Water Reuse Europe Webinar | What is the place of decentralised wastewater treatment for water reuse in Europe?

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Water Reuse Europe Webinar | What is the place of decentralised wastewater treatment for water reuse in Europe?

February 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET

Decentralised wastewater treatment refers to the collection and treatment of wastewater or fractions of it (e.g. black water, greywater, rainwater) at or near the point of generation using a range of treatment technologies and methods allowing for safe disposal and/or fit-for purpose water reuse at a local level. Applications typically include non-potable reuse for irrigation and toilet flushing in/around individual houses located in rural and urban environment, for entire residential developments, larger buildings, and additional purposes in industrial and commercial premises.

Beyond rural applications – where their use is tailored to local needs and therefore offers advantages in terms of impact on water quality, sustainability, and resilience – the development of decentralised/semi-centralised wastewater in urban environment remains slow in Europe. Barriers to their wider implementation in urban environments include the complexity of the regulatory landscape, operational challenges to ensure their safety and minimise public health and environmental risks, sustainability and cost efficiency.

However, the use of decentralised/semi centralised wastewater treatment for water reuse is being increasingly considered across Europe as one solution amongst others to help reduce the demand for freshwater resources, address scarcity issues while reducing the pressure on centralized water infrastructures resulting from growing populations. To illustrate, in support of the European Green Deal and EU water-related policies, the Horizon Europe cluster 6 is currently calling for research proposals on new circular solutions and innovative approaches to “further develop efficient and sustainable decentralised and distributed approaches and technologies for climate-neutral and zero pollution water supply and wastewater treatment to optimise circular and sustainable use of natural resources”

With this webinar, Water Reuse Europe is therefore bringing together experts on decentralised treatment from across Europe and beyond to discuss drivers for considering this option, innovative strategies and technologies, benefits and challenges, regulatory issues, costs implications and overall shed some light on how decentralised treatment can play a role in the development of the European water reuse sector.

AGENDA (CET times)

  • 14:00 – Welcome and Introduction – Marie Raffin, Chair of the Water Reuse Europe Board of Directors.
  • 14:05 – Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), USA on “Implementing Onsite Water Recycling Systems in San Francisco and North America.”
  • 14:20 – Pierre Magnes, Managing Director, FIRMUS and FGWRS France on “Firmus France: On-site Treatment, Purification, Separation and Recycling of Water and Wastewater.
  • 14:45 – Comfort break.
  • 14:50 – Isabelle Michel, Process Engineer, Aquabio, UK on Industrial Water Reuse in the UK – Challenges & Opportunities.
  • 15:10 – Dries Seuntjens, Project Manager, DuCoop, Belgium on “Circular Economy in a new district in Ghent”.
  • 15:30 – Discussion
  • 15:55 – Closing remarks.
  • 16:00 – Close

Read more about our speaker profiles and learn more about heir talk here.

Water professionals, developers, industry leaders, solution providers, technology suppliers, policy makers, researchers, end-users, and consultants involved in or with an interest for water reuse.

The event is free to attend.


Registrations for this webinar are now closed.


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About Water Reuse Europe

Water Reuse Europe (WRE) is the industry association for the European water reuse sector, offering a range of benefits and opportunities for both commercial and public organisations involved in water reuse scheme design, operation, and regulation. As we see significant growth in the number of industrial, agricultural, and municipal water reuse schemes across Europe, it is increasingly important that professionals and organisations working in the sector have opportunities to exchange experiences, advance knowledge and understanding, and develop a unified voice on important issues. WRE’s mission is to promote and support the sharing of good practices, knowledge, techniques, research, and experiences on water reuse and to advance its safe and effective exploitation in Europe.

Being a member of Water Reuse Europe enables companies, public bodies, trade associations and research institutions to take advantage of stimulating opportunities for knowledge exchange, advocacy, and education. It provides organisations with access to news and information about the latest developments in the reuse market and enables them to take advantage of specialist conferences, seminars, and workshops.



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February 7
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CET
Event Category:




Water Reuse Europe