27 Nov 2018
Tunis, Tunisia
Resource efficiency and sustainable waste management

Tunisian water resources are especially scarce. While the government scrambles to cover Tunisia’s ever-growing water needs, the country still has not fully harnessed the use of non-conventional water sources. Mona Lamine has advanced the cause of water recycling through her company, Elma Eco. She hopes to develop ecological and sustainable techniques for water conservation in both urban and rural areas.

Lamine knows her chosen topic well, having worked as an environmental engineer in water treatment for two separate research laboratories. Elma Eco aims to roll out water treatment devices that rely on natural filtration, by plants and / or laterites (iron-rich soil).

“The purpose of water treatment devices is to discharge clean water into the environment, which prevents toxic pollutants from contaminating groundwater and protects the marine environment against eutrophication (absorbing too many nutrients),” Lamine explained.

According to Lamine, these devices make it possible to recycle water for irrigation and watering gardens. “They offer several ecological benefits, such as reducing consumption of drinking water and the enrichment of biodiversity,” she says.

Elma Eco’s biotechnology products are ideal for isolated homes, residences, municipal buildings and manufacturing plants for dairy products and fish farms.

Lamine participated in the SwitchMed Training Program. “Thanks to SwitchMed, I decided to push my research and build a wastewater treatment system in my own home,” she said. “I discovered that my facility must meet several requirements: low operation cost, minimum energy consumption and high purification efficiency.”

 

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