PrAEctiCe project is funded by the HORIZON Europe programme under Grant Agreement number 101084248

PrAEctiCe presented at the IWA Water and Development Congress & Exhibition

The PrAEctiCe project’s coordinating partner, Hochschule Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA), presented the project at the International Water Association (IWA) Water and Development Congress and Exhibition, which was held in Kigali, Rwanda from December 10 to 14, 2023. The theme of the event was “Water, Sanitation, and Climate Resilience – Key to Water-wise Future”. The representative from HKA delivered an oral presentation titled “Solar-Powered Membrane Bioreactors – A Promising Technology for Water Reuse in East Africa.”

The conference’s main focus was on achieving United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030
(SDG 6). The discussions centred on sustaining projects and living labs even after the project duration, emphasising the significance of project outreach and the involvement of local partners. The attendees also deliberated on the importance of disseminating new technologies, educating locals about them, and the socio-economic impact of the project.

The keynote delivered by Mathi Vathanan during the opening ceremony was the highlight of the conference. He spoke about the decentralised strategy implemented by the state government in Odisha, India, which led to the provision of safe drinking water directly from the tap for the first time in India. The audience learned about the breakdown of tasks required to achieve the various stages of implementation, as well as ways to overcome the challenges faced on the ground.

During the presentation, the audience was informed about the outcomes of two previous projects, Vicinaqua and Reuse4hos. The purpose of these projects was to highlight their contribution towards achieving SDG 6. It was also demonstrated that the membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology for wastewater treatment has been successfully implemented in African countries. The audience was particularly interested in the ultrafiltration technology, the quality of the water produced, and the longevity of the built MBR and wastewater treatment plant.

Over 800 attendees, comprised of water scientists, environmental engineers, and policymakers from Africa, convened to participate in the event, wherein they were presented with the PrAEctiCe project. The presentation was received with much appreciation.

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