Not only countries in Asia and Africa are facing a lack of safe sanitation, also in Europe not every house has its private toilet. This appears from a report on the actual status of sanitation around the world of the international charity Wateraid presented at World Toilet Day (19 November).
The European Commission adopted the project "Risanamento Ambientale Corpi idrici Superficiali delle Aree interne", worth a 100 million euro. The project aims to restore the water quality of the Volturno river and some of its tributaries. It relates to wastewater treatment plants and to the improvement of the area's sewerage system, which includes 46 municipalities in the provinces of Avellino, Benevento and Caserta in Campania in the South of Italy.
The faculty bio-engineering from the University of Ghent has been using treated wastewater from a brewery to brew beer. The blond beer was produced as a gimmick for the First International Resource Recovery Conference on aqueous streams that is taking place from the 30th of August until 2 September in Ghent. Researchers and Industry representatives are gathering in Belgium to focus on reusing wastewater.
The construction of a wastewater treatment plant at a new location in Blominmäki, Espoo, Finland, is being financed through a 100 million euro long-term loan to the Helsinki Region Environmental Services (HSY) by the European Investment Bank (EIB). It is said that the energy efficient plant will perform to very high environmental standards and it will replace an ageing plant serving several municipalities in the Helsinki region.