Waterman - online meeting

We have just concluded another online meeting of the Waterman project partners, where each participant presented a report related to the progress of the activities. We also discussed current issues related to the work of the project. As a reminder, Waterman, which promotes the reuse of water in the Baltic Sea region through capacity building at the local level, has been running since January 2023, and for more information, please click here:

Study Trip Water reuse in practice: Co-existence with water scarcity in the Region of Murcia in Spain

11 May 2024

Study Trip to gain knowledge about best practices of Water reuse in practice: Co-existence with water scarcity in the Region of Murcia in Spain 23-25 April 2024


The first day of the event started in the Directorate General of Water Management of the Region of Murcia where participants were welcomed by José Sandoval Moreno who is the General Director for Water at the Ministry of Water. In Murcia Region, they have rainfall below 300mm and they have 3000 sun hours/year. They modify their irrigation system and combine it with the WWTP system.

Lead Partner also welcomed participants and Mr Tobias said a few words about the project idea and why it was created.

Mr Manuel Boluda made a presentation about Spanish water management. They have 3 levels of sharing management responsibilities of water state administration, autonomous communities and municipalities. Water belongs to public authorities, and local water use concessions can be obtained for up to 75 years. In Murcia, they have a set order in which they use water (water for people, irrigation and agriculture, hydraulic energy storage…) They are collecting rainwater to use it for different purposes. They have three water management options: directly, through qualified companies, public procedures. The municipality is in charge of collecting water and sending it to WWTP. The largest share in water use is agriculture 82%, industry 9%, household 6%, and ecological 3%. They have just 15% of ground water and 50% is surface water. They invest heavily in water collection facilities.

Mr Jose Luis García made a presentation about Groundwater overexploitation: A consequence of water scarcity. As UNESCO said we should use groundwater to irrigate 65% and around 25% of basins are in bas status – low level of the water. In Spain, they are using 4 types of water: groundwater, surface water, imported water from the Taus river basin and reclaimed urban water. General in Spain they have a problem with high levels of salinity in the water.

Participants visited the Water Purification Station in San Pedro, where Mr Pedro Simón told them about the conditions of Water reuse for agricultural purposes. In the Murcia region, they mostly produce products from agriculture. In 91,4% they are using water reused mostly for agriculture. They remove a very large percentage of SS, COD and BOD.

In their Water Purification Station, they prepare the water by removing all solids by filtration and disinfection to get to the end water in class A.

As WWTP they prepared a risk assessment of water which came out from them. Each day they are working on improving their effectiveness, harmless and treatment reliability. They are testing new solutions to improve the quality of food. They are working to convince people that this kind of water is good and safe. In the region, they have 100 reclamation plants. At this moment farmers don’t pay for the water and inhabitants pay it in their taxes. To clean water from solids they are using membranes looking like “spaghetti”. People’s awareness of the use of purified water is quite high and they use it to water their gardens. Only 1% goes to residents, and 99% is water for farmers.

Visit to a pond to collect rainwater, incl. explanations of the functions of the facility.

The last point of the day was the visit of the Murcia Este WWTP: Indirect water reuse in the City of Murcia. Participants were welcomed by the host and got information about how they were working on WWTP. Employees described on the model what their plant looks like and how it works. WWTP is a facility for treating urban wastewater collected by the sanitation collector system. They are equipped with advanced systems where they use different water treatment methods such as pretreatment, biological treatment and secondary sedimentation. On the WWTP is also a sludge line where they manage two types of sludge: those from primary sedimentation and the biological sludges from secondary sedimentation. They also are using biomateria to produce biogas which they are using for their own needs.


Visit of the Irrigator Community of Campo de Cartagena. They have a few rules about connecting water pipes, including you have to be in a designated area and be a farmer. In this network, there are around 10.000 members. The main problem is high levels of water salinity, which they have to treat which is expensive. Water for residents is supplied by a semi-private company. They would like to build a desalination station, but it is a costly investment. To build their station they need many agreements and documentation. They have electronic systems which control how much water is consumed by individual farmers.

Mr Manuel Boluda talked about the GEMS project where they use salinated water to irrigate fields. They want to improve policies related to the sustainable use of groundwater and they would like to have a pollution monitoring system and nitrate agricultural pollution.

The last place of the study visit was Dinapsis the Digital Operation Center for the water sector. They are working with challenges connected with climate change using new technologies and cooperating with municipalities. They have 12 hubs in Spain where through technology they want to help people and solve their problems connected with climate.


The last day of the event was devoted to internal design matters, during which partners and meeting participants expressed their opinions on the information presented during the two days.

Study visit to Klaipeda - day 3

Today we completed a three-day study visit to Klaipeda within the framework of the WaterMan project. On the third day we worked on local and regional strategic models on the topic of water reuse. Project partners presented their studies, and there was a discussion with experts, with questions and comments, in response to each presentation. Upcoming events related to the project were also planned.

Waterman project - study visit to Lithuania - day 2

The second day of the study visit to Lithuania, as part of the WaterMan project, was packed with workshops and study visits with the theme - the potential and challenges of water reuse in Lithuania. We were hosted today in the town of Gargždai. The first part of the day featured panel discussions on the topics of water management challenges and the potential for water reuse. We listened to presentations, during which there were also examples and inspiration on water reuse. We then went to the site of the planned pilot activities of the WaterMan project in the Klaipeda and Gargžda regions. Participants were shown around by local project representatives, who provided information and explanations related to the future implementation of the plans. We will meet again tomorrow to work on the water reuse strategy.

Study visit to Klaipeda - day 1

We have started a study visit of the WaterMan project, which is taking place in Lithuania. Today we worked in Klaipeda, where a meeting of project partners is taking place. After a brief introduction to the resources of the laboratory at Klaipeda University's Marine Research Institute and a review of the status of project activities, today's day was devoted to workshop work in the world café format, where we worked on thematic areas related to promotion, dissemination and raising awareness of water reuse. As part of the work undertaken, we identified target groups, instruments and tools for disseminating information promoting water reuse in the Baltic Sea region. Tomorrow's day will be devoted to visiting sites where the WaterMan project's pilot activities are being implemented.

The assumptions and a brief description of the project can be found at the link:

Waterman - online meeting

The Waterman project partners held their last online meeting of the year today. Each participant presented information on the stage of implementation of their activities. Key issues related to the project's priority tasks and financial issues were summarised. The joint budget pot, its structure and concrete solutions for covering the costs of joint initiatives were discussed. Part of the meeting was also devoted to topics related to the study visit to Murcia and the next project meetings.