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

Aid from the State Research Agency to the ReUseMP3 project dedicated to water treatment with solutions based on nature

Monday, 30 August 2021

The ReUseMP3 project “Integration of water reuse strategies inspired by nature with the presence and impact of micropollutants and microplastics through advanced analysis¨, led by ICRA researchers Sara Rodríguez-Mozaz and Gianluigi Buttiglieri, has received 144,000 € of funding in the latest call for “R+D+i Projects” Research Challenges modality granted by the State Research Agency (AEI) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The ReUseMP3 project aims to explore the feasibility of so-called “nature based solutions (NBS)” to treat different types of wastewater and gray water and reuse them as irrigation water to produce food in cities in a more sustainable way. A wide variety of analytical methodologies will be applied at ReUseMP3, including target analyzes of known emerging pollutants, but also non-target of suspected and unknown pollutants in order to provide a broader view on the presence and elimination of emerging pollutants, as well as their impact on the environment and on human health. Microplastics and their additives will also be the subject of research in laboratory experiments under controlled conditions with gray and real waters, as well as in field studies under real conditions. The data generated during the project will also allow the development of innovative tools to support decision-making for water management. Other participants in the project are Diana Álvarez, Verónica Rocasalba, Marc Castaño and Ester Mendoza from ICRA, Eusebi Calle Ortega from the University of Girona (UdG) and Quim Comas, with dual affiliation in both institutions.