Water Reuse in the Context of the Circular Economy

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"The circular economy approach seeks to recover and reuse as much as possible of the resources used in the economy, to reduce pressure on fresh sources, protect the environment and improve long-term sustainability.
The main potential sources for recovery of ?wastewater?, based on the volumes involved, are: industries using large volumes of water, for reuse on-site; and from municipal wastewater treatment plants for reuse in the broader economy. Internationally, many countries and regions recover and reuse water in these ways, for a wide variety of purposes. Typically, recovered wastewater must be treated to a standard that is suitable for its intended purpose ? and the standards are different depending on the type of reuse that is proposed.
This project addresses ?Water reuse in the context of the circular economy in Ireland?. This study has reviewed the policy background for water reuse; assessed the international practices in water reuse, including how public engagement is carried out when projects are being planned; examined the main technologies that are used for water recovery and their suitability; and conducted significant stakeholder engagement, including the first national public survey on attitudes to water reuse in Ireland. In particular, the public survey yielded new insights into the attitudes of Irish people towards water reuse, which can serve as a reference point for future work in this area. "

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Dr. Eoin Byrne
CIT Cork Institute of Technology

Kevin Fitzgibbon
WSSIC, Cork Institute of Technology

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Author(s)Byrne, E. Fitzgibbon, K.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationWater Reuse in the Context of the Circular Economy
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=6b493f21-d37e-11e8-9a31-005056ae0019
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-14

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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=3161
Resource Keywordswastewater, reuse, industry, municipal, wastewater treatment, recycling
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceResearchers can access the data freely provided that they acknowledge the report and authors in all publications, reports, or other documents.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Monday 16th January 2017 (16-01-2017)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 12th March 2018 (12-03-2018)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Saturday 7th April 2018 (07-04-2018)
Published on SAFERFriday 19th October 2018 (19-10-2018)
Date of Last EditFriday 19th October 2018 at 10:10:03 (19-10-2018)
Datasets or Files Updated On Friday 19th October 2018 at 10:10:03 (19-10-2018)

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The results of the National Pubic Survey on Awareness and Attitudes to implementing municipal wastewater reuse in Ireland.

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"There is no Government policy in Ireland to pursue water reuse from municipal sources at present and no European Directive currently requires member states to adopt such measures. However, the direction of travel is towards greater resource conservation in line with ?circular economy? thinking; water reuse is part of that overall picture. There is a gap in standards for water reuse, both in Europe and in Ireland. Recently,
There is a gap in standards for water reuse, both in Europe and in Ireland. At present there are no guidelines or compulsory water quality criteria for recovered wastewater that is to be reused in some beneficial way in the economy.
There was a lack of data on the level of water reuse in Ireland, in both industry and from municipal wastewater treatment plants, that this project aimed address."
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The dataset resulting from this project consists of the results of the National Pubic Survey on Awareness and Attitudes to implementing municipal wastewater reuse in Ireland. This survey collected data to:
? Assess the level of acceptability of the main water reuse purposes seen internationally;
? Gauge opinion on the perceived potential benefits of water reuse in the economy;
? Assess the level of concern over commonly perceived barriers to water reuse adoption;
? Gauge the level of trust in various bodies regarding water reuse;
? Invite open-ended feedback on the overall topic.
Any personal contact information from respondents is removed from the dataset.
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