Addressing water scarcity, including new water stress imposed by climate change, implies a huge and combined effort from the industry, science, and public to put into practice new innovative and sustainable development approaches/solutions based on the systematic use of non-conventional water resources, by recycling and reusing water, to attain a better balance between water demand and water availability.
MARSOL's main expected impact is to put into practice the generalized use of MAR creating new worldwide market opportunities for this technical solution aiming to increase the water resources availability by means of storing water, through recycling, reuse and from periods of excess, to be recovered in periods of scarcity. Improving the integrated and sustainable management of water resources and ecosystems, MAR will advance the potential of water reuse, due to water quality improvement during aquifer transport and storage. It can also be highly effective in counteracting salinization of coastal aquifers, an EU-wide phenomenon. This means that MAR can play an important role in a more rational and efficient water resources management.
The direct beneficiaries of MAR solutions are the water sector users, which can rely on improved water availability. These include farmers, water suppliers, industry, society and combined partnerships. The job creation potential and competitive advantage for EU industry will rise (i) from the development of a new market, for industry and SMEs, on MAR technical solutions capable of delivering the appropriate response to the increasing water needs, and also (ii) from the competitive opportunity created for the water users from the increase and reliability of water source, in terms of quantity and quality.
The expected impacts result from the development of following actions:
- Define the more adequate methodologies to optimizing the best potential locations for MAR.
- Catalogue existing infrastructure designs and improved solutions, and their adequacy for each typified situation (e.g., enabling increased development, combat environmental impacts such as marine intrusion and other water quality problems, and mitigate climate change impacts) demonstrating best approaches and innovative aspects through the DEMO sites.
- Design a monitoring program approach, implementing low-cost devices, sensors, on-line transmission and other techniques targeted to control and optimize aquifer storage replenishment and ensure good recharged water quality.
- Define an EU legal framework for MAR implementation, properly inserted in all other legal connected issues, as the genesis of successful effective water management, including designs, monitoring, codes of good practice and proper dissemination.
- Ensure effective integration of the MAR DEMO sites into a Socio-Ecological System (SES), covering actions at the users community level, further down to the individual level where water users are involved in the creation of affordable domestic "water harvesting" with public participation and shared responsibility.
- Promote international cooperation from MAR by means of principles of governance through social networks and collaborative platforms, with particular attention paid to developing countries.
Aquifer Recharge as a
Solution to Water Scarcity
An EU FP7 Project
Coordination & Contact:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schüth
Darmstadt Technical University
Institute of Applied Geosciences
The MARSOL project receives funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration under grant agreement no 619120.
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