Impact on the whole water value chain

The whole water value chain will benefit from this disruptive approach of turning a problem into a solution. With a plethora of application possibilities a variety of additional services can be created: e.g. new standardisation procedures for technical equipment or organic farming, new methods for decentralised urban farming with wastewater, new business models with leasing of biogas equipment, , new open data citizen science activities, farmers utilising and commercialising new systems, new types of community farming with shared toilets, community supported agriculture with closed nutrient cycles, etc.

  • Significant reduction of water and energy consumption at regional scale by closing the cycles of material, water, energy, using alternative water sources and supporting transition towards smart water services.

  • Interconnectivity between the water system and other economic and social sectors. Increased public involvement in water management. Increased citizen satisfaction with water services.

  • Replication of new business models in other areas and replication of models for synergies between appropriate funding instruments at regional, national or European level.

  • Closing the infrastructure and investment gap in the water service sector.

  • Creation of new markets in the short and medium term.

  • Providing evidence-based knowledge regarding the enabling framework conditions that facilitate a broader transition to a circular economy in the EU.

  • Implementing Sustainable Development Goals, particularly 12 ‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’ and 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’, and conclusions of COP21 Paris.