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                                                                                                                            SWIM EMAIL ALERT - OCTOBER 2014
Water is too precious to waste...

Dear SWIM friend,

You are receiving this monthly email alert for your timely information about forthcoming activities and new materials available on the SWIM websites.

We hope you will find it useful and will bring you even closer to the SWIM family!

With best wishes,

The SWIM-SM Team



SWIM- Support Mechanism

Now available online:

  • Under its financing pillar SWIM-SM has organised on 30-31 October 2014 a training on Risk and Insurance in Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs) for Water Infrastructure. The training took place back-to-back with the 1st Regional Conference of the “Governance and Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” (28-30 October) organized by the Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labeled project “Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector” in collaboration with SWIM-SM. The materials and documents related to the 1st Regional Conference are available in the GWP-Med website following this link. The materials of the training on Risk and Insurance in PPPs are available following this link

Planned activities:

  • An online course on Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems is expected to start in December 2014 (English version) and to last for a period of 3 months.
  • The Fourth Steering Committee Meeting of SWIM-SM will be held in Barcelona on 15-16 December 2014

SWIM – Demonstration Projects


Adaptation to Climate Change of the Mediterranean Agricultural Systems 

Now available online:

  • The agenda of the Third Annual Meeting of ACLIMAS on 13-14 November 2014 in Rome, Italy, is available in English.


Innovative Means to Protect Water Resources in the Mediterranean Coastal Areas through Re-injection of Treated Water

The following activities have been implemented and/or are planned shortly:

Technical and Hydrological Surveys


  • A Regional scale three dimensional finite element model (FEM) is being developed to describe the evolution of water table and groundwater movement throughout the years across the Nobariya site.
  • A local scale three dimensional finite element model will be developed in December 2014 to describe the flux and transport of pollutants in the local area of Nobariya. The data for the correct model building have been collected through the analysis activities previously carried out by the project (i.e. G-Tem and MRS analysis).
  • A final update of the GIS database and the roll out of data for a free web archive (Free Arcview, KML, etc.) will be carried out until December 2014.


Pilot Projects


  • The upgrade works on the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) started on October 1st. The construction of clarifiers and recirculation systems will be carried out with priority and after their completion; pumps will be installed for the supply of the Constructed Wetland (CW). 
  • A mission is planned in early December to identify the most appropriate irrigation system and potential plants having high economic value that might be irrigated with the treated wastewater coming out of the Constructed Wetland for commercial purposes.

Korba - Tunisia

  • A monitoring and evaluation mission of the irrigation system took place on October 20th 2014 to show the current effectiveness of the WWTP in Korba, before the upgrade.
  • A tender for the baffles installation and sand filter treatment construction has been launched on November 1st 2014.
  • A second monitoring phase might be required after the upgrade completion. The comparison between results collected from the first and the second phase will give a clear idea of the achievable water quality through these interventions and will serve as help and example for other similar WWTP.

Involvement of Local Stakeholders, Communication, Capacity Building and Dissemination

  • A raising awareness event for Students of Primary and Secondary Schools in Nobariya – Egypt, will be organized in November 2014.
  • A preparatory meeting with NGOs and local industries towards the constitution of a Water Consultative Committee in Nobariya, to be composed by representatives of local civil society (for profit and non profit) is planned to be organized in December 2014.

SWIM – Sustain Water MED

Network of demonstration activities for sustainable integrated wastewater treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean countries

Now available online:

  • An article and a summary report related to the Jordanian/Egyptian Exchange Workshop organized at the Dead Sea on 20 - 21 August 2014 are available in English
  • The concept note and the presentation made during the final Stakeholder Consultation meeting for the Jordanian pilot project on 8th September 2014 are available in English


Water Harvesting and Agricultural techniques in Dry lands: an Integrated and Sustainable Model in MAghreb Regions

Planned activities:

  • A Technical and Administrative mission has been planned in Algiers, Algeria from 11-13 November 2014.

  • Field Workshops concerning the Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) activities and South-South Experience are planned in Tunisia on 10-12 December 2014.

  • The processing of hydro geological, iso-chemical and isotopic data related to water quality will be carried out in the months November-December 2014.

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