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Demonstrating Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Solution to Water Scarcity and Drought

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 619120

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 022 150,55

  • EU contribution

    € 5 176 078

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

Objective

Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region are facing the challenge of managing its water resources under conditions of increasing scarcity and concerns about water quality. Already, the availability of fresh water in sufficient quality and quantity is one of the major factors limiting socio economic development. Innovative water management strategies such as the storage of reclaimed water or excess water from different sources in Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) schemes can greatly increase water availability and therefore improve water security. Main objective of the proposed project MARSOL is to demonstrate that MAR is a sound, safe and sustainable strategy that can be applied with great confidence and therefore offering a key approach for tackling water scarcity in Southern Europe.

For this, eight field sites were selected that will demonstrate the applicability of MAR using various water sources, ranging from treated wastewater to desalinated seawater, and a variety of technical solutions. Targets are the alleviation of the effect of climate change on water resources, the mitigation of droughts, to countermeasure temporal and spatial misfit of water availability, to sustain agricultural water supply and rural socio-economic development, to combat agricultural related pollutants, to sustain future urban and industrial water supply and to limit seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers.

Results of the demontration sites will be used to develop guidelines for MAR site selection, technical realization, monitoring strategies, and modeling approaches, to offer stakeholders a comprehensive, state of the art and proven toolbox for MAR implementation. Further, the economic and legal aspects of MAR will be analyzed to enable and accelerate market penetration. The MARSOL consortium combines the expertise of consultancies, water suppliers, research institutions, and public authorities, ensuring high practical relevance and market intimacy.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Address

Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 344 480

Administrative Contact

Melanie Meermann-Zimmermann (Dr.)

Participants (22)

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 324 600

LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 492 714

EMPRESA DE TRANSFORMACION AGRARIA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 220 304

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 312 864

SGI STUDIO GALLI INGEGNERIA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 465 400

SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 304 160

MEKOROT WATER COMPANY LIMITED

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 121 768

MALTA RESOURCES AUTHORITY

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 34 757,89

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING ENGINEERINGMANAGEMENT AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 151 550

ETAIREIA YDREYSEOS KAI APOCHETEFSEOS PROTEYOYSIS ANONIMI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 115 200

IWW RHEINISCH WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 489 800

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 339 639

UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 138 541

TARH-TERRA AMBIENTE E RECURSOS HIDRICOS LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 219 689

AUTORITA DI BACINO DEI FIUMI ISONZO TAGLIAMENTO LIVENZA PIAVE BRENTA BACCHIGLIONE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 275 600

TEA SISTEMI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 191 920

PROVINCIA DI LUCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 137 940

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 163 760,80

WATER SERVICES CORPORATION - WSC

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 128 720

PARAGON LIMITED

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 77 568

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 27 439,20

ENERGY AND WATER AGENCY

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 97 663,11

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 619120

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 022 150,55

  • EU contribution

    € 5 176 078

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany