Matching the agricultural freshwater supply and demand, by using industrial and domestic treated wastewater for irrigation purposes is increasingly gaining attention. Can we close the gap?
Closing the water cycle in the agro-industrial sector by reusing treated wastewater for irrigation
BY VERGINE ET AL ♦ OCT 15, 2017
“The assessment of non-conventional water sources has become critical for alleviating the stress on natural resources, sustain agriculture and contribute to the overall regional development”
Balance freshwater supply and demand
Exploitation of alternative freshwater sources may be an effective strategy to balance regional water supply and agricultural water demand. Available groundwater sources for irrigation purposes are increasingly under pressure due to the regional coexistence of land use functions that are critical to groundwater levels or compete for available water. At the same time, treated wastewater from industries and domestic wastewater treatment plants are quickly discharged via surface waters towards sea.