VillageWaters project aims to reduce water emissions from village communities into the Baltic Sea.
The project was launched in March 2016.
The VillageWaters project aims in the frame of EU Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme to find the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly wastewater treatment solutions for the scattered dwelling households not connected to urban wastewater plants in order to decrease wastewater emissions into the Baltic Sea to the level set by the forthcoming EU water legislation.
Scattered dwelling is the third largest of the diffuse nutrient loads to the Baltic Sea. There is also EU legislation that aims to achieve a good status of water bodies of the EU. The main objective is to support the needs of households to avoid unnecessary investments and operating costs when shifting to improved waste water treatment and thus encourage them to implement new treatment systems. The main challenge of VillageWaters project is to help individual households to avoid unnecessary investments and operating costs when shifting to improved wastewater treatment and thus encourage them to implement new treatment systems. The project will be partly conducted in pilot villages where technological solutions will be assessed and built for the households. Wastewater treatment systems will be assessed for technological, economic, environmental and social aspects in order to find out the potentially best-fitting systems for the improved wastewater treatment in the households of scattered dwelling regions. Preparation of the information tool is the most important result of the project. It will provide the best-fitting suggestions for wastewater treatment systems meeting the circumstances and the priority criteria set by any individual user primarily in the partner countries.
In addition to Estonia, partners form Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are participating in this project. The VillageWater project is coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke); Estonian partners in the project are Tallinn University of Technology, Kuusalu Municipality and Kusaalu Soojus Ltd.
More information is available at: www.villagewaters.eu
Niina Dulova, PhD, Senior Research Scientist/project coordinator in Estonia
Department of Materials and Environmental Technology, Tallinn University of Technology
Phone: +372 620 2854