Several DEMEAU partners attended the Micropol & Ecohazard Conference and took part in panels and poster presentations. In connection with the conference, project representatives met on June 19 and 20 to discuss the project’s progress. Visits at partner utilities in Zurich gave a first impression of the implementation of the new technologies.
The EU funded project DEMEAU kicked off on 8 and 9 November at Dunea, the water utility of The Hague and its surrounding area. The event marks the beginning of a three-year demonstration of promising technologies that tackle emerging pollutants in water and waste water.
Recent technological developments have provided powerful quantitative in vitro bioassays to effectively measure a wide range of major classes of toxicants in water (i.e. acutely toxic compounds, endocrine disrupting substances and genotoxic agents). As the possibilities of these methods are rapidly expanding, they are providing comprehensive monitoring systems for a wide range of toxicities at higher throughput and reduced costs, without the use of experimental animals.