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

The objective of this line is the control of the quality of the water in processes of treatment of residual and potable water.

The specific lines of research include, on one side, the study of the destination and the behavior of the contaminants in the conventional and advanced treatment of residual and potable water and on the other side, the study of the transformation processes and the Identification of derived products in order to improve the understanding of the sources and processes that control the distribution of contaminants in the environment.

The specific objectives are:

  • Study of the presence, destination and behavior of contaminants in conventional biological tracts of residual waters
  • Destination and behavior of pollutants in advanced treatment of residual waters of domestic and industrial origin (membrane technology, advanced oxidation processes)
  • Clarification of the processes of biodegradation of pollutants
  • Study of the transformation of contaminants and their distribution between the solid and liquid phases
  • Assessment of the ecotoxicological relevance of emerging pollutants
  • Identification of nous contaminants from water purification (by-products of ozonation, chlorination)