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The European intoDBP project, led by ICRA, begins

Friday, 02 December 2022

This December 1, the European project intoDBP began, led by the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA) , which will coordinate for four years a team made up of 15 partners from Spain, Ireland, Cyprus, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Austria, USA and Australia. The ICRA team will be made up of researchers Maria Jose Farré (PI), Rafa Marcé, Mira Petrovic, Wolfgang Gernjak and Sara Rodríguez.

The goal of the intoDBP project is to create innovative tools and strategies to improve water quality management for safe human use and a healthy environment. This is a project that focuses on catchment protection and forecasting, advanced drinking water treatment and real-time monitoring to combat the effects of climate and global change.

Innovative tools for control of organic matter and disinfection by-products in drinking water

In particular, intoDBP focuses on contamination and risks related to disinfection byproducts (DBPs). By developing and applying advanced, integrated and cost-effective sensors and analytical methods, intoDBP will expand knowledge on water quality and DBP precursors to better understand their formation and human exposure in Europe. The results of the intoDBP monitoring will feed into numerical forecasting tools to predict water changes in the basin and formulate climate change adaptation pathways at the catchment and treatment scale. IntoDBP also develops transformative technology for upgrading water treatment and disinfection.

In the intoDBP consortium, researchers, small and large companies, communication experts and public services come together to generate interdisciplinary solutions, which will generate a renewed perspective on drinking water monitoring, support decision-making and governance and they will increase the resilience of the system. intoDBP will implement and validate its transversal products in four complementary case studies from three European countries where DBP regulatory compliance is currently a recognized challenge. The direct and visible positive impact of intoDBP in the case studies will encourage the rapid adoption of products on a European and global scale, thus strengthening Europe’s position and role in the global water market.