Facts and figures
The global water crisis is emerging as one of the most serious natural resource issues facing the world today. Water is a high value resource and it is directly related to economy, health and safety aspects. When properly valued, we will get more attention and money from water. (M. Banks. The world’s water crisis-Turning the tide-policies for future. European Policy Summit.20 June 2006, Brussels).
By consuming several billions m³ of water a year, industry has a significant impact on available water sources. Legislation, stringent discharge standards as well as process and product demands force industry to ensure higher water quality corresponding to increasing costs. For the water consuming industry, water is no longer regarded as a consumable or utility but as a highly valuable asset: a vital element used in close conjunction with the production processes. Industries want to become more independent of public and private parties for the supply of process water and the treatment of wastewater. Furthermore, they want to use water qualities according to their own specifications, fit-for-use.
To solve these problems a new management system including new approaches, tools, methods, and technologies needs to be developed. AquaFit4Use aims at these developments focusing at cross-sectorial issues that concern the major water consuming industries in Europe.
This AquaFit4Use proposal is prepared by the thematic working group of the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WSSTP), one of the EU Technology Platforms. Over 40% of all project partners of AquaFit4Use were involved in this Thematic Working group and have formed a European network on this issue for over 3 years.
The innovation challenge of this integrated project is not the application of new technologies on waste water and process water treatment, but to treat waste water for process water production fit-for-(re)-use.
This project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC.
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