The european project demEAUmed will save freshwaters in tourist facilities

El proyecto europeo demEAUmed ahorrará agua dulce en las instalaciones turísticas

The main objective of the demEAUmed project is to reduce the consumption of water in hotels, green areas and recreational areas (swimming pools, spas,…) by proposing alternative sources, such as groundwater, treated rainwater or water reuse.

The aim of the demEAUmed project is to demonstrate and promote innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Euro-Mediterranean tourist facilities, with the involvement of industry representatives, stakeholders, policy-makers and diverse technical and scientific experts from different countries in Europe.

demEAUmed will face two key challenges: the importance of tourism to the economy and the water scarcity characteristic of the area.

Reduction of freshwater consumption in hotel facilities, green and recreational areas, etc. will be achieved by using alternative water resources, such as the reuse of treated grey water and/or wastewater, groundwater, and treated rainwater. Taking into account the specific water quality/quantity requirements of the different areas of the Euro- Mediterranean resorts, as well as current and future compliance with water regulations, demEAUmed will test and suggest the best solutions for wastewater treatment and recycling. An exhaustive environmental and socio-economic assessment will be carried out with the aid of advanced monitoring and control systems, and a decision support tool will also be implemented to define the best water management system.

Different proven water treatment technologies at pre-commercial level will be properly combined to treat and adapt the different water resources to the resort’s requirements, so that freshwater consumption will be reduced and the environmental and socio-economic impact will be positive.

demEAUmed is being carried out by 15 European institutions from 7 different countries. The project started on the 1st of January of 2014, with a foreseen duration of 42 months. It is being co-financed by the European Commission under the EU Seventh-Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development, Water Innovation & Demo 2013. The total European Commission contribution is 4 million Euros.

Article published in: FuturENVIRO September 2014