HYDROUSA, a new solution selected by WEF - CAP to revolutionize the water supply chain in the Mediterranean region
HYDROUSA is an EU Horizon2020 Innovation Action project aims to revolutionise the water supply chain in Mediterranean regions by demonstrating innovative solutions for water/wastewater treatment and management, which will close the water loops and will also boost their agricultural and energy profile.
HYDROUSA provides innovative, regenerative and circular solutions for:
- nature-based water management of Mediterranean coastal areas, closing water loops;
- nutrient management, boosting the agricultural and energy profile;
- local economies, based on circular value chains.
HYDROUSA demonstrates at large scale the feasibility and sustainability of innovative, low-cost water treatment technologies to recover freshwater, nutrients and energy from wastewater, salt and freshwater from seawater, and freshwater from atmospheric water vapor. Water conservation solutions including aquifer storage and sustainable agricultural practices including fertigation are applied.
The HYDROUSA concept and solutions are materialized by implementing six demonstration sites at full scale in three Mediterranean islands (Lesvos, Mykonos and Tinos). These demo scale solutions are named HYDRO1-6. Detailed technical and financial deployment plans will be established for replication in additional 25 locations worldwide.
HYDROUSA will not only develop and demonstrate innovative water services, but will revolutionize the water value chains in Mediterranean areas from water abstraction and use up to sewage treatment and reuse. It will change the human water cycle by valorizing non-conventional water resources, which are currently not being exploited.
The consortium of HYDROUSA consists of 27 highly competent organizations involved in water management, agricultural activities, ICT and, business/marketing, dissemination/ communication spanning throughout the whole water supply chain.
As a relevant experience and example of good practice, HYDROUSA is expected to be highlighted by WEF – CAP in upcoming discussions and workshops related to good policy development.