The Kick-off meeting of the project “RE-WATER – Eco technologies for the waste water management”, co-funded for 900.023,00 Euro by the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme 2014-2020, took place on November, 13-14 in Bari at the premises of Acquedotto Pugliese S.P.A.
Acquedotto Pugliese S.P.A. leads the project partnerships which includes, on the Italian side, the Municipality of Gallipoli, the Polytechnic University of Bari; while, on the Greek side, the partners involved are the Municipality of Patras, the Special Account for Research Grants of the University of Patras. The Water Resources Section of Puglia Region and the Municipal Enterprise of Water Supply and Sewerage of Patras will participate as associated partners.
The project main objective is to introduce sustainable technologies and processes to manage wastewater disposal, with the final aim of reducing marine pollution caused by the effluents derived from water treatment, and improve the quality of the sewerage treatment plants.
More precisely, the project aims to prevent marine pollution and improve the quality of effluents. By doing so, recycled water will be used in other sectors, in full compliance with the European regulations. Two pilot actions will be carried out in the two Municipalities involved in the project, Gallipoli in Puglia Region and Patras in Western Greece Region. Both Municipalities are based on tourism and marine activities as the main economic drivers; for this reason, they both decided to invest in the quality of their marine environments.