Water reuse policies advancement for resource efficient European regions

Project title Water reuse policies advancement for resource efficient European regions
Project acronym AQUARES


Environment and resource efficiency, water management, sustainable wastewater management,  circular economy, policy for sustainable use of water resources
Duration 01.06.2019 – 31.05.2023
Co-financed by


European Regional Development Fund

INTERREG EUROPE – European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme

Total budget  1,835,546.00 EUR
Project partners Lead partner:

Spain – Regional Government of Murcia, Ministry of Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, General Direction of Water

Project partners:

Spain – Euro-mediterranean Water Institute Foundation (FIEA);

Malta – Energy and Water Agency;

Greece – Ministry of Environment and Energy, Special Secretariat for Water;

Italy – Lombardy Foundation for the Environment;

Slovenia – The Municipality of Trebnje;

Czech Republic – The Regional Development Agency of the Pardubice Region;

Germany – Water Board of Oldenburg and East Frisia;

Poland – Lodzkie Region;

Latvia – Association Baltic Coasts



Water reuse is a key way to both promote resource efficiency in water scarce areas of Europe, and to profit from opportunities in the expanding water market, thereby alleviating pressure on wetlands and littoral areas of Europe. The EC “Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Water”, was set in place to promote and support efficient water management in Europe where water scarcity affects 11% of its population.

In this context, AQUARES will support public authorities to initiate efforts, join forces and exchange experiences to:

  1. identify viable strategies to utilize water reuse to confront inefficient uses of water
  2. make the most of EU financing tools, and
  3. promote public dialogue to address conflicting interests.



AQUARES brings together 10 partners from 9 countries, to achieve efficient water management through water reuse, profit from the opportunities in the water market, and secure the protection of water bodies.



  • Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively support water reuse
  • 10+ million € investments unlocked to support projects on water efficiency and to improve the management of water bodies
  • Increased awareness and consensus building among water providers, the workforce, and citizens, to support measures for water reuse (over 1000 individuals).



  • 9 action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments, benefiting managing authorities and beneficiaries
  • 3 interregional workshops, 3 study visits and 10 bipartite site visits promoting capacity building among partners and stakeholders
  • 1 online toolkit on the evaluation of water reuse investments for regions promoting water efficiency
  • 5 joint thematic studies and analyses reports on territorial needs and opportunities for water reuse pathways