The Joan Plaça Auditorium of the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia will host next Wednesday, October 30, the day Reuse in the context of the circular economy: a necessary challenge (program). In the meeting, the Chair of Transformation of the Economic Model of the UV (Circular Economy in the Water Sector) will be presented, and will bring together university experts, business executives, professionals and Government representatives to talk about the scarcity of a basic resource such as water and the need for a new paradigm in its treatment.

The lack of sufficient water is being accentuated in many territorial areas like the Valencian Community, with serious effects on our environment and our economy. It is appropriate to adopt water efficiency measures and address the reuse of treated wastewater as a safe and viable means of increasing the water supply by reducing pressure on already overexploited water resources.

Moreover, we must reconsider our traditional approach to water consumption to adopt new strategies that allow this vital resource to be reused to the fullest. This paradigm shift implies moving towards a circular economy approach in which wastewater is no longer seen as waste, but as a valuable resource in a context of water scarcity. A combination of regulations, incentives and the intervention of all the actors involved will be key in order to transform the criteria of water resources management.

In turn, the reuse of water in agriculture also contributes to the recycling of nutrients by promoting a lower use of chemical fertilizers. Therefore, the promotion of the treated wastewater reuse sector should have a special role in the circular economy