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Clean drinking water is a limited resource in many countries and development of sustainable techniques to purify water polluted by pesticides and other micro-pollutants are urgent. Groundwater is an important drinking water resource in Europe, but surface waters are also used for drinking water in many countries. In general, groundwater has a higher quality than surface water and it is often distributed to the consumer without any prior advanced purification processes. Securing this unique situation requires that the groundwater remains without organic residues such as pesticides and other micro-pollutants including estrogens and pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, such contaminants are more and more frequently detected in aquifers and surface waters in concentrations above the EU-threshold concentrations and they constitute a serious treat to our drinking water resources. The aim of BIOTREAT will be to develop much needed sustainable biotechnologies for remediating contaminated drinking water derived from either groundwater or surface water. In the present context, bioaugmentation is the introduction of specific degrading microorganisms or microbial consortia into sand-filters at waterworks or into barriers between surface water and drinking water reservoirs.
StatusCurrent
Period01/09/1031/08/13
Financing sourceForsk. EU - Rammeprogram
Research programmeUkendt
Amount0.00 Danish kroner
Project ID30865
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