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REsilient Water Innovation for Smart Economy (REWAISE)


European Commision Horizon 2020


EUR 14,984,656.81


PI: John Graves

Co-I: Jana Fried

Adrian Evans

Alex Franklin

Rong Lan

Liang Wu

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FCC Aqualia SA (Lead), Severn Trent Water, VA SYD, AQUANET, European Network of Living Labs, HIDROTEC TECNOLOGIA DEL AGUA SL UNIPERSONAL, City of Malmoe Municipality, POLYMEN SA, ResourSEAs S.R.L, BlueTech Research, AQUAPORIN A/S, Water Environment and Business for Development WE&B, Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd, Solar Water Plc, IETU Inst. for Ecology, Universitat de Valencia, Ostrava Tech. University, University of Zagreb, Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Investigación Multisectorial, Lund University, Poznan University of Technology, PKF Attest INNCOME, Università degli Studi di Palermo


01 September 2020 – 31 August 2025


To implement the new model towards a carbon-free water smart economy, REWAISE will create a new “smart water ecosystem”, mobilising all relevant stakeholders to make society embrace the true value of water, reducing freshwater and energy use, resulting in a carbon free, sustainable hydrological cycle, to transition into a resilient circular economy. A network of nine living labs, involving 5 major water utilities, demonstrates real-life, large-scale operational environments for technological innovations and new governance methods to secure a resource-efficient water supply for the EU. New business niches will be created, incentivizing water-related investments, and accelerating SME growth, by linking users with specific water needs, incorporating life cycle and cost assessments, and collective action in new governance frameworks for smart value creation and high social returns.

Project objectives

The main objective of REWAISE is to create a new “smart water ecosystem”, integrating an intelligent digital framework for decentralized water services and decision making, involving all relevant stakeholders to embrace the true value of water, reducing freshwater and energy use, and recovering nutrients and materials - resulting in a carbon free, sustainable hydrological cycle, in line with the concept of a resilient circular economy.

Impact statement

REWAISE reveals the full Value of Water for Europe, considering 3 key components of the economic and societal value generated by integral water cycles:

  • Value in Water: is accomplished by extracting and putting to beneficial use dissolved substances such as nutrients, minerals, chemicals and metals, as well as organic matter and energy, embedded in raw and used water streams.
  • Value from Water: encompasses the economic activities inherent to the water cycle, related products and services that generate benefits and jobs, directly or in other sectors that depend on water, such as energy and transportation,
  • Value through Water: the societal, health and well-being functions of water, which will be enhanced by interlinking users, regulators, water operators and other stakeholders in electricity and chemicals markets through a digital platform that optimizes decision making and business opportunities through socio-economics-based coordination between them, while minimizing emissions , risks and vulnerability.
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