The 5th International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2019)
Invited Speaker---Dr. Evan Paleologos

Dr. Evan Paleologos
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Abu Dhabi University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Evan Paleologos is currently Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering at Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates. Prior to this he had worked for the US DOE Yucca Mountain Project for the burial of the US nuclear waste, was a tenured professor at the University of South Carolina, USA, and at the Technical University of Crete, Greece. He is the author of 4 books by Elsevier, McGraw-Hill, and the Geological Society of America, and of over 100 refereed scientific articles. He has received several international awards and distinctions, which include the “Who’s Who in the World”, “Researchers of Carolina,” and others, and he has founded the University of South Carolina’s Center for Water Research & Policy, and ADU’s Center on Sustainable Development. Dr. Paleologos has also been Science Advisor to the Minister of Environment of Greece, Representative of Greece to the European Commission, and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Athens Water and Sewerage Company. He is currently Associate Editor of 2 International Scientific Journals.

Speech Title: Greywater Reuse in the Water-Scarce Gulf Region

Abstract: Treated wastewater has emerged in many countries as a component of the water stream and a way to supplement, primarily, landscape and agricultural irrigation. Several European and Asian states have, in addition, promoted the use of greywater in the interior of buildings. Regulations for greywater reuse are, by and large, not in place and quality standards for different types of application are in evolution. At the same time constructed wetlands as stand-alone or as part of the wastewater treatment system have shown promise as a way to improve wastewater effluent, while upgrading ecosystem and aesthetic aspects of a site. Gulf countries, such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are faced with natural water scarcity, exorbitant water demands, beyond their renewable resources and desalination capacities, overloaded wastewater treatment systems that have resulted in releases of untreated wastewater in the marine environment, and increasing populations and expanded economic activities that would further accentuate existing water problems. The current article discusses these issues and, given the public reluctance in the UAE to accept interior greywater reuse, it focuses on the applicability of constructed wetlands in the Gulf region and their potential to enhance irrigation streams and landscape appeal.
The 5th International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2019)
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