Removing uranium from contaminated water supplies
A source of fresh water for drinking, irrigation and ecosystem needs, groundwater is important. This is why protecting groundwater from pollution and deterioration is vital. Uranium is a natural radionuclide that is a common component in groundwater. Removing it from contaminated water supplies is a priority. In this context, the EU-funded MITRad project will shed new light on uranium retention pathways in calcite mediated by iron sulfides and microorganisms in a deep crystalline rock–groundwater system. Specifically, it will implement a comprehensive experimental approach that involves various isotope proxies in minerals and secondary, deep groundwaters, integration with microbiological studies, spectroscopic techniques and hydrogeochemical modelling.