Our PhD student Isabel Schestak (Bangor University) presented her work on the sustainability of heat recovery from commercial kitchen wastewater at the IWA Water Reuse conference with a poster and pitch. It informed about the results from the study with our demo site at Penrhyn Castle and the environmental benefits for the application of heat recovery across the whole UK. At the end of the conference, Isabel took part in the technical tours, where participants were shown real-world examples of heat recovery in an industrial laundry and a production site for instant coffee.
Water reuse experts from all over the world had come to Berlin to present their research on water reuse and reclamation. Water reuse was discussed for different sectors and countries: potable water reuse, industrial and agricultural reuse. Case study examples were given on how to integrate water reuse in existing systems, how to monitor water quality and how to manage associated risks. State of the art technology was presented for the removal of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals. Also, how can public perception be influenced and how can we make direct water reuse, especially as drinking water, acceptable by consumers? The Berliner Wasserbetriebe – the water supplier for Berlin – undertook one step to test public acceptance. They have brewed a batch of 1000 liter beer from recycled water. The conference attendees had the first try! It is not the first beer of its kind, but the first in Germany.