Drought-prone Mediterranean islands could soon be awash with recovered water, thanks to a new multi-million-euro project launched in Athens.
Led by researchers at Brunel University London and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), the €12m HYDROUSA project aims to close the ‘water loop’ by demonstrating how nature-based technologies can be used to recover fresh water and nutrients from wastewater, groundwater and water vapour.
Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the 54-month, 27-partner project will see experimental sites set up on the Greek islands of Mykonos, Lesbos and Tinos, with replication sites set up at a further 25 locations worldwide.
“The Mediterranean’s islands and coastal areas face significant challenges in terms of water management and conservation,” said Dr Evina Katsou, a senior lecturer in Brunel’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Principal Investigator for HYDROUSA.
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