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Workshop use of reclaimed water in agriculture
July 12 @ 06:00 - 15:00 CEST
The reuse of water is gaining importance in the current context of scarcity where the use of all available water sources is mandatory. This is especially decisive in the agricultural sector, the largest consumer of water in Mediterranean countries, where precisely the problems of scarcity are greater. However, despite its multiple benefits, water reuse still has a long way to go and faces multiple obstacles. The new European regulation 2020/741 on water reuse represents an opportunity by providing us with a common regulatory framework for the entire European Union that should result in greater confidence on the part of consumers, farmers and other agents involved. But the new regulation is also a challenge as it introduces new requirements and requires adequate adaptation.
From Bioazul together with the collaboration of TU Delft and EIT Food we organize the Workshop “Use of reclaimed water in agriculture” in Malaga on July 6, 2022. This event has been designed as one of the activities taking place within the Water Academy as part of the EIT Community Water Scarcity project in order to bring together water experts from different areas of activity to interact and mitigate the emerging challenge of water scarcity in southern Europe.
The main objective of this workshop is to advance in the implementation of water reuse in agriculture and exchange experiences and knowledge that will help us in the process of adapting to the new regulatory framework. We will have experts from various disciplines from TU Delft, University of Malaga and Bioazul to provide us with practical information on socioeconomic aspects, appropriate technologies for water recovery, risk management or practical recommendations for irrigation with reclaimed water.
During the workshop we will visit the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of Rincón de la Victoria. There we will have the opportunity to learn about a pilot test for the study of the effects of reclaimed water irrigation on subtropical crops. This study is the result of the collaboration of Axaragua, Trops and the Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry of the University of Almería. The trials began in 2012 and have been carried out in a mango plantation irrigated with reclaimed water from the Rincón WWTP. Attendees will be able to see first-hand the experimental plot where the main conclusions of the water and fruit quality studies that have been carried out will be presented.
For those who cannot attend in person, they will be able to enjoy the workshop online as it will be broadcast live from Bioazul’s YouTube channel.