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KWR coordinates governance in DEMOWARE 

How can we stimulate water reuse in Europe?

17 August 2013Networks Research

How can the possibilities and opportunities for water reuse in Europe be improved? This is the central question addressed by the European project DEMOWARE, which is subtitled: Innovation Demonstration for a Competitive and Innovative European Water Reuse Sector. The project is approved in 2013 and gets underway in early 2014.

The three-year project involves 27 partners from 10 different countries

DEMOWARE is directed at all aspects of water reuse: the development of innovative technologies, monitoring, environmental and health risks, market opportunities, financing as well as governance – the more policy-related side of water reuse. The three-year project involves 27 partners from 10 different countries, and most of its financing comes from the European Commission’s FP7 programme Water Innovation Demonstration Projects.

Set up and test governance model

KWR is the coordinator of the governance work-package. Together with its partners, including Cranfield University, KWR is starting with research into policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, and into the involvement of citizens and stakeholders. Thus, for instance, those involved in the successful water reuse project at Torreele, Belgium, will be interviewed. The conclusions with regard to what makes an effective and supportive governance model will be implemented at a new water reuse project in the French department of Vendée.

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