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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education (2019)

Assessment of wastewater treatment technologies and promotion of smart irrgation systems iin the MENA Region using an eco-friendly gum (MENARA)

Wastewater Irrigation MENA

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Titre : Assessment of wastewater treatment technologies and promotion of smart irrgation systems iin the MENA Region using an eco-friendly gum (MENARA)

Research & Development

Pays/ Région : Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Durée : Mar 2019 - Jun 2021

Descriptif
The current wastewater treatment facilities established in Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia, entail diverse technologies including activated sludge systems (ASS), membrane biological reactors (MBRs) and constructed wetland (CWs). Industrial discharges without prior pretreatment impaired the quality of treated water (TW). The challenge is how to achieve an efficient water use in agricultural irrigation under prevailing conditions with variable TW quality ? The MENAR project will use TW for irrigation of selective plants in open field-scale and/or greenhouse and/or in pots, with cultivars irrigated with freshwater (FW) as control. Chemical and microbiological parameters will be monitored along the completely agricultural production chain (i.e. TW, soil, and food) in order to unequivocally assess the potential impacts of reclaimed water use under variable local conditions. At the irrigation level, the proposal deals with the preparation of a high performing hydroretents polymer (HRP) that is capable of adsorbing large quantities of inorganic pollutants (e.g. heavy metals) and organic pollutants (specific dyes) from municipal wastewater. This project envisions to study in-depth the application potential of hydroretents gum to reduce the irrigation water demands and improving the soil quality. This smart irrigation system using eco-gum and recycling reclaimed water aimed at water-food security and water resources protection. A TMT on feasible treatment technologies for effluent reuse in agricultural purposes with hands-on how to prepare and apply locally made eco-gum forms one strategic part of the MENARA project.

Partenaires  : Birzeit University (lead) - Palestine ; Cadi Ayyad University - Marrakech, Morocco ; University of Sfax - Sfax, Tunisia ; IHE Delft - The Netherlands

Financement : Stichting IHE Delft
Budget : 110.000 EUR

Présentation (IHE Delft)

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