Dr. Caterina Brandoni from Ulster University, leader of EU project ALICE on Innovation in Urban Wastewater Management for Climate Change presents the project to PhD students in Agricultural, Agro-environmental and Food Resources and Technologies (ReTos-AAA) of UMH Universidad Miguel Hernández in Alicante at the region of Murcia, Spain. 

A lecture was organised in the frame of the ALICE project on the "Governance of Water Reuse in Murcia: Legal and Practical Issues". Mr. Manuel Boluda Fernández, responsible of procedures of the service of rural facilities of Region Murcia (Spain) was introduced by ALICE researcher Erik Longo to present this interesting case study. 

During their secondment at the project partner Region of Murcia, ALICE researchers Dr. Caterina Brandoni (Ulster University/UU,), Dr. Alberto Longo (Queen’s University Belfast/QUB) and PhD Student Mr. Alessandro Simoncelli (University of Macerata/UniMC), from the UK and Italy, presented the project and the work underway at the Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM).

How do we manage water in cities? Where does our drinking water come from? Where does our waste water go? How much water do we consume? Is our life-style affecting our water? This first overview of Urban Water Management in Europe explains and illustrates water in an unprecedented way, reflecting how water flows through the arteries of our cities. Informative texts, stunning photographs and fascinating artwork allows us to address and answer these and other questions.

Most human activities that use water produce wastewater. As the overall demand for water grows, the quantity of wastewater produced and its overall pollution load are continuously increasing worldwide. Over 80% of the world’s wastewater – and over 95% in some least developed countries – is released to the environment without treatment.

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Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty. 

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Water covers 72% of the Earth’s surface but under 3% of it is suitable for drinking & irrigation. Over the past thirty years, droughts have dramatically increased in number and intensity in the EU and at least 11% of the European population and 17% of its territory have been affected by water scarcity to date.

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Partners of the EU H2020 MSCA RISE project ALICE, both specialised academic institutions and industry representatives on urban waste water management and communication 

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The ALICE project partners met a number of key stakeholders during the Stakeholder Breakfast held in Brussels as part of the project kick-off meeting. 

Των Τουμαζή Τουμαζή και Δρ. Ειρήνης Μιχαήλ-Κορδάτου του Διεθνούς Ερευνητικού Κέντρου Νερού Νηρέας του Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου

Το ερευνητικό έργο "AcceLerate Innovation in urban wastewater management for Climate changE", με την επωνυμία ALICE, εγκρίθηκε το Σεπτέμβριο του 2016 για χρηματοδότηση στο πλαίσιο της δράσης "Marie Skłodowska-Curie: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)" που εντάσσεται στο πρόγραμμα Ορίζοντας 2020 (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2016).