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Enhancing a Transition to a Circular Economy in the Water Sector: The EU Project WIDER UPTAKE

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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Department of Agricultural, Food and Forest Science, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Department of Biological, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Department of Law, University of Palermo, Via Maqueda 172, 90134 Palermo, Italy
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SINTEF, NO-7465, S.P Andersens vei 3, P.O. Box 4760 Trondheim, Norway
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Academic Editors: Joaquim Comas and Rui Cunha Marques
Water 2021, 13(7), 946; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070946
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 7 March 2021 / Accepted: 24 March 2021 / Published: 30 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Wastewater Treatment and Reuse)
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) require an urgent transition from a linear to a circular economy operation/design concept with a consequent resource recovery and more sustainable waste management. Natural resources have to be preserved, and wastes have to become an opportunity for recovering resources and materials (water reuse, energy, sludge reuse). However, the transition toward a circular economy is a complex and long process due to the existence of technical, economic, social and regulatory barriers. These existing barriers are critical challenges for a modern and sustainable WWTP concept. The recovery of resources must be considered a strategic target from the earliest process-design phase. In this context, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project “Achieving wider uptake of water-smart solutions—WIDER UPTAKE” aims to overcome the existing barriers (technological, regulatory, organizational, social and economic) toward the transition from a linear to a circular economy model for WWTPs. This study is aimed at increasing the awareness of the existing barriers to a circular economy and summarizes the key contributions of the WIDER UPTAKE project in terms of water reuse, sludge reuse and nutrient recovery. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart water; circular economy; wastewater treatment smart water; circular economy; wastewater treatment
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Mannina, G.; Badalucco, L.; Barbara, L.; Cosenza, A.; Di Trapani, D.; Gallo, G.; Laudicina, V.A.; Marino, G.; Muscarella, S.M.; Presti, D.; Helness, H. Enhancing a Transition to a Circular Economy in the Water Sector: The EU Project WIDER UPTAKE. Water 2021, 13, 946. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070946

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Mannina G, Badalucco L, Barbara L, Cosenza A, Di Trapani D, Gallo G, Laudicina VA, Marino G, Muscarella SM, Presti D, Helness H. Enhancing a Transition to a Circular Economy in the Water Sector: The EU Project WIDER UPTAKE. Water. 2021; 13(7):946. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070946

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Mannina, Giorgio; Badalucco, Luigi; Barbara, Lorenzo; Cosenza, Alida; Di Trapani, Daniele; Gallo, Giuseppe; Laudicina, Vito A.; Marino, Giuseppe; Muscarella, Sofia M.; Presti, Dario; Helness, Herman. 2021. "Enhancing a Transition to a Circular Economy in the Water Sector: The EU Project WIDER UPTAKE" Water 13, no. 7: 946. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13070946

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