Water reclaimed for irrigation in Aguilas, Murcia
4 June, 2050
Waste water source
The municipal WWTP is operated by ESAMUR. From time to time, the Irrigation Community cannot use the reclaimed water due to problems on water quality. This is due to mass tourism and the rise in wastewater production that results in a lesser treatment quality.
There is a pipe system from the WWTP that transports the water to about 50 meters above sea level, from where it is distributed.
The reclaimed water is used in greenhouses with hydroponic crops.
Waste water treatment description
Nutrient removal : Activated sludge
Pesticide removal : Ultraviolet and advanced oxidation with ozone
Disinfection : UV disinfection and advanced oxidation with ozone
Suspended solids removal : Sand filter, coagulation and flocculation
The Irrigators Community is using 2 hm³ as irrigation water on a yearly basis.
Extent of the agricultural beneficiaries
The Irrigators Community covers an area of 6,000 hectares divided over 900 farmers. The reclaimed water is used to irrigate 800 hectares of the irrigators communities grounds.
The reclaimed water is provided to the farmers at a cost of 0.07 euros/m³.
Type of agreement
There is an agreement with the River Basin Authority of Segura river and sanitary control, it is renewed every 15 days.