Thematic Process T.3.3.4
Lack of sustainable wastewater management has direct impact on aquatic ecosystems, disrupting the fundamental integrity of our life support systems. Properly managed, wastewater is a huge source of water, energy and nutrients. Wastewater sludge can be used to manufacture construction materials to generate biogas and biofuel, providing opportunities for green employment and social well-being, turning a harmful pollutant into a valuable resource. This session will showcase that an integrated wastewater management is possible. For that, it is important to have technological capabilities, right rules and regulations, supportive policies and financial mechanisms. In this session, outcomes from studies conducted by UNEP/GPA, Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I) will be presented to demonstrate how these elements can be integrated. Several case studies from different regions will be presented including wastewater management and reuse applications in Turkey and the example of West Basin in California (US) on fit- for- purpose wastewater treatment for multiple benefits of water reuse in different domains (irrigation, industrial, and environmental restoration). The City Blueprints action group of the EIP (European Innovation Partnership) Water studies will be outlined to explain their methodology to assess the integration of reclaimed wastewater in a city’s water management strategy.