Innovation and Demonstration for a Competitive and Innovative European Water Reuse Sector (DEMOWARE)

  • 16 May, 2021
  • Project Focuswater management
  • Sector(s)urban


  • business models
  • tools development
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • technology mapping


DEMOWARE had the following main objective: To rectify the shortcomings of European water stress, low public confidence and inconsistent approaches by executing a highly collaborative programme of demonstration and exploitation, using nine existing demonstration sites and one greenfield site. That include water reuse in agriculture, urban and industrial sites, that stimulates innovation and improves cohesion within the evolving European water reuse sector.

The Specific Objective of the project:

  • To demonstrate the technical feasibility of innovative technologies for wastewater reclamation and reuse.
  • To demonstrate advanced monitoring and control options for the assurance of desired routes/fate of water constituents (pathogens, contaminants and nutrients) in various water recycling schemes.
  • To demonstrate how through the assessment and management of environmental and human health risks the socio-economic and environmental benefits of water reuse schemes can be maximized while negative health and environmental impacts are kept to a minimum
  • To increase and promote the marketability of water reuse schemes.
  • To improve the ability of reuse scheme operators to deliver socially acceptable projects within collaborative and effective governance regimes.
  • To promote a wider understanding and awareness of water reuse practices among public administrations and end-users
  • To create and nurture an identity and knowledge base for the nascent European water reuse sector. Including the establishment of a European Water Reuse Association.

Services provided by WE&B

WE&B developed the following services:

  • Designing business models for the relevant markets for water recycling systems
  • Designing Business models for innovative water reuse technologies
  • Designing Business models for operators of water reuse
  • The application of cost-benefit analysis of water solutions
  • The design and development of an online tool to aid SMEs in implementing Water Reuse technologies:

Project Partners

CTM, FHNW, Cranfield University, IRSA-CNR, IRTA, KWR, KWB, ACTeon, CAD, AMPHOS21, Fiordelisi, Checklight, CASSA, ROTEC, Blue biolabs, Nanosight, ASIO, Dow Chemical, Mekorot, Thames Water, VERI, VWSI, JRC, Puglia Region, IWVA, Vendée Eau