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Non Conventional WAter Re-use in Agriculture in MEditerranean countries

About the project

Water pressure has given rise in recent decades to a growing gap between supply and demand and to a deterioration in the quality of superficial and underground water sources in the Mediterranean region. Mediterranean countries are still torn between old and new water policies, and water shortage is not related only to increasing demand, but also to poor infrastructure and management practices. The joint challenges of MENAWARA project consist in providing additional resources by recycling drainage and wastewater, tapping water losses, rationalizing water use practices and setting operational governance models in line with national and international plans. The project is designed to enhance access to water through the treatment of wastewater to be re-used as complementary irrigation and to strengthen the capacity of governmental institutions, non-state actors operating in the sector, technicians, and farmers. 

Key information

Non Conventional WAter Re-use in Agriculture in MEditerranean countries
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.1 Water efficiency
Italy, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Spain

Financial data

2.9 million
Total budget
2.6 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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What will be improved?

In all intervention areas, the available hectares for agriculture use will increase and groundwater salinity will decrease, as well as the use of fertilizers. The project will reduce the stress on freshwater sources and will improve the quality of treated wastewater in agriculture. New jobs will be created by incrementing the surface of fertile land equipped with innovative water supply solutions. The project will also contribute to increased farmers’ acceptance of the use of treated wastewater, thus saving fertilizers and increasing profit. 

Who will benefit?

  • 45 farmer households using treated wastewater to irrigate olive trees, fodders and ornamental and fruit plants
  • 50 technicians from local institutions working in the fields related to the project activities 
  • 20 local and national authorities
  • 4,200 people living in the target areas with access to enhanced water quality 

Expected achievements

  • 6 wastewater treatment plants equipped with new low-cost pre and post-treatment systems to improve the quality of treated wastewater for agricultural purposes (Imhoff tank, permeable reactive barriers, sand filters, UV, chlorination, etc.)
  • 46.5 hectares of land irrigated with treated wastewater through modern, efficient systems (low-cost innovative sprinklers, subsurface drip irrigation)
  • 5 training sessions addressed to managers, technicians of local institutions, researchers and farmers
  • 6 recommendation papers to promote the use of treated wastewater in agriculture
  • 1 interactive web platform facilitating access to information related to best practices and legislation on non-conventional water management

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