Eco-friendly practices: water recycling from organic manureMaking wastewater reuse a realityAn increasing population, changes in consumption hab...Eco-friendly practices: water recycling from organic manure
Making wastewater reuse a reality
An increasing population, changes in consumption habits and climate change are increasing the competition for freshwater resources along with many other factors. Exploring ways to improve water use and finding ways to extract water from our current food and livestock systems is especially important in tackling our global water challenges.
As part of sustainable development, farmers will have to adopt alternative resources that balance the environment, economy and society. Wastewater reuse represents an opportunity for this challenge as it can alleviate the stress on scarce water resources and contribute to circular economies.
Water consumption by livestock production differs widely between types of animals, regions and production systems and has varied applications such as drinking water for animals, disinfection, cleaning and is often used in crop irrigation typically overlooked, water is sent to storage lagoons, turning into a slurry that very often becomes a problem. The solution to this challenge typically involves transport to water treatment plants or spreading on agricultural fields.