Despite the fact that (i)all water community agreed that there is no water to waste under climate change pression, (ii) and access to water and sanitation is one of the sustainable development goals (SDG6) to be achieved in 2030, the Non-Conventional Water (NCW) is still not considered as resource. Several NCW systems are developed in the Mediterranean area and beyond in order to tackle different water challenges in different settlements/contexts. However,

it is necessary to capitalize on them to increase their impact and to embed them in the current systems (institutional, legal, economic, etc.).


The first objective of the NCW inventory platform, developed in the frame of MEDWAYCAP project, is to contribute to mitigating the local water crisis, the common challenge in the

Mediterranean, by promoting innovative solutions and effective practices related to non-conventional water resources management.

MEDWAYCAP project developed a platform, a web business intelligence solution, that serves to inform and disseminate the implemented innovative solutions and practices in the Med region and elsewhere. The main objective is to collect Non Conventional Water (NCW) systems and Best Practices (BP) implemented in Med region.

The collected data will be analysed and classified using criteria in order to be easily shared and communicated to the target groups. It includes analysis of related issues, as performances, innovation, durability, socio-economic impact, SDGs, and other.

The data inventory platform is open for consultation by technicians, water and sanitation utilities, decision makers, researchers, SMEs, authorities and civil society so that societal challenge holders find adapted, innovative, and sustainable solutions.


The focus is on extracting, sharing knowhow, social learning and building common knowledge at the Mediterranean level rather than creating a similar one. Currently, the NCW inventory platform is connected to two platforms:


The platform is targeting to collect best practice (BP) which are action, task or initiative that has proven to be valuable, sustainable and exploitable. In other words, BPs which are techniques or methods that through research, experience and practice have been proven to be more reliably and lead to a more desired results than those achieved by other means.

Three classifications are introduced in the inventory platform:

BP may be induced by:

New technical or technological solutions

Implementation & management practices

Behavioural change.


The term Non-Conventional Water groups several kinds of water, at this NCW inventory platform we are interested in the following types with a possibility to extend this choice according to the received BP.

Municipal wastewater

Grey water


Brackish Water

Drainage water from agriculture


The NCW Inventory platform is web business intelligence solution including KPI calculation and data analysis which request a careful and total filling of the inventory dedicated to the Best Practice sharing. It offers also space dedicated to the BP holder in order to be able to progressively complete the requested information.


The NCW inventory platform is developed to be dynamic and mobile-friendly.It has a monitoring system which contain automatic scrapping scripts which are triggered according to a program (Frequency and keywords). The Platform has a high performance, fast and lightweight environment thanks to the Content Management System technology DRUPAL. It empowers the user to be more involved & engage with the content of the platform by offering them an interactive and responsive experience. This kind of impactful experience is more likely to stay for a long time as opposed to static walls of texts and images.

Credit of Designers

MEDWAYCAP BPinventory on NCW has been designed by the CERTE & ESEN-UMA team in the framework of the MEDWAYCAP project's Work package "Place based analysis of best practices and methodology of to faster a multilevel water governance", Latifa Bousselmi, Thuraya Mellah, Oussama Hssini, Ahmed Ghrabi.

How to cite the platform

The plateform content is co-built with the BPs holders and CERTE & ESEN-UMA team.  The plateform is freely access, however, use and exploitation of the platform information must be cited as follow: MEDWAYCAP Non-conventional water Inventory Plateform.; 2023. ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Program.


The non-conventional water (NCW) best practice (BP) platform is supported by a reviewing committee (below) composed of experts in the NCW field. This committee is called upon whenever the authors of a good practice wish to certify it. To start the certification process, an email can be sent to the platform address


Name Country Institution
Ahmed Ghrabi Tunisia REACT, Research in Action
Alberto Carletti Italy UNISS, Desertification Research Centre - University of Sassari
Ali Rhouma Spain PRIMA Foundation
Barbara Sarnari Italy SVI.MED. Euro-Mediterranean Center for the Sustainable Development
Konstantinos Plakas Greece CERTH, Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas
Latifa Bousselmi Tunisia CERTE, Centre for Water Research and Technologies
Manuel Sapiamo Malta EWA, Energy and Water Agency
Monther Hind Palestine PWEG, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group
Naem Mazahrih Jordan NARC, National Agricultural Research Center
Roula Khadra Italy CIHEAM-Bari, International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari
Thouraya Mellah Tunisia ESEN, Ecole Supérieure de l'Economie Numérique

About us

The NCW inventory platform is a tool that allows users to access and share information about non-conventional water valorization solutions. It has interactive features to gather and harmonize data. It also offers personal spaces for users to manage their own content.The NCW inventory platform has a mobile-friendly interface.