A different wastewater management approach can make us climate resilient and will enhances biodiversity. We can make our society future proof against climate change, food insecurity and droughts through resource recovery. Moreover, by embracing a circular economy, the water industry can create measurable social value, promote greater sustainability, and enhance the public’s wellbeing. As Royal HaskoningDHV we develop innovative technologies that recover valuable phosphorus from wastewater and can produce biopolymers that make our agriculture more sustainable. So yes, technologically we are ready!
However, technological readiness is only one piece of the puzzle. Resource recovery may have different incentives. For example, we may recognize a commercial value in the resource. Also, as a society we may feel the urge to protect and recover resources (e.g. effluent reuse to preserve drought sensitive natural areas) and sometimes the government provides legislation to recover resources for strategic (long-term) reasons. So, we not only need to be technologically ready but also commercially, societally, and legally ready to have a mature resource.