THE VALUE OF WATER(S) - Strategies to reduce impact on freshwater resources | Vila Nova de Gaia (and online), 30 March, 14:30-18:00 GMT
Aqua Publica Europea is pleased to invite you to our next public seminar:
The Value of Water(s): Strategies to reduce impact on freshwater resources.
The event will take place in person at THE LODGE HOTEL (Rua de Serpa Pinto 60, 4400-307 Vila Nova de Gaia) and online.
The frequency and geographical extent of drought events affecting Europe are increasing. As predicted by the latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), water scarcity is rapidly shifting from a primarily Mediterranean issue to a continental emergency. Addressing this fundamental societal challenge requires an overhaul of water resources management.
A recently adopted EU regulation should encourage the reuse of water (following wastewater treatment process) by the agricultural sector, which is the main “user” of freshwater resources on our continent. Reclaimed water or alternative water sources also have the potential to meet certain industrial needs or urban uses. In addition to reducing the impact on freshwater resources, these alternative sources can also help save high quality and precious water for drinking purposes.
In this framework, the seminar aims to explore the potential and challenges of implementing the new water reuse regulation in agriculture, as well as the opportunities for alternative water sources in urban contexts.
14:30-14:45 Welcome address
Miguel Lemos, President, Aguas de Gaia
14:45-16:15 Session 1 – The new EU regulation on water reuse: Potential and challenges
- Objectives and provisions of the Reg. EU 2020/741
Valentina Bastino, Policy Officer ‘EU water legislation and policy’, European Commission [from remote]
- The experience of water utilities
Hugo Xambre, Águas do Tejo Atlântico (PT)
Eddy Troosters, Chief Executive Officer, PIDPA (BE)
- The view of the agricultural sector
Adriano Battilani, Secretary General, Irrigants d’Europe [from remote]
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Session 2 – The potential of water reuse in agriculture and beyond: Perspectives
Prof. Domenico Laforgia, President, Acquedotto Pugliese (IT)
Speaker tbd, European Association of Water Regulator (WAREG)
Prof. Joaquim Poças Martins, President of the Portuguese Water Council
17:30 Conclusive remarks: The way forward
José Pimenta Machado, Portuguese Environmental Authority
Interpretation service available: Portuguese, English, Italian & French