Hydropolis will offer feasible ways of rationalizing existing regimes of water usage (tap water, grey water, rain water) through the use of appropriate technologies, which scale down and localize the management of water. These deliverables offer practical, yet holistic, technological solutions with regard to everyday practice while redefining what is utilizable water. Its emphasis on grey-water recycling in various scales of decentralization (household, block of flats, neighborhood, etc.) is a factor that increases the environmental, economic and societal incentives for adopting the environmental solutions offered by the “Hydropolis” project.
The savings expected on natural resources (primarily water, but also energy) create precious opportunities for the spatial redeployment of these resources. Thus, apart from satisfying social needs in more efficient and rational ways the deliverables of “Hydropolis” easily lend themselves as tools for regional development. Individual households, local communities, but also industry, constitute the natural target groups adopting this new generation of environmental infrastructure in the global green economy.
The project will create a database containing technical data about water technologies that will be open to the scientific community, tools for optimum technology selection, simulation models coupling water management with urban development to be used in new designs at a local and international level, publicity tools for spreading the concepts of decentralized water reuse in society and prototype physical installations that can be used both for research and teaching purposes.
The benefits for Education are multiple and include the development of new curricula in several different disciplines, specialized technical seminars, teaching tools and artifacts, and experimental setups for physical and virtual labs. The project will support the fulfillment of a PhD thesis, and a number of postgraduate diploma thesis. There will be 7 research journal publications and 8 conference presentations.
Last but not least the project will enhance the existing synergies between the collaborating multidisciplinary teams and expand them in the fields of sustainable water management while in parallel spreading these concepts to society.