Financing wastewater treatment and resource recovery

Stockholm International Water Institute
2030 Water Resources Group; CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and International Water Management Institute

Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) will be an important strategy to achieve several SDGs concerning environmental and human health, food security, waste and rural-urban linkages (SDGs 2, 3, 6, 11, 12, and 15). Once the decision is made for a new wastewater or faecal sludge treatment facility, the question is how to prioritize technology options in terms of costs, benefits and local capacities. How should financing and management mechanisms, and business models be designed to ensure services are sustainable and limited public resources are leveraged?
Wastewater treatment is mostly financed through public resources, with a few cases funded privately. Most investments respond to societal demands and a need to comply with rigid effluent thresholds without consideration to opportunities for resource extraction and improvement in efficiencies. Although full cost recovery is generally seldom, RRR can be instrumental for narrowing the financial gap.

Session 3

Reality check from the field: Is resource recovery and reuse bankable?


14:00   Introduction session 3
            Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWMI (Chair of session)


14:05   Lessons learned from a fecal sludge-to-energy entrepreneur:
            challenges with finance, enabling environment and partnerships
            Ashley Muspratt, Pivot


14:15   Business models for resource recovery and reuse in wastewater
            Miriam Otoo, IWMI


14:25   Example of RRR in Mexico (water reuse at scale): challenges
            on the ground
            Fernando González Cañez, CONAGUA (TBC)


14:35   Public-Private Partnerships for Resource Recovery and Reuse
            in Low-income Countries
            Katharina Felgenhauer, IWMI


14:45   Interactive Panel with the audience
            Available speakers of session 1, 2 and 3
            Moderator: Pay Drechsel, IWMI


15:20   Closing with conclusions/recommendations of the overall
            Seminar 3
            Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWMI

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Thursday 14:00-15:30
NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
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