NOR-WATER

 

Emerging pollutants in the waters of Galicia-Northern Portugal: new tools for risk management

Cooperation Program INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

Objectives

Activities

Consortium

Nor-Water Project

Title: Emerging pollutants in the waters of Galicia-Northern Portugal: new tools for risk management.

Program: Cooperation Program INTERREG V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020

Priority: 6F Promotion of innovative technologies for the improvement of environmental protection and resource efficiency in the waste and water industry, with regard to soil or air pollution reduction.

Total budget: € 579,475.41

ERDF contribution: € 434,606.56

Duration: 04/2019 – 04/2022

Coordinator: CIIMAR-Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental, Universidade do Porto (Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto).

 

What are Emerging pollutants (Eps)?

Emerging pollutants (EPs) are compounds of diverse origin and chemical nature which are present in the environment. Since they were not considered in the past, they have not been studied in depth at a scientific level. For this reason, they are more accurately referred  as contaminants of emerging concern. In many cases, it is still not known whether they pose an ecological risk or present potential adverse health effects (Dulio et al., 2018; Water JPI, 2018). 

They include a wide range of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, personal care and flame-retardant compounds, as well as surfactants, plasticizers and industrial additives. Most of these compounds are still unregulated. However, they may be candidates for future regulation depending on the research conducted on their occurrence and impact on the environment, as well as on their possible harmful effects on health. 

In 2015, the European Union launched a “Watch List” (Decision 2015/495) to monitor, within the scope of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), these and other pollutants with a view to their potential future regulation.

News

New video presenting the NOR-WATER project

New video presenting the NOR-WATER project

Video presenting the NOR-WATER project in which project partners talk about the activities being carried out in the project in relation to the detection, monitoring, modelling and removal of emerging contaminants in the waters of northern Portugal and Galicia. The...

Nor-Water participates in a webinar on emerging pollutants

El pasado 4 de diciembre el proyecto NOR-WATER participó en el webinar “Oportunidades de colaboración y desarrollo tecnológico para la prevención y mitigación de los contaminantes emergentes”, organizado por la Plataforma Tecnológica Española del Agua (PTEA) en...

What is the NOR-WATER’s main objective?

NOR-WATER IS AIMED AT IDENTIFYING THE MAIN EMERGING POLLUTANTS (EPS) AND THEIR SOURCES IN THE WATERS OF NORTHERN PORTUGAL AND GALICIA

Events

SWAN 2021: Virtual Smart Water Week, May 24-28, 2021

The ​Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), is the leading global hub for the smart water and wastewater sectors. The annual, flagship event (fueled by a utility-driven agenda) brings together progressive global utilities, regulators, proven solution...

Project

co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Program Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020