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Natural Toxins and Drinking Water Quality - From Source to Tap

Objective

Clean drinking water is crucial to human health and wellbeing. The ambition of the NaToxAq ETN network is to expand the research basis for EU’s leading role in securing high quality drinking waters for its citizens. Focus is on natural toxins – a large group of emerging contaminants with unknown impact on drinking water resources. Both known toxins, like cyanotoxins, cyanogenic glucosides and terpenes and not yet explored toxins will be investigated. Twenty leading universities, research institutions, and water enterprises will pioneer the field through joint training of 15 ESRs investigating natural toxin emission via water reservoirs to water works and consumers. The natural toxin challenge is addressed by the concerted work of the ESRs within 4 scientific work packages comprising origin, distribution, fate and remediation. Priority toxins are selected using in silico approaches accompanied by novel non-targeted and targeted analyses to map natural toxins along vegetation and climatic gradients in Europe. Invasion of alien species, toxin emission, leaching and dissipation will be under strong influence of climate change. Data collected for toxin emission, properties and fate will be used to model effects of climate, land use, and design of remediation actions. Special attention will be paid to toxin removal at water works including development of new technologies tailored to remove natural toxins. The results will contribute to strengthening of European policies and regulation of drinking water, while new business opportunities within the fields of water supply and treatment, chemical monitoring and sensing, and the consulting sector will arise from academia-indstry collaborations. The urgency of the challenge, its eminent knowledge gaps, its multifaceted and multidisciplinary nature, and the need for scientific and public awareness to be communicated by ESRs in a balanced way makes the topic ideal for a European mobility and training network.
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Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 870 245,64

Participants (9)

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HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

Masarykova univerzita

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 464 844,96

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 495 745,92

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

KOBENHAVNS PROFESSIONSHOJSKOLE

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 265 226,76

HOFOR AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

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KRUEGER A/S

UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES SA

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR PLASMAFORSCHUNG UND TECHNOLOGIE EV

VandCenter Syd As

KELDA GROUP PLC

AIGUES DE BARCELONA, EMPRESA METROPOLITANA DE GESTIO DEL CICLE INTEGRAL DE L'AIGUA SA

St. Galler Stadtwerke

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 722493

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 976 833,96

  • EU contribution

    € 3 976 833,96

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark