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

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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-WATER-INNO-DEMO
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

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
Address
Patission Str. 42
10682 Athina
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yannis Vassiliou (Prof.)
LABORATORIO NACIONAL DE ENGENHARIA CIVIL
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 492 714
Address
Av Do Brasil 101
1700 066 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Paulo De Cárcomo Lobo Ferreira (Dr.)
EMPRESA DE TRANSFORMACION AGRARIA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 220 304
Address
Calle Maldonado 58
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alvaro Enrique Fernandez Escalante (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 312 864
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Sanchez-Vila (Mr.)
SGI STUDIO GALLI INGEGNERIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 465 400
Address
Via Della Vite 13
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Janiak Paulina (Ms.)
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 304 160
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberta Chiordi (Mrs.)
MEKOROT WATER COMPANY LIMITED
Israel
EU contribution
€ 121 768
Address
Lincoln Street 9
61201 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joseph Guttman (Dr.)
MALTA RESOURCES AUTHORITY

Participation ended

Malta
EU contribution
€ 34 757,89
Address
Millenia, Aldo Moro Road
MRS 9065 Marsa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manuel Sapiano (Mr.)
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING ENGINEERINGMANAGEMENT AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 151 550
Address
Acharnon Street B Laertiou 141B
10446 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nelly Andreadaki (Mrs.)
ETAIREIA YDREYSEOS KAI APOCHETEFSEOS PROTEYOYSIS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 115 200
Address
Oropou - Galatsi 156
11146 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Efthymios Lytras (Dr.)
IWW RHEINISCH WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 489 800
Address
Moritzstrasse 26
45476 Mulheim An Der Ruhr
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christina Pawelczyk
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 339 639
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 138 541
Address
Campus De Penha
8005 139 Faro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Paulo Monteiro (Prof.)
TARH-TERRA AMBIENTE E RECURSOS HIDRICOS LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 219 689
Address
Rua Forte Monte Cintra 1/2C
2685 141 Lisboa Sacavem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tiago Carvalho (Mr.)
AUTORITA DI BACINO DEI FIUMI ISONZO TAGLIAMENTO LIVENZA PIAVE BRENTA BACCHIGLIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 275 600
Address
Cannaregio 4314
30121 Venezia
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michele Ferri (Dr.)
TEA SISTEMI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 191 920
Address
Via Ponte A Piglieri 8
56122 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Grazia Carrai (Dr.)
PROVINCIA DI LUCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 137 940
Address
Cortile Carrara 1
55100 Lucca
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monica Lazzaroni (Mrs.)
THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 163 760,80
Address
Derech Hamcabim 68
50250 Bet Dagan
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruth Lerer (Ms.)
WATER SERVICES CORPORATION - WSC
Malta
EU contribution
€ 128 720
Address
Qormi Road
LQA 9043 Luqa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Micallef (Dr.)
PARAGON LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 77 568
Address
Constitution Street 295B
MST9052 Mosta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie Therese Galea (Mr.)
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 27 439,20
Address
.
84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daphna Tripto (Ms.)
ENERGY AND WATER AGENCY
Malta
EU contribution
€ 97 663,11
Address
Wsc, Triq Hal-qormi
LQA 9043 Luqa
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raymond Farrugia (Mr.)