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October 2020
ICT4Water Quarterly Newsletter

Note from the editor

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of the ICT4Water newsletter. In this edition updates from our member projects PrimeWater, ZERO BRINE, G3P, RESCCUE, NextGen, AfriAlliance and SMART-Plant.

We are happy to inform you that the Results Pack Digitalisation through the ICT4WATER cluster to boost innovation in the water sector, that presents the results of twelve projects members of the cluster, is now available also in French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Please disseminate to your local networks!

Finally, we want to remind you that the H2020 European Green Deal Call is now open for submissions.

Stay safe.

The ICT4Water team

EO 4 Water 2020


Especially relevant for everybody working with Earth Observation content, the Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2020 Conference takes place on 16-18 November 2020. This Conference aims at reviewing the latest advances in the use of Earth observation (EO) technology for scientific questions related to the water cycle and its applications, exploring the potential offered by the coming EO as well as the main challenges and opportunities for the coming decade.

The ultimate target of the event is to contribute to define a scientific agenda that may drive future scientific activities of ESA and other space agencies and partners in the coming few years. The Conference is open to EO scientists, water researchers and students, modellers, Earth system and climate scientists, industry, operational agencies, policy makers, representatives of local communities and other stakeholders interested in sharing their knowledge and experience and in contributing to drive the scientific agenda for advancing EO water research and applications.

The Earth Observation for Water Cycle Science 2020 Conference will be held On Line on 16-18 November 2020.

Check the website for more information >


Enhancing Earth Observation data and other Copernicus sectoral services.

The H2020 funded PrimeWater project is adding value to Earth Observation data and other Copernicus sectoral services. This is through cross-cutting research, using state of the art process-based and data-driven modelling for predicting hydrological extremes and water quality issues such as Harmful Algae Bloom events in lakes and reservoirs. The aim of the project is to improve the skill of hydro-ecological forecasts and their related impact at different spatial and temporal scales, by integrating satellite imaging spectrometry into the modelling chain through advanced Data Assimilation techniques and Machine Learning algorithms.

In this interview with the International Water Association, Apostolos Tzimas, Managing Director at EMVIS Consultant Engineers and project lead, presents expected outputs of the PrimeWater project and highlights how PrimeWater plans to bring new knowledges on EO-based technologies closer to end users.

To learn more about PrimeWater, please visit the website:

To read about the latest news, please read the latest PrimeWater newsletter

Watch here the project introductory video.


ZERO BRINE Online Trainings: Towards Circularity and Industrial Symbiosis

ZERO BRINE is an H2020 project focusing on innovative technologies to recover high value minerals from industrial wastewater with additional environmental, social and economic benefits, while providing tools to further industrial symbiosis.

For industrial cluster managing authorities, understanding water-related risks and how new business opportunities can improve organisational and international competitiveness is crucial in Europe and beyond. Furthermore, circular business models where high-quality resources are recovered and reused from process water, offer a solution. As an emerging market, reclaimed minerals are interesting for industries that want to reduce their costs and work more sustainably.

For this purpose, two online training sessions will be organised by Institute of Sustainable Process Technologies. On 1 December (9:00-12:00 CET) a training will be held for industrial cluster managing authorities, with an emphasis on six Dutch industry clusters. The second training session on 3 December (9:00-12:00 CET) will be held for company personnel to build symbiotic brine relationships and circular business opportunities.

The main tool used in both training sessions is the Online Brine Platform (OBP). The OBP is an active web service which aims to promote the flow of secondary raw materials by linking brine/salt owners with the mineral/water users and technology and waste heat providers. Thus, industries can be mapped and possible matches among the industries and across the value chain can be identified.

Want to learn more about the upcoming trainings? Contact



AfriAlliance Webinar Series

AfriAlliance is delighted to announce its webinar series: "Facing climate change: strengthening African stakeholders in water and climate"! This series of interactive webinars will tackle key challenges for African stakeholders relating to climate change and water, as well as the potential of social innovation when confronting these issues. Several of these webinars will also be conducted in French.

Learn and discuss first-hand with the AfriAlliance partners:

• How social innovation can be implemented by Action Groups;
• How AfriAlliance has matched water and climate solutions with key needs of African stakeholders;
• How monitoring and forecasting can be used to assess water and climate trends;
• How you can make the most of the material and tools produced by AfriAlliance;
• And much more!

The third webinar in this series will be held on 21 October 2020:

  • How to create sustainable Communities of Practice in Africa on Water and Climate activities at 14:00 CEST

Find out more and register for the webinars here:


Meet the new ICT4Water member project: The Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product (G3P)

Groundwater is one of the most important freshwater resources for mankind and for ecosystems. Due to its fundamental role in the Earth’s water and energy cycles, groundwater has been declared as an Essential Climate Variable (ECV) by GCOS, the Global Climate Observing System. The Copernicus Services, however, do not yet deliver data on this fundamental resource, nor is there any other data source worldwide that operationally provides information on changing groundwater resources in a consistent way, observation-based, and with global coverage. A consortium comprised of twelve partner organisations with outstanding experience in the fields of GRACE data analyses, groundwater research, and data product development and dissemination will work together to close this gap within the framework of G3P, the Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product. This product will show groundwater storage variations with global coverage and monthly resolution from 2002 until present.

Are you curious to read about how exactly we will close the gap? Visit our website:

Creative Commons: Chacani, Peru (Copernicus), by ESA

URCC 2020: “You are climate change”

In the current context of climate change, the effects of each crisis depend on the preparation of cities to respond to these threats. Therefore, cities are taking more and more measures to be more resilient, that is, to anticipate, resist and recover with the least amount of damage in front climate change-related impacts.

In this regard, RESCCUE, the first large-scale European R&D project on urban resilience, led by SUEZ, will organize the Urban Resilience in a context of Climate Change (URCC) conference on October 20 and 21. This online meeting will  bring together over 500 experts from academia, administrations, companies and local communities to exchange knowledge and share challenges and solutions in cities, with a special focus on European urban areas.

The Organizing Committee of the URCC conference is made up of UN-Habitat, Barcelona City Council, SUEZ and Cetaqua, the Water Technology Center, all partners of the RESCCUE project.

Marc Velasco, Project Manager at SUEZ and coordinator of the RESCCUE project, together with Esteban León, head of the UN-Habitat City Resilience Global Program, will chair the conference. For two days, participants will enjoy 16 sessions with more than 80 presentations on different topics related to urban resilience and climate change, as well as two plenary sessions with relevant names of the sector.

RESCCUE has provided a set of models and tools to analyze urban resilience that have been validated in Barcelona, ​​Lisbon and Bristol and collected in the RESCCUE Toolkit (available soon).

Register for the URCC conference >

Read the full article >

Featured articles

Two articles published by the NextGen project.

The circular economy of water is not as new as you think

Over 25 years ago, a group of Dutch water companies came together to make the most of the waste they were generating – and now they barely consider it waste at all.

AquaMinerals was born out of a waste problem. Different water drinking companies were producing sludges – and other solid wastes – from their production processes and decided to join forces in dealing with the high costs of disposal.

A quarter of a century later and the Dutch water reuse company is transforming the residuals into a range of raw materials for new products – like liming pellets for gardening, cosmetics and glass bottles.

Read the full article>

Turning toilet paper into new roads – a circular economy masterclass

Rethinking what we consider waste could help water treatment plants unlock a range of new sustainable solutions for society – like using purified toilet paper to build greener roads.

Municipal sewage is not at the top of most authorities’ minds in terms of high-value raw materials, but that might change if more treatment plants started transforming wastewater into something of higher value – like sustainable construction materials.

“Sewage water contains a high amount of suspended solids and up to 70% of this material consists of cellulose fibres originating from the use of toilet paper,” said Professor Francesco Fatone a water cycle expert from the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy. “The recovered cellulose can be reused in construction materials or for downstream blending with bioplastics.”

Read the full article>


The circular economy could save our broken water system

Society is consuming water at an ever-increasing rate while water pollution and global warming continue to limit the availability of water, a cluster of problems that could slash future economic development by at least a third.

"Science has been telling us for some time that the water scarcity and security crisis is bad and is set to get worse," said Cate Lamb, water director at CDP, an international not-for-profit working to advance sustainable business. "That's just not a situation that can continue."

The race is on to fix a broken system, and our best bet to transform how we use water could be the circular economy. This is when supply chains are redesigned to reduce, capture and reuse as much as possible, and water is in desperate need of that thinking—currently, 80% of wastewater flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.

Read full article>

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The projects in the ICT4Water cluster received funding from the European Union’s LIFE or Horizon2020 research and innovation programme.