Wednesday, 30th September 2020

R3Water. Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment

The R3Water project (FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO 619093) was funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7. It started in January 2014 and has run 42 months with a budget of 7.8 M€ co-funded by the European Commission. The consortium, coordinated by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, united 12 technological partners from seven European countries with involvement of SME’s and RTD centers amongst others.

So far waste water treatment plants have usually been regarded as facilities to avoid emissions from wastewater. Current research and development shows that these plants can be converted and upgraded into production units to provide energy, nutrients, water for re-use and possibly other valuables. This is achieved by improved resource efficiency in the plant as well as new technologies and business models that allow the re-use of resources from the incoming water.

The main objective of the project was to demonstrate solutions that support the transition from a treatment plant for urban wastewater to a production unit of different valuables.