Tourism and Sustainable Water Use: Supply, Demand, and Security

Sustainable water use is the ripple of responsibility that nourishes the delicate balance between human needs and the preservation of our planet’s life-giving resource. It is a commitment to cherish every drop, embrace efficiency, and ensure that our relationship with water flows harmoniously, leaving a legacy of abundance, resilience, and a sustainable future for all.

  • Next Date

    April 2024

  • Length

    5 weeks

  • Format


  • Investment

    250€ (under 23)

Tourism and Sustainable Water Use: Supply, Demand, and Security

Water is a vital resource and plays a crucial role in the tourism industry. Its importance cannot be underestimated, as it directly affects the experience of tourists, the sustainability of destinations and the well-being of natural ecosystems.


The Tourism and Sustainable Water Use: Supply, Demand, and Security course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues related to sustainable water use in the tourism sector.


The programme addresses the challenges faced by the tourism industry concerning water supply, demand and security, as well as offering strategies and solutions to promote responsible water management in the context of tourism.

This course is part of a 6-module postgraduation. If you are interested in participating in any of the other modules, please contact us or look at the Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality Postgraduation.

Course content

This course is part of a 6-module postgraduation. If you are interested in participating in any of the other modules, please contact us or look at the Sustainable Strategies for Tourism & Hospitality Postgraduation.


Content of this course:

  • Water efficiency (concept);
  • Methodologies for measuring, controlling and reducing water consumption;
  • Energy efficiency in water use;
  • Sustainability of water use – environmental component;
  • Individualised water treatment systems;
  • Desalination processes;
  • Individualised wastewater treatment systems;
  • Swimming pools (traditional with disinfection systems and biological);
  • Rehabilitation of water transport systems with a view to their use (dual piping systems and use of grey water for irrigation and cleaning).
Learning outcomes

Water plays a fundamental role in providing services and amenities to tourists. The quality and adequate water availability are decisive factors in making holidaymakers feel comfortable and enjoy their stay. It is, therefore, crucial to remember that water is a finite and vulnerable resource, identifying the pressure on local water resources, especially in popular destinations


Increased water consumption, pollution and climate change threaten water availability and quality in many tourist areas. It is, therefore, essential to adopt sustainable and responsible practices to protect and preserve water resources, guaranteeing their long-term availability.


This course aims to enable participants to identify, characterise and solve the main problems related to water use in tourism in a sustainable way. This involves understanding the risks and impacts of inappropriate water use, identifying solutions for efficient water management in tourist destinations, looking for new sources, and guaranteeing water security for local communities.

Participants Profile

This course suits professionals with leadership, management or decision-making roles in organisations in the tourism sector.

Participants can come from different areas, such as:

  • Hospitality managers: general managers, hotel operations managers, food and beverage managers, housekeeping managers and other professionals working in hotels, resorts and guesthouses.
  • Sustainable tourism professionals;
  • Professionals involved in developing and promoting sustainable tourism;
  • Events professionals: Event organisers, conference coordinators and professionals involved in managing events and fairs in the tourism sector.
Program Coordination
Rita Maurício

Researcher and Associate Professor NOVA FCT

Rita has a PhD. in Sanitary Engineering by NOVA University Lisbon and a MSc. degree in Environmental Engineering by NOVA FCT. Currently Rita is an Associate Professor at DCEA, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at NOVA FCT, where she collaborates in teaching subjects in the areas of water supply and treatment, drainage and wastewater treatment, urban systems, aquatic monitoring and laboratory techniques in the environment.

She is an elected member of the Department Council.

She carries out research at CENSE, NOVA FCT’s Center for Research on Environment and Sustainability, with a particular interest in the optimization of treatment systems, advanced wastewater treatment systems and emerging pollutants. She has coordinated and participated in several funded research projects, having also coordinated (PI) applications for Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology projects. She participated in several studies and service projects developed for public and private organisations.

Throughout her career, she paid special attention to the dissemination of results of her work, through scientific publications, participation in national and international congresses and the presentation of two patents, in an effort to contribute to the resolution of today’s societal challenges. The scientific research areas support her teaching activity insofar as the areas of knowledge coincide or intersect, building on one another, seeking harmony and coherence in the activities and functions it performs. She is a full member of the European Committee for Standardization: Brussels, BE as a specialist in the fields of wastewater treatment.

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