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Innovative and versatile integrated solution to remove contaminants of emerging concern in water treatment systems

Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-PRISTINE/101074430 | Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-PRISTINE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The chemical industry currently produces more than 70 000 different chemical products, with an estimated worldwide sales value of €5 000 000 million. Many of these substances are released into the aquatic environment, posing a serious risk for the environment and for human health. It is currently not possible to perform in-depth environmental and health risk assessments of all chemical substances in use because of the great variety of chemicals and their everyday usage. According to emergincontaminats.eu, new chemicals take time to be considered contaminants – i.e. contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), or just emerging contaminants or priority substances. The European Commission defines CECs  as substances that have the potential to enter the environment and cause adverse ecological and health effects. CECs are mostly unregulated and their potential impacts are poorly understood. Health risks include impairment to the immune system, endocrine disorders, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity and infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria. A better understanding of their properties, such as bioaccumulation, would lead to improved legislation on CECs.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE PRISTINE project aims to develop the PRISTINE integrated solution for removing contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) from water streams. The solution, which  permanently removes CECs from water, will be adaptable on a case-by-case basis to protect the environment and human health. The project thus applies zero waste and circular economy principles and helps implement existing and future CECs regulations. Its solution combines the following technologies:

  • Encapsulated adsorbent technology;
  • Hollow-fibre Nfmembrane; and
  • AOP processes (UV-LED combined with ozonation and/or H2O2),

These technologies will be controlled and optimised by a decision support system employing AI-based soft-sensors for the online estimation of CECs concentration levels. The project specifically focuses on PFAS, pesticides, PPCPs, toxins, antibiotic resistance genes and microplastics, which have been identified by previous studies carried out in the two demonstration sites and by existing literature.


RESULTS

Expected results:

  • Removal of more 80% of CECs in wastewater and drinking water;
  • Reduction by 30% of cost compared with comparable technologies; and
  • Raised public awareness through dissemination activities.

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-PRISTINE/101074430
Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-PRISTINE
Start Date: 01/08/2022
End Date: 31/07/2026
Total Eligible Budget: 3,764,689 €
EU Contribution: 2,249,148 €

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: ACCIONA AGUA SA
Legal Status: PRIVATE
Address: CALLE MESENA 80, 28033, MADRID,
Contact Person: Mireia Marcé Escalé
Email: Send Email
Website: Visit Website


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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

THEMES

  • Water quality improvement
  • Waste water treatment

KEYWORDS

  • water saving
  • waste water treatment
  • waste use
  • monitoring system
  • water monitoring
  • water reuse
  • drinking water
  • water supply
  • water quality
  • pollutant elimination
  • decision making support
  • diffuse pollution
  • water pollution
  • water treatment
  • monitoring
  • pollutant monitoring
  • contaminants of emerging concern (CEC)
  • emerging substances
  • perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS)
  • pharmaceuticals
  • scarcity
  • tertiary treatment

TARGET EU LEGISLATION

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/741 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on minimum requirements for water reuse (5.6.2020)
  • Directive (EU) 2020/2184 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2020 on the quality of water intended for human consumption (23.12.2020)
  • Directive 2013/39/EU amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy (12.08.2013), 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Directive 2008/98 - Waste and repealing certain Directives (Waste Framework Directive) (19.11.2008)
  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Directive 91/271 - Urban waste water treatment (21.05.1991)

PARTNERSHIPS

Name Type
ACCIONA AGUA SA Coordinator
XYLEM SERVICES GMBH Participant
ENTIDAD REGIONAL DE SANEAMIENTO Y DEPURACION DE AGUAS RESIDUALES DE LA REGION DE MURCIA Participant
FUNDACIO EURECAT Participant
NX FILTRATION BV Participant

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