Achieving wider uptake of water-smart solutions
WIDER - UPTAKE
Innovative solutions for wastewater reuse, nutrient recycling and energy recovery in symbiosis with agricultural and manufacturing industries will be demonstrated in Ghana, Italy and Norway.
In Italy the WIDER-UPTAKE concept will be materialised by implementing two demonstration sites at full scale nearby Palermo (Sicily - IT): Marineo and Corleone wastewater treatment plants
The two WWTPs are managed by the water utility AMAP S.p.A.
The Marineo WWTP (7,000 IE) is a conventional activated sludge plant (combined basins) followed by a surface filtration unit and UV disinfection. An irrigation network has been scheduled but not yet realized so at present the WWTP effluent is discharged in a nearby river.
WIDER-UPTAKE Project will focus to recover materials by implementing a process line for the PHA production/extraction as well as the installation of final filters filled with Biochar and zeolites for nutrients adsorption.
The Corleone WWTP (12,000 IE) is a typical conventional activated process having two aerobic biological reactors with surface aeration followed by three final clarifiers. The WWTP also has membrane modules for final effluent filtration and a distribution network for water reuse (irrigation) by local agriculture and green urban areas (i.e. green gardens).
WIDER-UPTAKE Project will focus to water reuse in agriculture, an experimental field trial will be conducted for the assessment of field interactions among water-soil-plants.