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
AquaNES team demonstrating the Retention Soil Filter plus at Rheinbach site was awarded the Ernst-Kuntze Prize of DWA.
The Retention Soil Filter Plus and received encouragement towards its practical implementation. An encouragement for increased application of this combined natural and engineering treatment system. (LinkedIn)
The Ernst Kuntze Prize serves to encourage young scientists and practitioners in research and invention leading to practical improvements in water or wastewater treatment and management. It is awarded by DWA, the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste
Their press release of 26 October highlights the unique features of the RSFplus concept:
Andrea F. Brunsch, Heinrich Dahmen, Katharina Knorz and Robert Krump have developed a retention soil filter for further cleaning of the sewage treatment plant effluent from organic micropollutants and inorganic trace substances. They also showed the positive effect of special additives on the retention of these compounds. The flexibly used retention soil filter also treats the combined sewer overflow during rain events. A corresponding large-scale plant was built at the Erftverband and put into operation in autumn 2019. The simple technology of a retention soil filter comes with low operating costs; the annual costs are only around 30 percent compared to the currently discussed methods for removing organic micropollutants.
Marie Pettenati of BRGM won the price for the best poster at ISMAR10 this week in Madrid
The10th International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge took place from May20-24, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. AquaNES was respresented with a number of talks and posters around cNES in relation to bank filtration and soil infiltration for groundwater recharge.
Marie was awarded for her work on intensive monitoring and characterisation of the water quality and hydrogeology at the site as to better understand mechanism and define leverage points for improving the scheme. Eventually these data fed into the development of an ICT tool for optimised operation of the site.
The AquaNES Project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 689450
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