European Small Islands Federation

Water Saving Project


The Water Saving project was a study on how eight small, dry European islands can save fresh water. The project result is published in a booklet: WASAC booklet

The project was headed by The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and used its so-called ”Challenge” methodology meaning there aren’t lectures, but the highly competent islands Mayors and Technical Directors met in frank discussions. You might describe it as well prepared, throughly reserached round table talks.

The study was led by Christian Pleijel at KTH with the support of professor Anders Nordström from Stockholm University, professor Louis Brigand from the University of Brest, Máirtín O’Mealoid from Cape Clear Island, Ireland, CRES Institute ( in Greece, internship Maxime Bredin from l’Université de Brest, professor Sara Borgström from KTH and professor Andy Bäcker from the IE University of Bilbao.

Professor Borgström gave her view here:

A starting point was the study of the Swedish Koster islands, a society much aware of its water choosing small-scale, local, efficient water and sewage system solutions. The island was mapped on three levels: (1) the water of the island = the hydrogeological conditions, (2) the water of the islanders = the human need for and use of freshwater and consequent outlet, and (3) the water and sewage infrastructure to match the conditions and the needs. See


We are thankful for the sponsorship of Mr Tonino Picula, Croatian MEP and vice Chairman of the European Parliament Intergroup for Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas.



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