Water Theme 3: Innovative Water Technologies

Innovative technologies are required by the water industry to create products and services.

This thematic area will contribute to improving the quantity and quality of water bodies, such that our resources will be used in a more efficient way; and gain a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes associated with this area.

The objectives of this research area are aligned with the aims of the European “Resource Efficiency Roadmap”.

This thematic area will:

  • Develop novel treatment and distribution options and improve water systems efficiency focusing on aspects such as new materials and processes, new management tools, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), energy efficiency, and small scale water storage.
  • Develop problem-solving research leading to the development of market-orientated solutions such as the development of sensor networks and real-time information systems in the water cycle and improved water treatment technologies.
  • Improve the quantity and quality of water bodies and developing ways to use these resources more efficiently. Gain a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes associated within this area, including social acceptance of reused waste and assessing costs against beneficial outcomes to avoid disproportionate costs.

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