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Projects Sustainable Rural Communities

Farm fields
13th June 2018

Phosphorus flow mapping to identify opportunities for recovery and reuse

The need to look for more local sources of phosphorus (P), such as recycling of P in waste, becomes increasingly important as rock-phosphate quality declines. Moving towards a closed P cycle has the potential to decrease cost, increase sustainability, reduce pollution, and improve local and...
Hydropower dam
25th January 2018

Water and the circular economy - where is the greatest sustainable economic benefit for resource recovery in the water cycle?

Driven by environmental, social and economic benefits and the increasing pressure on resources, the need for more considerate use and recovery of resources is growing. In recognition of this, the EU has resource efficiency as a priority going forward. The “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe”...
Rural community on Isle of Skye
1st January 2018

Private water supplies: Are they inhibiting growth and flexibility of the rural economy, or impacting population distribution?

Private water supplies (PWS) are those supplies that are not provided by Scottish Water, and instead are the responsibility of their owners and users. A key policy priority for Scottish Government is how to make these supplies sustainable and of good quality and quantity. Private supplies are...
Orkney farm fields
13th October 2016

Design and designation of private water supply risk areas

In Scotland, private water supplies are regulated separately under The Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006. Type A private water supplies are currently sampled on an individual basis, however changes to the Drinking Water Directive means that low risk parameters may be removed from...
16th June 2016

A review of current practice in the provision of water and wastewater services by private developers

Small water and wastewater systems installed by private developers are a common feature across rural Scotland.   Private developers have two options for service provision: 1. Connect to existing public services at a cost to them 2. Build private systems and operate and/or seek a vesting agreement...
Wastewater treatment plant
13th April 2016

Review of odour management and monitoring in wastewater treatment plants

Wastewater treatment works in Scotland have evolved substantially in the past 20 years.  Investments were designed to protect the environment from the adverse effects of urban waste water discharges and were not specifically focused on odour control.   Odours continued to present...
21st October 2015

A review of the approach taken across the EU and internationally to the management of small scale water supplies

Small scale water supplies are a common feature in rural areas across Europe and internationally. Safe and acceptable water for human consumption that is available in sufficient quantity, physically accessible, and affordable is a crucial prerequisite for human wellbeing and social justice. Access...
1st June 2015

Engaging communities around private water supplies

Rural communities face particular challenges for access to affordable energy, treatment and disposal of waste and the provision of drinking water supplies. This area of work aims to help achieve the SRC vision by working with community groups to explore the issues around the provision of private...
10th April 2015

Innovative solutions for sustainable drinking water treatment at small to medium scales

Within the EU 20/20 program and national strategic objectives, there is recognition for a need to transition to a resource efficient and regenerative circular economy. Within this, water is seen as a significant enabling factor. While major urban managed water systems have seen much improvement to...
10th April 2015

Water Resource Balancing: Is a closed loop system possible that enables sustainable rural supplies?

The aim of this work is to carry out a mass balance of energy, nutrients and other potential resources at a range of scales (single house to a small community). The study will consider whether a closed loop cycle for water and energy is possible. In doing so, the project team will identify...