Jointly meeting global challenges Annual report 2012


European DEMEAU project kicks off

8 November 2012Networks

The kick-off takes place of the European DEMEAU project at the Dunea water company on 8 and 9 November. The goal of this three-year project is to implement the results of earlier European research into tackling pollution in the water cycle. There are 17 parties from 5 countries participating in the DEMEAU consortium, which is being led by KWR

The European research into polluting substances should raise the security of our drinking water and wastewater services and lead to better public health. DEMEAU explores four groups of promising technologies:

  1. Managed Aquifer Recharge
  2. Ceramic membrane filtration
  3. Advanced oxidation
  4. Bioassays


Research institutes, innovative SMEs, water companies and policymakers will be working together within the project. The water companies will play a special role: they will be the launching customers of the selected technologies.

DEMEAU will be comparing the suitability and cost-effectiveness of the new technologies against existing ones. Pilots will be set up in the Netherlands at the water companies Dunea, PWN and Waternet. Outside of the Netherlands, the water companies of Hamburg, Berlin, Aachen, Zurich and Barcelona will also be running pilots.

To further extend the impact and market penetration of the tested technologies, DEMEAU will be working with policymakers and standardisation bodies at both member-state and European levels.

From KWR’s perspective, DEMEAU fits into a series of large European water cycle projects that the institute has coordinated over the past few years. This project will therefore further strengthen relations with European water companies, technology providers and knowledge institutes.

© 2018 KWR Watercycle Research Institute

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