The LIFE-EMPORE project aims to demonstrate an innovative, efficient and highly reproducible technology for the elimination of emerging pollutants from European wastewater. For this, a pilot plant has been designed and built, which has been integrated into the water line of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (EDAR) in Benidorm (property of the Benidorm City Council). The prototype is mobile and has a treatment capacity of 5.5 m³ / h. It consists of four fundamental process units: filtration / adsorption columns, membrane filtration technology, advanced oxidation electrochemical processes (PEOAs) and advanced oxidation processes (POAs).
LIFE EMPORE at River Basin Management 2019
The researcher of the University Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences of the University of Alicante, Maria de los Angeles Bernal Romero del Hombre Bueno, member of the LIFE EMPORE project, participated on May 8, 2019 at the international congress "10th International Conference on River Basin Management "organized by Wessex Institute (United Kingdom) and the University of Alicante, with the oral presentation" ASSESSING SOCIAL PERCEPTION OF EMERGING POLLUTANTS IN THE SOUTH-EAST SPAIN "(authors: MA Bernal-Romero del Hombre Bueno, P. Aznar-Crespo, A. Jódar-Abellán, J. Melgarejo and D. Prats). The most relevant results of the evaluation of the social perception of water experts on the presence of emerging pollutants in wastewater were presented. It should be noted that the information evaluated was taken from the surveys conducted during the ESAMUR Conferences held on 21 and 22 November 2018 in Lorca, Murcia. The impact of future regulations on specific regulation of wastewater ECs raises uncertainty among experts, who believe that current WWTPs are not prepared for the elimination of these compounds. The experts expressed the need to apply combined treatments that include current technologies (membranes, advanced oxidation, adsorption, etc.) to obtain a higher quality water free of ECs, with price being one of the factors that most concern them.
LIFE EMPORE at AQUARES workshop in Milan
On 27 and 28 March, the AQUARES interregional project workshop, Water Reuse Policies Advancement for Resource Efficient European, organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Water Foundation at the Nosedo water treatment plant in the city of Milan, entitled "Interregional workshop on water reuse technologies . How to apply the appropriate technologies to water reuse across the agricultural, industrial, urban and recreational sector of each region". LIFE EMPORE, represented by the University Institute of Water and Environmental Sciences of the University of Alicante, was present in this workshop as a collaborator and speaker by the Institute's researcher, María de los Ángeles Bernal Romero of the Good Man, who took part in the aforementioned event and advised the different European delegations on legislation, technologies for the treatment of water and contaminants of emerging concern as Stakeholder, with the presentation "Water reuse: The challenge of Emerging Pollutants", in which as a case study to the LIFE EMPORE project. In it he developed objects and presented results, in addition to the design of the plant. The LIFE EMPORE project thanks the Euro-Mediterranean Water Foundation and the General Directorate of Water of the Region of Murcia for their kind invitation to present their project during this event.
Visit to LIFE-EMPORE pilot plant and the tertiary of Benidorm WWTP
On February 28, 2019 students of the Higher Polytechnic School of the University of Alicante (EPS Alicante) visited the pilot plant of the LIFE EMPORE project ENV / ES / 000598 "Development of an efficient and sustainable methodology for the elimination of emerging pollutants from EDAR's (EMPORE)" and the tertiary of the WWTP of Benidorm, activity framed in the Cultural Month 2019 of the EPS Alicante. A group of 30 students of various degrees taught at the University of Alicante (Chemical Engineering degree, Master in Sustainable Management and Water Technologies, etc.) visited the facilities, accompanied by Professor Nuria Boluda (IUACA member). In the visit to the pilot plant of the EMPORE project, the students were received by Silvia Oyonarte (AIDIMME) and María de los Ángeles Bernal (member of the IUACA), who made a presentation of the objectives, characterization of the effluent and technologies used in the project, as well as by Javier Andreu (CONSOMAR SA), who explained the automation of the plant. The students could see the demonstrator in operation and see the equipment used in the different treatments (pre-filtration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, advanced oxidation, electrochemical processes and adsorption on activated carbon). The students also visited the Refined Water Regeneration Facility (IRAD) in Benidorm, in which the purified effluent from the WWTP of Benidorm is treated through a system of ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes.
LIFE EMPORE at the National Water Conference in Orihuela
The LIFE EMPORE project ENV / ES / 000598 "Development of an efficient and sustainable methodology for the elimination of contaminants emerging from WWTP's (EMPORE)" was presented by María de los Ángeles Bernal, member of IUACA, at the National Water Congress held 21-22 February 2019 in Orihuela (Alicante). In the presentation, they showed: the objectives of the project, the technologies implemented in the pilot plant, the characterization of the EDAR Benidorm effluent and the main conclusions of the surveys carried out on the social acceptance of the treated wastewater for reuse. The surveys were carried out by IUACA members during the "XIV National Congress of Irrigators' Communities (Orihuela, May 2018) and the "ESAMUR Technical Workshop" (Lorca, November 2018). For most of the participants of the first survey, the reuse of treated wastewater has positive effects on the environment and is a resource currently available for companies / communities of irrigators in Spain. Although, as disadvantages were listed the price of water, the difficulty to ensure traceability and food security and the infrastructure of use required (pumping and storage), among others. Most participants in the second survey stated that the presence of emerging pollutants (ECs) is a significant risk factor for the future of the reuse of treated wastewater. The impact of future regulations on specific regulation of wastewater ECs raises uncertainty among experts, who believe that current WWTPs are not prepared for the elimination of these compounds. There is no consensus among experts regarding which technique is better to eliminate ECs, but it is necessary to combine the current technologies (membranes, advanced oxidation, adsorption, etc.) to obtain a higher quality water free of ECs.
Technical conference "Treatment and elimination of emerging pollutants in effluents from urban treatment plants"
On February 12, 2019 was held in Valencia the technical conference "Treatment and elimination of emerging pollutants in effluents of urban treatment plants" organized by the Public Entity for Wastewater Sanitation of the Valencian Community (EPSAR). After the inauguration of the day by Enrique Lapuente, manager of the EPSAR, the professor of Chemical Engineering Daniel Prats (member of the IUACA) made a presentation on "Emerging pollutants: problems, legislation and current treatment". Subsequently, IHE-UNESCO made a presentation on the evaluation of the presence of emerging pollutants in other European regions. During the event the LIFE EMPORE project ENV / ES / 000598 "Development of an efficient and sustainable methodology for the elimination of contaminants emerging from WWTPs (EMPORE)" was presented. Raquel González (Laboratorios Tecnológicos de Levante) presented the objectives, results and partners of the project. Silvia Oyonarte (AIDIMME) gave a presentation about the technologies used in the project and showed the built demonstrator that is currently being operated in the Benidorm WWTP. Finally, María de los Ángeles Bernal (member of IUACA), presented the first results obtained in the project (characterization of the effluent, elimination / reduction of the concentration of ECs and indicators used). The day also had the participation of Pedro Simón, Technical Director of the Sanitation and Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Region of Murcia (ESAMUR), with an exhibition on the situation of emerging pollutants in the Region of Murcia. The day ended with the exhibition of other invited LIFE projects. Fulgencio Contreras (IMIDA), presented the project "LIFE AQUEMFREE. In situ decontamination of agricultural wastewater by solar photocatalysis" and Mª Isabel Fortea (UCAM) presented the project "LIFE CLEAN UP. Validation of adsorbent materials and advanced oxidation techniques for the elimination of emerging contaminants in treated waters".
LIFE EMPORE carries out surveys on emerging pollutants at the ESAMUR Technical Workshop
The project LIFE-EMPORE ENV / ES / 000598 "Development of an efficient and sustainable methodology for the elimination of emerging pollutants of EDAR's" aims to achieve a profitable and replicable method that is capable of eliminating the Emerging Pollutants from Water Treatment Plants European residuals (EDAR). During the XIV ESAMUR Technical Workshop on Sanitation and Purification held on November 21 and 22 in Lorca (Murcia), IUACA members Maria de los Angeles Bernal, Lyvia Mendes, Antonio Jódar and Pablo Aznar conducted a survey on emerging pollutants, framed in the C2 actions (monitoring the socio-economic impact) of the project. This event had a large participation of professionals from the water sector throughout Spain. In the survey, various aspects focused on emerging pollutants such as regulations, analysis techniques, disposal technologies, socio-economic impact and water prices were discussed. The members of the LIFE-EMPORE project are grateful for the willingness of ESAMUR to develop the survey and the collaboration of the respondents.
Presentation of LIFE EMPORE project at AEDYR Conference
The first results of the EMPORE LIFE project ENV / ES / 000598 were presented by María de los Ángeles Bernal, member of IUACA, at the XII International Congress of the Spanish Association of Desalination and Reuse (AEDyR) held on October 23, 2018 in Toledo. The paper was entitled "FIRST RESULTS OF THE EMPORE-LIFE PROJECT15 DEVELOPMENT OF AN EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE METHODOLOGY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF EDAR'S EMERGING POLLUTANTS." The project aims to achieve a profitable and replicable method that is capable of eliminating emerging pollutants from European Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTP). In the presentation, the following were detailed: the technologies available to the pilot plant, the results of the initial monitoring campaign for emerging pollutants, the environmental and socio-economic impact indicators used and the first results obtained in the demonstration phase.It should be noted that the first results in the demonstration phase (action B4) show a remarkable improvement in the quality of the effluents treated in the WWTP of Benidorm.
Dissemination of the LIFE EMPORE project: iAgua.
LIFE EMPORE for the elimination of emerging pollutants in WWTS was presented at META 2018.
The project information is now available.
The European Life project EMPORE, awarded to IUACA, is published on the website of www.aguasresiduales.info.
The project developed by IUACA together with other entities for the elimination of emerging pollutants in WWTP, is currently being published.
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