AquaNES

DEMONSTRATING SYNERGIES IN COMBINED NATURAL AND
ENGINEERED PROCESSES FOR WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS

The AquaNES project

AquaNES will catalyze innovations in water and wastewater treatment processes and management through improved combinations of natural and engineered components.

The project focuses on 13 demonstration sites in Europe, India and Israel covering a representative range of regional, climatic, and hydro geological conditions. Among the demonstrated solutions are natural treatment processes such as bank filtration (BF), managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and constructed wetlands (CW) plus engineered pre- and post-treatment options

AquaNES specific objectives are

  • to demonstrate the benefits of post-treatment options such as membranes, activated carbon and ozonation after bank filtration for the production of safe drinking water
  • to validate the treatment and storage capacity of soil-aquifer systems in combination with oxidative pre-treatments
  • to demonstrate the combination of constructed wetlands with different technical post- or pre-treatment options (ozone or bioreactor systems) as a wastewater treatment option
  • to evidence reductions in operating costs and energy consumption
  • to test a robust risk assessment framework for cNES
  • to deliver design guidance for cNES informed by industrial or near-industrial scale experiences
  • to identify and profile new market opportunities in Europe and overseas for cNES

News & Events

 
2017-07-19
BACTcontrol systems up and running

Microbial online-monitoring started in French and Swiss demo-sites

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2017-07-10
Electrical pulse oxidation

Wadis technology received high-level political attention at innovation exhibition.

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2017-06-23
Focus on bankfiltration

Progress meeting at Polish demo-site

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2017-06-20
AquaNES promoted as success story

Project concept and co-ordination highlighted by Euresearch, the Swiss guide to European research and innovation

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2017-05-20
Project meetings at demo-sites on Aegean islands

Dedicated working session on constructed wetland- based wastewater treatment solutions and half-annual consortium meeting held

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2017-04-01
AquaNES cases at Wasser Berlin

During Wasser Berlin from 28-31 March 2017, AquaNES partners promoted cNES approaches.

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2016-10-01
ECl2 systems for riverbank filtrate disinfection start operation in India

In September 2016 two new autonomous drinking water treatment stations manufactured by AUTARCON were shipped for pilot testing to India.

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Project facts

At a Glance

  • Demonstration of smart combinations of natural and technical treatment processes to tackle challenges in the water sector
  • 30 partners
  • 13 demonstration sites
  • Call topic: WATER-1b-2015 Demonstration/pilot activities;
  • Innovation Action
  • 7.8 mio. EU funding 



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  • Start: June 2016
  • End: May 2019

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