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

What is a cNES and why deploy it?

News & Events

 
2019-05-24
Work at the AquaNES managed aquifer recharge demonstration site Agon Coutainville rewarded.

Marie Pettenati of BRGM won the price for the best poster at ISMAR10 this week in Madrid

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2019-05-20
Putting AquaNES results into perspective

Various project results being presented at Swiss expert congress on 14 May in Muttenz, CH.

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2019-04-11
Summary of final dissemination event

AquaNES spread its project outcomes on April 9, 2019, Berlin. Find the wrap-up of the day here.

2019-01-27
New publications

Special Issue "Efficiency of Bank Filtration and Post-Treatment" featuring AquaNES contributions.

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2019-01-29
Another virtual tour to AquaNES demonstration site

What can membranes do to bank filtrate? Learn how nanofiltration removes contaminants in our demonstration site in Tiefwerder in Berlin, Germany. Take a virtual tour to better understand the concept.

2018-10-14
Regional workshop on cNES in the eastern Mediterranean

Join the event on 22 November in Athens to learn about market potential and need for natural treatment systems in the region

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2018-09-06
Best presentation award for AquaNES talk

Work on advanced oxidation pre-treatment in Lange Erlen site won the Best Presentation Award at IOA-EA3G

 
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2018-08-22
Virtual tour to AquaNES demonstration site

The combination of ozonation and constructed wetlands to treat secondary effluent is demonstrated at WWTP Schönerlinde in Berlin, Germany. Take a virtual tour to better understand the concept.

2018-07-10
Visit to Rheinbach demonstration site

RSF developing from pilot plant to full-scale implementation

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2018-06-04
Project meeting in Budapest

Budapest Waterworks hosted the full consortium on 28-29 May 2018

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2018-05-30
Public workshop, 30 May 2018 Budapest

Practice-oriented knowledge exchange on riverbank filtration

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2018-03-16
Mid-term Review Meeting

Technical presentations and site visit

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2018-05-18
AquaNES at IFAT Munich

During IFAT Munich (May 14-18, 2018) project results were communicated to endusers

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2017-10-20
Work progress meeting

Constructed wetlands and other natural systems for improved wastewater treatment

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2017-09-25
Implementation progresses in Shafdan site

Innovation Exploitation Teams meets to discuss technical details

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2017-09-24
AquaNES at Water Innovation Week Porto

AquaNES contributing to various programme items of the event

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2017-07-19
BACTcontrol systems up and running

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

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2017-06-23
Focus on bankfiltration

Progress meeting at Polish demo-site

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AquaNES: an ict4water cluster member

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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