On 16th – 17th March 2016, the NEREUS meeting was held at the Water Services Corporation’s Institute of Water Technology at Luqa Head Office. NEREUS (New and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Wastewater Reuse) is a COST Action Initiative (ES1403). COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
The main objective of the COST Action NEREUS ES1403 is to develop a multi-disciplinary network to study the current challenges related to wastewater reuse practices. It specifically focuses on public health and environmental perspectives and on developing solutions for overcoming these challenges. NEREUS aims at enhancing and giving value to wastewater reuse, thus making major contributions to European scientific and technological excellence, the wider society and the economy.
The Action intends to:
- Deliver best-practice recommendations for wastewater reuse in irrigation, and solid scientific knowledge to stakeholders, policymakers and the public
- Develop unifrom means of assessing wastewater quality with respect to contaminants of emerging concern including antibiotic-resistant bacteria and resistance genes
- Establish specifications for technologies able to produce wastewater with minimal levels of such contaminants according to the needs of the reuse practice
- Compile valid and reliable information to be used in regulatory frameworks
This action brings together experts and researchers from thirty countries. Members come from various universities, institutes and organisations and also from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Malta is represented by two Executive Directors within the Water Services Corporation who are presently working and promoting reuse initiatives locally.
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