Limitations of treated wastewater reuse in the Middle East and North Africa: Work-in-progress

Anne Elizabeth Dare, Rabi H. Mohtar, Rachid Boukchina, Ayman Rabi, Basem Shomar

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Abstract

As the world population increases and water resources become more coveted, water emerges as the key component to impacting sustainability of global economy including global food security and economic growth. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the driest region in the world, containing just one-percent of the world's freshwater resources. However logical wastewater reuse may be for bridging the supply-demand gap in this arid region, significant constraints prevent widespread adoption. For the MENA, economics and public perception seem to be among the most significant challenges for implementing a successful wastewater reuse scheme; however, other factors such as performance of treatment technologies, monitoring requirements, and policy intertwine to create more complex challenges. The overarching question for this research is: What are the factors limiting increased applications of treated wastewater reuse in agricultural production in the MENA countries? In particular, the goals of this project are to evaluate the technical performance of wastewater treatment facilities, countries' policies regarding the use of treated wastewater, and public perception regarding the use of these waters. Preliminary findings from comparative studies in Palestine, Tunisia, Qatar, and Midwest United States will be explored.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Pages3326-3332
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781627486651
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
EventAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013 - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201324 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013
Volume4

Other

OtherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period21/7/1324/7/13

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Keywords

  • Extension
  • Food security
  • Public perception
  • Treated wastewater
  • Water reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Bioengineering

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Dare, A. E., Mohtar, R. H., Boukchina, R., Rabi, A., & Shomar, B. (2013). Limitations of treated wastewater reuse in the Middle East and North Africa: Work-in-progress. In American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013 (pp. 3326-3332). (American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International Meeting 2013, ASABE 2013; Vol. 4). American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.