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

Financing wastewater treatment and resource recovery

Thursday 31 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL Music Hall / Musiksalen
Photo: Yegor Korzh

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 mechanisms and business models be designed to ensure sustainable services and limited public resources leverage? Most investments respond to societal demands and a need to comply with rigid effluent thresholds without consideration to opportunities for RRR and improvement in efficiencies. Although full cost recovery is generally seldom, RRR can be instrumental for narrowing the financial gap.

Reality check from the field: Is RRR bankable ?

The session will give the floor to practitioners from the private and public sector, as well as researchers, to reflect on the realities on the ground faced for financing projects aiming at RRR, as well as common bottlenecks within the more or less ‘enabling’ environment. The discussion will look at options to improve the RRR value proposition and will involve the audience to move from case-specific experiences to cross-cutting challenges.


Session 3. Reality check from the field: Is resource recovery and reuse bankable

14:00 Introduction
Chair: Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWMI

14:05 Is resource recovery and reuse bankable? …An entrepreneur’s perspective   
Ashley Muspratt
, Pivot

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

14:25  Public-Private Partnerships for Resource Recovery and Reuse in Low-income Countries
Katharina Felgenhauer, IWMI

14:35 Interactive Panel with the audience
Moderator: Pay Drechsel, IWMI

  • Anne de Pazzis, SUEZ
  • Miriam Otoo, IWMI
  • Rochi Khemka, 2030 WRG
  • Katharina Felgenhauer, IWMI

15:20 Ending remarks
Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWMI

15:30 Close of session