The General Meeting of SUWANU EUROPE project took place on June, 5-6 in Nicosia (Cyprus).
This event, organized by the University of Cyprus, was held after the first six months of project’s work addressed to all consortium partners. The aim of this meeting was to complete the characterization of the target regions and completing the SWOT analysis. The general meeting also allowed the interaction and the exchange of ideas between all the partners.
Cyprus was chosen to celebrate this event as it is a success story of the use of reclaimed water in agriculture. Traditionally this region has suffered from water scarcity and water reuse is an essential part of the country water management strategy.
The first day of the meeting was focused on presenting the relevant milestones achieved during this half of the year. The existing knowledge and material on reclaimed water were also reviewed. The partners highlighted Israel and Cyprus as lighthouses of the project and summarized the actions to follow in the next months.
The second day was intended to visit an Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant (UWTP) in Vathia Gonia and a crop site in Potamia where treated wastewater is reused for long-term irrigation. The Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant included a membrane bioreactor which is able to obtain a high quality effluent to irrigate crops. This visit was very useful for all the partners and for expanding the knowledge on reclaimed water.
The day ended with the meeting closure in the University of Cyprus where the partners were separated into working groups to discuss about specific deliverables and tasks.