Upcoming Final Dissemination Events for June

In June, the DEMEAU project will hold its series of final dissemination events. To tailor the final events to the diverse stakeholders and interest groups of the project, the events will be held in a two part series. The first part, held in Zurich, Switzerland on June 17th and 18th, will be a Final Consortium Meeting and Utility Event. The second part, held at the annual WSsTP Conference in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24-26th will serve as a Final Policy Event. Agendas are forthcoming.

DEMEAU Animation: Dare to Drink? Emerging Pollutants in Our Water

Is your drinking water clean? Is it safe to drink? The animation illustrates what emerging pollutants are, how they enter water sources and what role individuals can take in improving the quality of their drinking water. The EU funded project DEMEAU demonstrates innovative technologies that address emerging pollutants.

Presenting: Technology Brochure on Bioassays

DEMEAU released the first of its series of informational technology brochures. A collaborative effort among several project partners, including, Ecologic Institute, BioDetection System (BDS), Veolia Recherche & Innovation (VERI), Eawag and KWR Watercycle Research Institute, the technology brochure aims to close the communication gap between scientists and end users. The brochure offers an accessible guide that summarizes and presents key findings on the latest research from the project’s work on bioassays.

Project Steering Board Meeting at KWR premises

The second annual Project Steering Board meeting of the FP7 project DEMEAU took place on May 19th and 20th at the premises of KWR Watercycle Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Project coordinator Theo van den Hoven welcomed the DEMEAU project members with a brief introduction of KWR, its services and activities and the scope and objectives of DEMEAU. Subsequently, the Work Area (WA) leaders had the opportunity to give a summarising overview of their work progress.

Managed Aquifer Recharge to Encounter Emerging Pollutants

On October 2 2014, a DEMEAU utility event took place at the premises of Aigües de Barcelona. It was the first utility event that combined the presentation of research and implementation of Managed Aquifer Recharge with an interactive workshop contributing to work in DEMEAU’s Work Area 5 on Life Cycle Analysis and Life Cycle Costing.

Conditions Influencing Removal of Emerging Pollutants in MAR

DEMEAU’s Work Area 1 conducted a study review on trace organic removal rates in different Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) sites. The review concluded that redox and residence time conditions are part of the key parameters that are able to estimate emerging pollutants removal. MAR enables storage of water in periods of good resource quantity and it offers natural degradation of some pollutants, although some trace organic compounds have shown to be poorly degradable or may be removed only under specific conditions.

In vitro bioassays for the prediction of human health hazards in international regulatory frameworks

In vitro bioassays are promising tools for the assessment of drinking water quality. The technique is based on living cells that show a response once exposed to toxicants. Bioassays are already used in pharmaceutical screening, food safety assessment and chemical regulation but have not entered water regulation yet. Researchers of DEMEAU evaluated the (international) regulatory acceptance of mammalian or bacterial cell-based bioassays for human health assessment.

Drivers and Barriers to Implementation of DEMEAU Technologies

Recently the partners of Work Area (WA) 5 have published a report on perceived drivers and barriers for successful implementation of the four groups of technologies investigated in DEMEAU: Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), Hybrid Ceramic Membrane Filtration (HCMF), Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) and Bioassays.  Stakeholders in six case studies were questioned about their view in order to highlight which aspects have enabled or constrained market uptake of the innovative technologies.


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