Project: Decision support-based approach for sustainable water reuse application in agricultural production

Acronym DSWAP (Reference Number: 2018-SECTION1-W1)
Duration 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021
Project Topic Treated wastewater used in crop irrigation must comply with environmental and public health criteria that may substantially differ from conventional standards for discharged effluents. For example, stringent exclusion of chemical contaminants, microbial pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes is vital to avert contamination of irrigated crops, and salt removal is pertinent to reduce toxic effects on plants and long-term soil deterioration. Conversely, nutrient removal may be less imperative than conventional scenarios due to fertilization requirements. The "Decision Support-based approach for sustainable Water reuse Application in agricultural Production (DSWAP)" project aims to provide flexible and cost-effective wastewater treatment solutions specifically designed for crop irrigation that ensure safe and sustainable valorization with minimal ecological and agronomic impacts. It will focus on development and application of several wastewater treatment components including two energy-efficient secondary treatment modules, a solar-driven advanced oxidation module, an eco-stabilization reservoir, a forward osmosis module and a phyto-remediation module. Once comprehensively evaluated and optimized individually, it will evaluate integrated modular configurations, which can be tailored to meet specific effluent requirements. The DSWAP project will incorporate decision support tools coupled to cutting-edge analytical methodologies to: (i) holistically assess public health, environmental and agronomic impacts of treated wastewater irrigation; (ii) evaluate the above treatment modules to achieve optimal performance at minimal costs and (iii) identify online indicators that can be applied to effectively monitor and ensure proper operation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems. Collectively, the project will not only lead to technological developments, but also significantly contribute to understanding of public health, environmental and agronomic ramifications of treated wastewater irrigation.
Project Results
(after finalisation)
In Progress
Network PRIMA
Call Section 1 Call 2018 - Management of Water

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Agricultural Research Organization Coordinator Israel
2 Fluence Corp. Partner Israel
3 Technical University Dresden Partner Germany
4 University of Cyprus Partner Cyprus
5 S.K. Euromarket Ltd Partner Cyprus
6 Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Partner Spain
7 APRIA Systems Partner Spain
8 Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et Microbiologie pour l'Environnement Partner France
9 University of Salerno Partner Italy
10 Catholic University of Portugal Partner Portugal