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Discover projects leading the wave in water innovation and sustainability


Project involvement

Water Europe is dedicated to using its vast network and expertise to boost visibility and impact for European water projects. We join forces with project consortia as either a partner or a subcontractor, focusing on projects that meet two key criteria:

Member Involvement: We only participate in projects that include at least one Water Europe member in the consortium.
Vision Alignment: Projects must align with Water Europe’s Water Vision.

By engaging in these projects, we aim to bolster our programmes in Collaboration, Advocacy, and Implementation, complemented by our efforts in Communication. This ensures projects not only gain visibility but also achieve their highest potential for contributing to building a Water-Smart Society.

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Current Projects

Explore our current projects and see the latest innovations driving progress in water management and sustainability. From tackling water scarcity to improving wastewater treatment, these initiatives show our commitment to addressing challenges in the water sector. Join us in making a real difference in our water resources and communities across Europe.



SPIRE-SAIS is focused on creating a comprehensive blueprint for addressing new skill demands in cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy efficiency within European Energy Intensive Industries. It aims to facilitate the immediate implementation of strategies to update workforce qualifications, knowledge, and skills in response to economic, digital, technological, and environmental advancements. The goal is to overcome skill shortages and equip the EU workforce with future-ready skills, by developing a cross-sectoral skills blueprint. This initiative seeks to enhance industrial symbiosis and energy efficiency practices through updated curricula and skillsets, fostering essential cross-sectoral collaboration.


ULTIMATE focuses on valorizing resources within the water cycle to foster economic value and sustainability. The project views wastewater as a resource for energy and recoverable materials, advocating for its treatment, storage, and reuse under the concept of “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis” (WSIS), thereby promoting wastewater recycling across various industrial sectors. To transform wastewater from a waste product into a valuable resource, enhancing sustainability and efficiency in industries through innovative water recycling practices.


B-WaterSmart aims to foster the shift towards water-smart economies and societies in coastal Europe and beyond through systemic innovation. It focuses on integrating technology, management, and smart data solutions across various water-using sectors, emphasizing circular economy principles and water-smart business models. To expedite the transformation to smarter water usage by demonstrating adaptable solutions that enhance efficiency and sustainability for multiple water stakeholders.

Water Mining

WATER-MINING addresses the urgent need for clean water and sanitation by pioneering innovative solutions for the sustainable utilization of alternative water sources. The project focuses on urban and industrial wastewater treatment and seawater desalination, aiming to improve water resource management and access. To contribute to water security by developing and implementing sustainable technologies for alternative water source use, ensuring broader access to clean water.


IWAYS aims to develop innovative technologies enhancing water efficiency, focusing on exhaust condensation, water treatment, and waste valorisation. It also targets energy and material recovery from exhaust gases, aiming to improve raw material efficiency and reduce environmental emissions. The project seeks to significantly reduce freshwater consumption by 30% to 64% and recover 30% of water and heat from humid gases, contributing to environmental sustainability and resource efficiency.


AquaSPice is dedicated to advancing circular water use across European process industries. It focuses on enhancing resource efficiency awareness and developing compact, innovative solutions tailored for industrial applications. The goal is to facilitate the adoption of circular water use practices within the industrial sector, promoting sustainability and efficiency in water and resource management.


MULTISOURCE focuses on collaborating with stakeholders at various levels to demonstrate Enhanced Natural Treatment Solutions (ENTS) for diverse urban waters. The project aims to develop innovative tools, methods, and business models to support comprehensive city planning and sustainable management of nature-based solutions for water treatment, storage, and reuse in urban settings globally. Its primary objective is to advance the implementation and maintenance of nature-based solutions for enhancing water management practices in urban areas worldwide, promoting sustainable treatment, storage, and reuse of water.


NEXOGENESIS is set to develop and validate a multifaceted approach to address climate and socio-economic changes through: (a) a cross-sectoral policy-making framework, (b) a Self-Learning Nexus Assessment Engine (SLNAE) utilizing reinforcement learning for integrating water-related policies into the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) nexus, and (c) a WEFE Nexus Footprint tool to support the SLNAE. The project’s methodologies will be applied in four European case studies and one in southern Africa, engaging stakeholders, policymakers, and academics. The aim is to forge a coherent, scalable framework for policymaking that effectively addresses the challenges posed by climate change, socio-economic transitions, and transboundary issues, fostering sustainable management of natural resources across different sectors and regions.


TransformAr is dedicated to developing and showcasing innovative products and services designed to initiate and expedite transformative adaptation processes in vulnerable regions and communities throughout Europe. Its goal is to foster large-scale, disruptive adaptations that significantly enhance resilience and adaptive capacities in areas most susceptible to environmental and socio-economic challenges.


ARSINOE aims to integrate the System Innovation Approach (SIA) with the Climate Innovation Window (CIW), establishing a methodological framework to foster an ecosystem for climate change adaptation solutions. It employs a structured three-tier approach to create and support this ecosystem effectively. The project’s objective is to catalyze the development and implementation of innovative climate change adaptation strategies, facilitating systemic innovations and solutions across diverse sectors.


This project focuses on establishing a comprehensive Water Data Management Ecosystem tailored for Water Data Spaces. It aims to create a robust infrastructure for the efficient handling, sharing, and utilization of water-related data across various sectors. The primary goal is to enhance water management practices and decision-making processes through advanced data integration and accessibility, promoting sustainability and innovation in water resource management.


The Water4All Partnership is a significant funding program dedicated to supporting scientific research on freshwater. It focuses on addressing global water challenges, contributing to climate change mitigation, achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and enhancing EU competitiveness and growth. Its aim is to advance knowledge and solutions for water security worldwide, aligning with the Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation. The partnership is set to continue for seven years, starting from 2022.

Hubs4Circularity Europe

Hubs4Circularity focuses on accelerating the transition towards industrial and urban-industrial symbiosis, and the circular economy. It establishes socio-technical ecosystems that aim to close energy, resource, and data loops on a regional scale, supporting full-scale industrial symbiosis and circular economy practices. The initiative’s goal is to contribute significantly to achieving climate neutrality targets by 2050 through the development and implementation of circular economy hubs across Europe.


H2OforAll is a Horizon Europe-funded initiative addressing the challenge of Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water. It focuses on assessing DBP sources, developing advanced sensor monitoring devices, modeling DBP spread, studying toxicity and environmental impacts, and innovating water treatment methods to reduce or prevent DBP formation. Aimed at safeguarding drinking water quality amidst industrialization, agricultural activities, and climate change, H2OforAll seeks to enhance water safety and public health through technology, awareness, and policy guidance, supported by a comprehensive Central Knowledge Base on DBPs.


This project focuses on developing innovative tools and methodologies to manage and mitigate the presence of organic matter and disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water. It aims to ensure safer drinking water quality by addressing one of the key challenges in water treatment processes. The primary objective is to enhance drinking water safety and compliance with health standards by innovating control mechanisms for organic contaminants and byproducts resulting from disinfection processes.


ToDrinQ is an EU-funded initiative aimed at creating a comprehensive toolkit comprising technologies, systems, and decision-making tools. This toolkit is designed to enhance the operational efficiency of water systems and ensure the provision of high-quality drinking water. The primary goal is to develop adaptable and resilient solutions that secure the supply of high-quality drinking water, addressing current and future challenges in water system management.

Completed projects

Explore our portfolio of completed projects, each a testament to our dedication to advancing water management and sustainability. From innovating water recycling in industrial processes to safeguarding our water infrastructures and fostering water-smart societies, these initiatives have paved the way for significant advancements in the water sector.


AfriAlliance focuses on fostering collaboration between African and European stakeholders in water innovation, research, policy, and capacity development. The initiative aims to equip Africa with the necessary tools and knowledge to tackle future Climate Change challenges effectively. The main goal is to strengthen Africa’s resilience to climate change by enhancing cross-continental partnerships that drive innovation and knowledge sharing in water management and climate adaptation strategies.


SIM4NEXUS focuses on bridging knowledge and technology gaps to support policy design within the Nexus framework. The project introduces a Serious Game as a cloud-based, integrated tool designed to test and evaluate the impact of policy decisions on sustainability goals. Its objective is to improve understanding and decision-making across various spatial scales through the Nexus approach, applying it in 12 diverse case studies globally. These case studies aim to explore decision-making interlinkages and support short-, medium-, and long-term planning up to 2030, 2050, and beyond.


REWATCH is dedicated to reducing the environmental footprint of the petrochemical industry through an innovative water recycling scheme. This project combines various high-efficiency biological and separation technologies to treat wastewater, aiming for more sustainable water use within petrochemical plants. Its goal is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of this new recycling process, contributing to the protection of Europe’s freshwater resources by promoting efficient water use in regions affected by water scarcity and stress due to various socio-economic activities.


IC4WATER is centered on enhancing international cooperation among funding agencies by sharing best practices, fostering networking, and ensuring closer coordination of existing activities. It aims to establish new partnerships to promote multidisciplinary networking that addresses a broad spectrum of water challenges, expanding both in terms of research focus and geographical reach. The objective is to facilitate comprehensive networking across various water-related challenges, supporting the development of innovative solutions by connecting research initiatives across different regions and disciplines.


STOP-IT addresses the critical need to safeguard water infrastructures from both physical and cyber threats. It unites 23 partners from across Europe and Israel to enhance the strategic, tactical, and operational protection of vital water infrastructures. The project focuses on risk identification and the co-development of a comprehensive risk management framework for the dual protection of these essential assets. The goal is to fortify critical water infrastructures against severe societal threats by implementing an all-encompassing risk management framework that covers both physical and cyber security challenges.


Zero Brine adopts a circular economy approach to redefine the value and supply chain of water and minerals. It focuses on the resource recovery from saline impaired effluent (brine) produced by process industries, aiming to innovate sustainable solutions for waste and resource management. The objective is to transform the process industry’s effluent management by recovering valuable resources from brine, reducing environmental impact, and promoting circular economy principles in industrial practices.


HYDROUSA tackles critical environmental and socio-economic challenges faced by tourist-heavy regions, including water scarcity, wastewater management, biodiversity and nutrient depletion, seasonal employment fluctuations, and the strain on infrastructure during peak tourist periods. The project proposes innovative solutions to sustainably manage water demand and supply. The aim is to create sustainable water management systems that address the multifaceted challenges of seasonal tourism and environmental conservation, ensuring resilience and sustainability in water resource management.


NextGen is dedicated to assessing and promoting innovative circular economy solutions within the water sector. It focuses on rethinking and transforming traditional resource use practices by implementing financially viable innovations. The project’s objective is to challenge and revolutionize conventional approaches to water management by introducing sustainable and economically feasible circular economy models.


The RIMA project focuses on establishing a Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) to promote the use of robotics in inspection and maintenance within the infrastructure sector, including energy, transport, and civil engineering. By automating tasks traditionally performed manually, the project aims to enhance efficiency and operational effectiveness. RIMA intends to accelerate the adoption of robotic inspection and maintenance technologies through a network of 13 Digital Innovation Hubs, offering education, training, and sharing best practices to boost the EU’s competitiveness in the robotic inspection and maintenance industry.


Aqua3S aims to enhance water safety and security by integrating innovative sensor technologies, developing early warning systems for water authorities, and establishing a collaborative platform for addressing water safety challenges. It focuses on enabling efficient response to water-related crises, assessing infrastructure resilience, and leveraging citizen mapping for extensive data collection. To standardize and augment water safety measures through advanced detection mechanisms and collaborative efforts, ensuring the security of drinking water sources and reducing societal vulnerabilities to potential water-related disasters.


The PathoCERT project focuses on developing technologies, tools, and guidelines for emergency response to pathogen contamination in water, aimed at first responders. Its primary goal is to enhance the coordination and response capabilities of first responders in high-risk contamination scenarios, enabling rapid pathogen detection and improved emergency situation management.

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