WORKING GROUP ON USE OF NON-CONVENTIONAL WATER RESOURCES FOR IRRIGATION (WG-NCWRI)
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With the rapid development of economy and the increasing growth of population, Shortage of fresh water becomes a global problem. Agriculture is the biggest water consumer nearly accounting for 70% of the total water supply worldwide. Use of Non-Conventional Water Resources for irrigation could meet such fresh water shortage. Non-Conventional waters consist of raw domestic/industrial wastewater, reclaimed water, agricultural drainage water, mining water, harvested rainwater, and brackish/saline groundwater. In many developing countries, a major part of the wastewater generated by domestic and industrial sectors is used for crop production in an untreated or partly treated form. The protection of public health and the environment are the main concerns associated with uncontrolled wastewater irrigation. In other words, the quality of the produced food, the consumer safety and the health of farm workers are of great concern. Other concerns include the salinity and heavy metal accumulation and pollution caused by nutrient leaching. In fact, secondary ef?uent contains dissolved solids, heavy metals, pesticides and pathogens that might jeopardize sustainable agriculture, groundwater quality, soil quality/ productivity and human health, however, the nutrients contained in such waste water are bene?cial for agriculture up to certain concentrations.

It is very important to prevent contamination and reduce contamination risks for NCWRI, therefore, a set of techniques, policies and strategies must be considered in the process of planning, designing, operation and management.


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Mandate: (a) Exchanging knowledge, experience and data as well as networking on the topic in order to be up- to- date with new developments, methods and approaches; (b) Preparing comprehensive reviews and prospects with respect to different aspects of NCWR; (c) Producing technical manuals, guidelines or standards with respect to all NCWR including waste water, drainage water and saline/brackish water; (d) Organizing international workshops, seminars and meetings on the NCWR topic; (e) Producing documents on successful case studies with the new developments with respect to NCWR presented by the members from different countries; (f) Enlarging the membership of the WG by encouraging more member countries where the use of non-conventional waters is a com.mon practice for irrigation management; and (g) Finalizing the publication of a Technical Paper pending from the activities of the WG-PQW.

Established : 2018
Sl. No. Name Country Membership
1 Dr. (Ms.) Anna Tadeschi Italy Chair
2 Dr. Wenyong Wu China Secretary
3 Dr. Tapas Kumar Biswas Australia Member
4 Dr. Ragab Ragab United Kingdom Member
5 Prof. Leon van Rensburg South Africa Member
6 Engr. Mohamed Ouhssain Morocco Member
7 Dr. Seung Heon Lee South Korea Member
8 Dr. Tasuku Kato Japan Member
9 Dr. Karim Shiati Iran Member
10 Dr. Samia El-Guindy Egypt Member
11 Dr. Hussein Abdel Halim El Gammal Egypt Provisional Member
12 Dr. Muhammad Munir Ahmad Pakistan Provisional Member
13 Dr. Mohamed Shaban M. Abu Salama Egypt Provisional Member
14 Dr. Chihhao Fan Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
15 Dr. R.C. Jain India Provisional Member

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Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), India
India Water Foundation, India
WAPCOS Limited, India
Ningbo Yaofeng Hydraulic Electrics Co., Ltd., China
Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management, Austria
Agriculture Growth of Rural India, India
Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), India
Dubai Municipality, United Arab Emirates