Best Practice Award on Resource Recovery 2023, initiated by Allied Waters and AquaMinerals

Cleaning water is the core business of the water sector. But there is much more to it! Electricity, biogas, paper, glass, biopolymers, fertilizer, and even cosmetics are products ‘made from water sector residuals’. Indeed, nowadays, water treatment processes are also designed for optimal recovery of valuable materials. These are great examples of how the principles of a circular economy are practiced.

IWA’s Resource Recovery from Water Cluster is now calling for nominations for the Resource Recovery Best Practice Award 2023.

Driven by environmental, economic, societal and ecological benefits, resource recovery from water treatment has drawn attention worldwide. Recovering resources from water and wastewater can provide an alternative and economically viable source of resources supporting the resilience of human and natural systems underwater stress. Resources from the water cycle can be water itself, energy (organic or thermal) and components such as nutrients and metals. 

In partnership with Allied Waters and AquaMinerals, the IWA Resource Recovery Cluster seeks to recognize best practices in resource recovery applied at full or demonstrative scale in the water cycle, which can serve as an exemplary solution that can be applied more widely.

The IWA Resource Recovery Cluster Best Practice Award will be presented during the 5th IWA International Resource Recovery Conference in Shenzhen, China, on 1-4 November 2023. The winner will receive a trophy and certificate honoring their best practice and will be invited to present this during the conference.

Submission information

To submit your nomination, please complete the nomination application form before 20 October 2023 through the online form:  

Complete all fields in the online application and upload all required documents, including a video recording of max. 2 minutes. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed.

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For more information, please click here Nominations are open for the IWA Resource Recovery Cluster Best Practice Award 2023 – International Water Association (