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Strategic planning for water resources SPRING

Pollution of water and groundwater is a key environmental issue in India. Several states have reported fluoride contamination of water, and others have found traces of arsenic and carcinogenic pollutants.

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The SPRING project emerges from the necessity of finding a water purification system to produce potable water in the appropriate quantity and quality to supply under Indian conditions. The proposed Bio-oxidation technology can directly impact the lives of more than 0.6- 0.8 billion people in India. The technological outputs are expected to be superior in cost and sustainability to known treatment technologies such as activated carbon- or membrane filtration.

SPRING aims to improve and develop bioremediation technologies to remove organic micro-pollutants at low concentrations in groundwater and surface water. Today the treatment includes an expensive physicochemical technology. The project will provide an integrated water resource management tool for reliable water supply that involves:

  • simplified water quality monitoring methods
  • cost-effective real-time monitoring tools to highlight different pollutants risks and flooding/water insufficiency scenarios
  • developing innovative simple to operate bio-oxidation systems for treatment of polluted water bodies (stagnant and flowing)
  • implementing good practices in water planning for treatment, supply, and usage

In addition, an inclusive decision-making process will contribute to democracy and will lend the decision legitimacy. Successful implementation and demonstration of the developed systems involving all stakeholders will help achieve wide public acceptance towards the reuse and recycling of wastewater through the developed technology.

The project is funded by EU: H20-ENV-Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials under under Grant Agreement No. 821423

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Project duration

2019 - 2023