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Water reclamation technologies for safe artificial groundwater recharge

Water reclamation technologies for safe artificial groundwater recharge

Objective

Solutions to global water stress problems are urgently needed yet must be sustainable, economical and safe. The utilisation of alternative water sources like reclaimed municipal wastewater is one of the most obvious and promising options in integrated water management. Among the various beneficial uses of reclaimed wastewater Aquifer Recharge (AR) receives growing attention because it features advantages such as additional natural treatment, storage capacity to buffer seasonal variations of supply and demand as well as mixing with natural water bodies which promotes the acceptance of further uses, particularly indirect potable use. Major concerns about the safety of this exploitation route of an alternative water source are connected to microbial and chemical contaminants occurring in wastewater, among which are emerging trace organics like endocrine disrupters and pharmaceuticals. The strategic objective of this proposal is to develop hazard mitigation technologies for water reclamation providing safe and cost effective routes for artificial groundwater recharge. The proposed work will assess different treatment applications in terms of behaviour of key microbial and chemical contaminants. The knowledge generated in the project and the technologies developed will also be suited to the needs of developing countries, which have a growing need of supplementation of freshwater resources. The participation of partners from China and Australia demonstrate the anticipation of the global dimension of the water reclamation and aquifer recharge issue. The proposed project will strategically support the competitiveness of European technology suppliers and water services in the context of water reclamation and groundwater recharge.

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Coordinator

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Address

Templergraben 55
Aachen

Germany

Administrative Contact

Thomas MELIN (Professor)

Participants (19)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUR WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

DHI - INSTITUT FOR VAND OG MILJOE

Denmark

INSTITUT ZA EKOLOSKI INZENIRING D.O.O.

Slovenia

RIBO TECHNOLOGIES BV

Netherlands

MEKOROT WATER COMPANY ISRAEL

Israel

UNESCO-IHE INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION

Netherlands

BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEWAESSERKUNDE

Germany

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES

France

AQUAFIN N.V.

Belgium

UNITED WATER INTERNATIONAL PTY. LTD.

Australia

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO

Mexico

CSIR - COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

PUBLIC UTILITIES BOARD

Singapore

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

Singapore

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 18309

  • Start date

    1 October 2005

  • End date

    31 December 2008

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 950 933

  • EU contribution

    € 3 560 440

Coordinated by:

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany