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ICRA participates in the first edition of the CWP Water Talks on Microplastics

Wednesday, 08 January 2020

Last December 11, the researcher of theICRA, Sarah Rodriguez participated in the Water Talks of the Catalan Water Partnership (CWP), a new format of technical sessions to discuss technologies, challenges and trends that may be of interest to the water sector and which, in its first edition, deal with microplastics.

The session that took place at the University of Barcelona, ​​with the participation ofWater Research Institute of the University of Barcelona (IdRA), brought together 60 people, among whom many researchers and researchers from the water sector stood out, who are working or are interested in the study of microplastics.

Plastic fragments, fibers and granules (microplastics) are already considered emerging pollutants, currently among the most important and continuously growing. Microplastics generate a large amount of environmental impacts, especially when they reach continental or oceanic waters, but they are also detected in waste water and even consumption water.

The event was divided into two parts, the first where presentations took place from different entities associated with the cluster such as Laboratorio Dr Oliver Rodés, Aqualia, Leitat and Aigües de Barcelona, where the main challenges of microplastics analysis, methods to reduce the risk associated with plastics, past experiences and ongoing projects, and the study of microplastics in drinking water were presented. The second part consisted of a round table in which Sara Rodríguez participated and 5 researchers and researchers from different universities and research centers that are part of the CWP: UB, IDAEA-CSIC, EURECAT, ICTA-UAB, URV and ICRA . The main topics highlighted were future trends and challenges in microplastics.

News source: CWP