The objective of MADFORWATER is to develop an integrated set of technological and management instruments for the enhancement of wastewater treatment, treated wastewater reuse for irrigation and water efficiency in agriculture, with the final aim to reduce water vulnerability in selected basins in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
In terms of approach, MADFORWATER develops and adapts to three main hydrological basins in the target countries technologies for the production of irrigation-quality water from drainage canals, municipal, agro-industrial and industrial wastewaters, and technologies for water efficiency and reuse in agriculture, initially validated at laboratory scale. Selected technologies are further adapted and validated in four field pilot plants of integrated wastewater treatment and reuse. Integrated strategies for wastewater treatment and reuse targeted to the selected basins are developed, considering climate change, population increase and economic growth scenarios.
The project also develops innovative tools for the identification and quantification of water vulnerabilities in the target countries. MADFORWATER is expected to lead in the selected basins to a significant increase in wastewater treatment and treated wastewater reuse, and to an overall decrease in water stress. The project is coordinated by the University of Bologna (coordinator: Dr. Dario Frascari; co-coordinator: Dr. Giulio Zanaroli).
The consortium consists of 18 partners geographically distributed mainly around the Mediterranean: 12 partners from European countries, 5 from North Africa and 1 from China.