Sea, Urban, and Industrial Water Mining
Water access and its related energy, environmental and economic costs are one of the greatest challenges for society today.
According to the 2030 Water Resources Group of the World Bank, by 2030 global water demand is expected to exceed sustainable water supply.
The WATER-MINING project aims to address this challenge and help ensure access to clean water and sanitation by exploring alternative water sources and developing innovative solutions for sustainable water management, including tapping into urban and industrial wastewater and seawater desalination.
WATER-MINING is an EU-funded multidisciplinary research project that creates water management solutions using a circular economy approach. The project’s consortium consists of 38 public and private partners and four linked third parties from 12 countries and is led by the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands). WATER-MINING works with pilot sites in Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Netherlands to demonstrate new and efficient ways to reclaim nutrients, minerals, biopolymers, energy and freshwater from desalination, and industrial and urban wastewater. To successfully integrate these value-added products into resource supply chains, the project produces science-based, market-oriented policy recommendations, designs circular business models, and engages stakeholders, leading to sustainable management of water resources.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 869474.