REWATER: SUSTAINABLE AND SAFE WATER MANAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE: INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY OF WATER REUSE FOR CROP GROWTH WHILE PROTECTING ECOSYSTEMS, SERVICES AND CITIZENS’ WELFARE

Project presentation

 cristina delerue matos

Coordinator 
Cristina Delerue-Matos

Executive Coordinator 

Projects  Partner and Institution:

REQUIMTE/LAQV-GRAQ: Chemistry and Technology Network - Green Chemistry Associated Laboratory;

CIIMAR: Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research;

AdCL: Águas do Centro Litoral, SA;

UVIGO: University of Vigo, Group Bioeng. and Sustainable Processes, Dep. Chemical Engineering;

UNIOVI: Universidad de Oviedo, Dep. Physical and Analytical Chemistry;

UBc: ”Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Faculty of Engineering;

CUP: Focsani Public Utilities Company;

KU: Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Man and Biosphere Health; 

SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Dep. Biosystems and Technology

Key words: WWTP, emerging contaminants, (bio)sensors, electrochemical and biological treatment processes, ecotoxicological assessment, sustainable water reuse and safety, LCA
Abstract:

Water is a natural resource vital for social wellbeing and agriculture economy. Yet, during the past decades, geographic and climatic features, as well as active release of man-made chemicals, have been driving to water depletion and a loss of quality. This creates a major need for water reuse in increasingly situations, such as in agriculture. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are crucial sources for water reuse, since they promote the removal of unwanted substances. However, one of the major challenges restricting wastewater (WW) reuse is the presence of emerging contaminants (ECs), as they are usually not properly managed by conventional treatment technologies. These technologies still need urgent innovative development and integrated solutions, in order to promote sustainable water reuse and safety.
REWATER proposes to develop an innovative joint research and application of technologies producing a final integrated solution for reuse of WW for agricultural purposes, and their economic and environmental evaluation with a Life Cycle Assessment. This systematic approach, inspired in technological, organizational and bio-based economy, will minimize negative impacts of WW reuse in the environment, decreasing the undesirable introduction of ECs in agriculture and aquatic systems and reducing their spread within the food chain.
REWATER provides a unique interdisciplinary expertise of consortium scientific partners and SMEs specialized in WW treatment. Work programme will include tuned improvement or development of: 1) biosensors for in-field rapid and selective detection of micropollutants and their corresponding metabolites and/or degradation products (MMDs), 2) treatment processes for MMDs removal through integration of electrochemical and biological technologies, 3) ecotoxicological tools to evaluate treated water for reuse and develop expeditious surveillance, and 4) analytical monitoring, scaling-up and environmental/economic assessment. REWATER will provide tools and solutions contributing to WW reuse, environmental health, and economic and social welfare. Interaction among consortium partners, allied to stakeholders of water industry, will enhance collaborative research and innovation, as well as international cooperation in the water sector, during and beyond REWATER lifespan.

Project structure
 rewater 2017

Implementation

WP1 - Analytical monitoring of MMDs
WP2 - Development of (bio)sensor-based fast screening methods for in-field detection of MMDs
WP3 - Alternative remediation processes for MMDs removal
WP4 - Effect-based evaluation of treated WW
WP5 - Scale-up and environmental/economic assessment of selected remediation processes
WP6 - Communication and dissemination
WP7 - Management and coordination

Outcome/deliverables

The project will promote internationalization, facilitated by the increase in student mobility around Europe, and this parameter is an important indicator in the evaluation of researchers and institutions. Another contribution will regard the participation in international Conferences with joint presentations and publications. An effort on exploiting research results, outcomes and disseminating knowledge, not only to science and economy, but also to society in general, will have long lasting impact, especially to the priority theme “Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens”, as described in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Water JPI. Additionally, other potential impacts will also be achieved, focusing on the technology transfer and exploitation of R&D results of REWATER activities. All efforts will be dedicated to the establishment of new cooperation synergies and agreements in key questions, leading to the future possibility of creating new commercial (bio)sensors and WW treatments. SME partners intend to implement the treatment processes developed in their own WWTPs, as a final step in their technology upgrading process.

References coordinator and  leaders of  each WP:

Coordinator: Cristina Delerue-Matos (REQUIMTE); Executive Coordinator:

Ana P. Carvalho (REQUIMTE); WP leaders:

WP1 - Cristina Delerue-Matos, REQUIMTE;

WP2 - M.Teresa Fernández Abedul, UNIOVI;

WP3 - M Angeles Sanromán Braga, UVIGO;

WP4 - Laura Guimarães, CIIMAR;

WP5 - Sandra Jorge; AdCL;

WP6 - Gabriel Lazar, UBc;

WP7 - Cristina Delerue-Matos


Contact Point for  Communication/Dissemination activities:

Gabriel Lazar, assisted by Henri Nouws


Contact Point for Open Data/Open Access activities:

Henri Nouws, Manuela Correia


 

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