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Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture

From Concept to Implementation

  • Hiroshan Hettiarachchi
  • Reza Ardakanian


  • First book to cover safe use of wastewater in agriculture from a nexus perspective

  • Serves as a guideline for implementation of safe use of wastewater in agriculture (SUWA)

  • First-hand information covering SUWA experience from MENA region and Europe


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hiroshan Hettiarachchi, Serena Caucci, Reza Ardakanian
    Pages 1-11
  3. Md Zillur Rahman, Frank Riesbeck, Simon Dupree
    Pages 13-25
  4. Md Zillur Rahman, Frank Riesbeck, Simon Dupree
    Pages 27-36
  5. Maha Halalsheh, Ghada Kassab, Khaldoun Shatanawi, Munjed Al-Shareef
    Pages 101-130
  6. Olfa Mahjoub, Amel Jemai, Najet Gharbi, Awatef Messai Arbi, Souad Dekhil
    Pages 131-157
  7. Koen Zuurbier, Patrick Smeets, Kees Roest, Wim van Vierssen
    Pages 159-175
  8. Hiroshan Hettiarachchi, Reza Ardakanian
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book offers a broad and global level description of the current status of wastewater use in agriculture and then brings the readers to various places in the MENA Region and Europe to explain how some countries and regions have addressed the challenges during implementation. On a global scale, over 20 million hectares of agricultural land are irrigated using wastewater. This is one good, and perhaps the most prominent, example of the safe use potential of wastewater. Water scarcity and the cost of energy and fertilisers are among the main factors driving millions of farmers and other entrepreneurs to make use of wastewater. In order to address the technical, institutional, and policy challenges of safe water reuse, developing countries and countries in transition need clear institutional arrangements and more skilled human resources, with a sound understanding of the opportunities and potential risks of wastewater use. Stakeholders in wastewater irrigation who need to implement from scratch or improve current conditions, find it difficult to gather the necessary information on practical implementation aspects. The main objective of this book is to bridge that gap.


Wastewater Policy Wastewater Irrigation Health Risks Public Acceptance Nexus Approach

Editors and affiliations

  • Hiroshan Hettiarachchi
    • 1
  • Reza Ardakanian
    • 2
  1. 1.United Nations University (UNU-FLORES)DresdenGermany
  2. 2.United Nations University (UNU-FLORES)DresdenGermany

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