Water reuse in agriculture is a relevant solution to be further promoted to address growing water scarcity in arid and semiarid regions and respond to the increasing food demand of the rapidly and ever-growing population


Reasons to attend this course

Better understand the role of wastewater reuse in water resource management and planning.
Enhance capacity to assess wastewater suitability for irrigation.
Become familiar with current and forthcoming regulatory frameworks on wastewater reuse at national and international levels.
Learn about the necessary treatments for a safe wastewater fit-for purpose reuse, technically and economically viable.
Gain insights on irrigation practices and techniques for the use of reclaimed water sources that preserve soil quality and crop production.
Explore strategies to improve the acceptance of wastewater reuse for food production.
Raise awareness of the institutional and socioeconomic implications of wastewater reuse projects.
Acquire experience in the development and implementation of wastewater reuse projects through real success cases.


Applied approach (lectures, practical work, case studies & visits)

13 leading international experts

Course given in English, Spanish and French with interpretation


  • 1. Water reuse in perspective
    • 1.1. Role of wastewater resources in water-scarce conditions
      • 1.1.1. Historical review of the treated wastewater reuse in the agricultural sector
      • 1.1.2. Opportunities and challenges associated with the use of reclaimed water
    • 1.2. The water reuse concept
      • 1.2.1. Wastewater sources
      • 1.2.2. Direct and indirect use of wastewater
      • 1.2.3. Treated, partially treated and untreated wastewater
    • 1.3. Integration of wastewater resources in an integrated water resource management scheme
    • 1.4. Water reuse in the circular economy context
    • 1.5. Debate: experiences in participants' countries
  • 2. Water quality parameters for assessing wastewater suitability for irrigation
    • 2.1. Pathogens, heavy metals, organic compounds, emergent contaminants, nutrients, salts
    • 2.2. Relationship of these parameters with the wastewater effects on the environment and the plant production quality and safety
    • 2.3. Establishment of monitoring systems
  • 3. Regulations and standards at national and international level
    • 3.1. Water reuse and food and hygiene standards
    • 3.2. The philosophy behind the new European legislation
    • 3.3. Differences between Mediterranean countries
  • 4. Water reclamation systems and implementation of treatment technologies
    • 4.1. Wastewater collection, treatment, storage and distribution
    • 4.2. Fit-for-purpose water treatment technologies
    • 4.3. Low-cost treatments
    • 4.4. Primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatments
    • 4.5. Advanced treatments
    • 4.6. Other products from the wastewater treatment (sludge, biogas, phosphorus, etc.)
    • 4.7. Operation and maintenance of water reclamation systems
    • 4.8. Continuous production vs seasonal uses
    • 4.9. Decentralisation vs large treatment plants
    • 4.10. Costs and technological efficiency
  • 5. Irrigation with wastewater in arid and semi-arid zones
    • 5.1. Quality of the effluent and choice of the irrigation system and devices
    • 5.2. Effects in the short and long term on crops and soil
      • 5.2.1. Salinity effects
      • 5.2.2. Nutrient management
      • 5.2.3. Crop yield and quality
    • 5.3. Innovative models and adaptation of irrigation techniques and practices
      • 5.3.1. Irrigation district level
      • 5.3.2. Farm level
    • 5.4. Risk assessment
  • 6. Institutional framework and socioeconomic aspects
    • 6.1. Economic analysis
      • 6.1.1. Cost-benefit analysis to assess the economic feasibility
      • 6.1.2. Innovative financing and cost recovery
    • 6.2. Social aspects
      • 6.2.1. Stakeholder and consumer acceptance
      • 6.2.2. Strategies to promote irrigation with treated wastewater in Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region
    • 6.3. Institutional framework
      • 6.3.1. Inter-sectoral coordination requirements and policy coherence
      • 6.3.2. Development of scenarios for institutional set up/establishment of wastewater reuse management
      • 6.3.3. Public/private partnership
  • 7. Experiences in reclaimed water use
    • 7.1. Real case studies of reclaimed water use at orchard, district irrigation and watershed scales
      • 7.1.1. Murcia region (Spain)
      • 7.1.2. ReWater-MENA project
      • 7.1.3. Samra project (Jordan)
      • 7.1.4. Debate
    • 7.2. Practical work - Play to learn exercise: participatory processes for wastewater reuse projects
    • 7.3. Technical visit to an irrigation area using wastewater from a wastewater treatment plant

Train at an outstanding international institution


For participation in the course programme, lectures and practicals, candidates can apply online at the following address: www.admission.iamz.ciheam.org

The course is targeted to professionals with a university degree, and is aimed at public and private professionals involved in water decision making, management, treatment, reuse, technical consultancy and research in the agricultural sector.

The course will be held online from 17 to 25 May 2021, over seven 4-hour days, from 9:15h to 13:45h (Central European Time).

Application deadline: 5 March 2021. The deadline may be extended if there are free places available.

Registration fees for the course amount to 400 euro. This sum covers tuition fees only.
Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries, from ICARDA Middle East and North Africa partners, and from FAO Near East and North Africa member countries, may apply for scholarships covering registration fees and for scholarships covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation in the Hall of Residence on the Aula Dei Campus. Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza

Av. Montañana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain



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