of 500.000 m3/year of potable water for regenerated water
Reduction of up to 20% of the total NaOCl consumption
in EMUASA facilities thanks to brine valorization and reuse