The Instream Wetland Treatment Pilot in SEKEM Wahat is realised and soon the operation shall start. This Research experiment is part of the Med-Wet Project Improving Mediterranean irrigation and Water supply for smallholder farmers by providing Efficient, low-cost and nature-based Technologies and practices* funded by Prima.
Arid countries, such as Egypt, are facing a water scarcity crisis, which requires optimizing the use of all available water resources. Because of that, the reuse of drainage water is becoming an increasingly fairly useful water resource in Wahat El-Baharia and in most of the old lands in the three Nile Delta Regions. However, in the Nile Delta, large portions of water in the drainage network cannot be used due to their high contaminant loads.
The aim of the MED-WET project is to develop productive constructed wetlands to transform communal or farming wastewater into reclaimed irrigation water, which flows into the subsequent productive wetland units with special species crops.
This enables farmers to directly utilize safe-for-reuse and nutrient-rich effluent for crop farming. Crop selection and placement are targeted to accommodate water and nutrient needs and tolerance.
Heliopolis University as a partner of the MED-WET project will lead the project pilot of the productive wetlands technology and contribute especially to the training components, publishing scientific papers and field visits, through its collaboration with farmer associations and inclusion of student internships and graduate research studies to ensure the project reaches the target groups and the beneficiary farmers.
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(MED-WET) A CONCEPT NOTE on A Pilot Case: Productive constructed Wetland technology for Wastewater Reuse in Wahat El-Baharia, Egypt