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Phosphorus (P), due to its high environmental, economic and social importance is considered as one of the strategical resources on Earth. It is currently listed as Critical Raw Material for the European economy, due to its limited resources in Europe and almost complete dependence on imports from non-EU countries. This means that its sustainable use is crucial for maintaining the security of its flow and supplies in the EU.
If you only notice the quality of water when it flows from your tap, then you definitely do not deal with the management of water resources. However, everyone is involved in this process, and awareness in water issues should be part of the culture for the efforts of experts to gain success and effectiveness, and for consumers to receive high-quality drinking water and a favorable environment.
The long-term regional cooperation of the Baltic Sea countries is one of the best examples of coordinated environmental work in the world, and actions to prevent and remediate negative impacts are on the forefront of our cooperation. This has enabled our region to also become a forefront of scientific innovation, especially in the water and wastewater sector.
It is a common challenge in the whole Baltic Sea Region that municipal wastewater treatment plants, constructed for processing wastewater from households, take a huge load from industries. How to solve it? Through cooperation!
What are the bottlenecks to be solved and incentives needed for enhancing the nutrient recycling in the Baltic Sea Region? Answers to these questions were looked for in the workshop under the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020.
Energy consumption of the wastewater treatment process is an important aspect of the modern wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) management. IWAMA project developed comparative benchmark in energy management, launched self-audit tool and several investments in energy efficiency.
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With the development of cities and the climate change, the natural water circulation is disturbed, which results in reduced water infiltration and evapotranspiration while the surface runoff increases significantly and more frequent flooding occurs in cities. With more consequences to come – lower supply of groundwater and change of the city microclimate, – steps needs to be taken to implement sustainable storm water management.
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In 2016, the sea trout population in a city stream of Helsinki was in trouble. A large deliberate leakage of oil from a garage in the nearby industrial area contaminated the side stream and threatened the whole population. Storm water running to the stream was deteriorated by smaller accidental oil leakages and loading of hazardous substances from the nearby busy streets. Thus, a delicate stream ecosystem in the middle of the city, a densely built catchment area, and very little space for any management structures to clean the storm waters. What to do?
The VillageWaters Project was launched to identify and propose the most effective wastewater treatment solutions for sparsely populated area households using independent water purification systems. How did the project encourage households to implement the new treatment systems and how a suitable and effective wastewater treatment solution can be selected?
Welcome to the Baltic Smart Water Hub, our international water community platform for sharing expertise in smart water management in the Baltic Sea Region. The Hub comprises of interactive elements, through which you can cooperate, share and learn – read more about the opportunities!
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