Catalan Water Research Institute research and innovation for the sustainable use of water


This research area develops and evaluates methodologies and technologies to optimize and improve the different sections of the urban water system. It focuses on the application of emerging technologies to optimize resources for water supply, advanced wastewater treatment, recovery and reuse of regenerated water and extracted resources.

The research area has a comprehensive perspective of the processes involved in the urban water cycle, from the point of extraction, to human-industrial consumption and back of the water resource to the natural system. These objectives are achieved through the application of emerging technologies that optimize the resources of the water supplies, wastewater treatment, regeneration and reuse. The starting point of the investigation of this area is an inclusive perspective of the integral processes that characterize it, from the end rivers to human consumption and the return of cap to the system. The development of technologies is related to those that can be more useful and of low cost, while trying to achieve a reduction and optimization of the consumption of resources related to the drying process and more of the final product.

Head of Area

Maite Pijuan is a researcher at the Catalan Water Research Institute and head of the Technology and Assessment Research Area.

Maite will obtain a PhD in Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2004. After 6 years of postdoc at the Advanced Water Management Center (The University of Queensland, Australia) she will join ICRA with a contract Ramón i Cajal. In 2015 she will obtain a permanent Research Scientist plaça. Her six lines of research are focused on the field of biological treatment of residual waters, with special interest in our processes of water treatment, the recovery of energy and nutrients, and the mitigation of winter gases. .

Maite has published 75 scientific articles (index H-32, Scopus, August 2020), an international patent and 4 chapters of the book. She has participated in more than 20 competitive projects (7 with IP) and various industry consulting projects and has supervised 8 doctoral theses.

Research lines