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Understanding groundwater Pollution to protect and enhance WATERquality

Objective

Among the available freshwater resources, groundwater (GW) plays a key role in providing water supplies and livelihoods to respond the pronounced water scarcity. GW pollution by chemicals (organic and inorganic) and biological agents (viruses and bacteria) originating from human activities is a widespread worldwide problem. The scientific and technological goals of the UNDERWATER project are (1) to provide scientific knowledge on identification, occurrence and fate of pollutants in the GW with cost-efficient sampling methods based on passive samplers for chemicals and pathogens; (2) to develop sources apportionment methods to identify and quantify the pollution sources, including Compound Specific Isotopic Analysis (CSIA) and (3) to validate and assess the performance of bio-based engineered natural treatment systems designed as mitigation solutions. The monitoring and mitigation solutions will be validated in 3 case studies (DK, GR and ES), representing different EU climate conditions and a combination of rural, industrial and urban pollution sources. The existing hydrogeological models will be updated with innovative water quality modelling tools, allowing the simulation of decision-making scenarios under multiple stressors and climate change projections. The scenarios will also include the expected impacts of scaling-up the mitigation solutions and the adoption of other non-technological preventive measures devoted to minimise the release of chemicals at source (chemicals regulation, taxation, consumption campaigns, public procurement, etc). The exploitation of specific UNDERWATER results will lead to expected mid-term outcomes including among others: updating the EU chemical priority lists, scaling-up the pilot bio-based solutions to demonstration scale, the adoption of some preventive measures in the case studies and the close-to-market development of the passive sampling devices.

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Net EU contribution
€ 752 775,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
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Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (10)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 569 324,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT INDUSTRIEL ET DES RISQUES - INERIS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 326 662,50
Address
Parc Technologique Alata
60550 Verneuil En Halatte

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Hauts-de-France Picardie Oise
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
IWW RHEINISCH WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 373 750,00
Address
Moritzstrasse 26
45476 Mulheim An Der Ruhr

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Mülheim an der Ruhr
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
ETHNICON METSOVION POLYTECHNION
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 526 250,00
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
157 80 Athina

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 410 595,75
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
STICHTING FUTURE CITY
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 259 987,50
Address
Paulus Borstraat 41
3812 TA Amersfoort

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Other
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€ 0,00
FUNDACION NUEVA CULTURA DEL AGUA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 298 680,00
Address
Callepedro Cerbuna 12 4 Dcha
50009 Zaragoza

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Noreste Aragón Zaragoza
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
TARH-TERRA AMBIENTE E RECURSOS HIDRICOS LDA
Portugal
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€ 231 187,50
Address
Rua Forte Monte Cintra 1/2c
2685 141 Lisboa Sacavem

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
BARCELONA REGIONAL AGENCIA METROPOLITANA DE DESENVOLUPAMENT URBANISTICI D INFRASTRUCTURES SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 115 050,00
Address
Carrer 60 N 25-27 Sector A Zona Franca
08040 Barcelona

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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€ 0,00
ETAIREIA YDREYSEOS KAI APOCHETEFSEOS PROTEYOYSIS ANONIMI ETAIREIA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 129 375,00
Address
Oropou - Galatsi 156
11146 Athina

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Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών Aττική Αττική
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€ 0,00

Partners (2)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Stirling Higway 35
6009 Crawley

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
AUSTRALIAN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION
Australia
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€ 0,00
Other funding
€ 0,00