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Project Actions


Action 1. Hydrogeological and chemical characterization of the aquifer. COMPLETED

This action is focused on characterizing the regional hydrogeology and the local aquifer intrinsic characteristics of Sant Andreu de Llavenres aquifer (Catalonia, Spain) in order to design the optimal denitrification plant.


Action 2. Organic matter prospection for in situ groundwater denitrification. COMPLETED

This action aims at selecting the best organic carbon source to enhance groundwater in situ denitrification for this case study. The selection of the organic substrate is a crucial point when implementing biological treatments, since it might directly affect the feasibility of the process. However, in order to select the appropriate substrate not only technical, but also economic and environmental criteria must be taken into account.


Action 3. Design of a model-based strategy for the pilot denitrification test. COMPLETED

Developed a decision making tool to describe the performance of the in situ bioremediation technology and to assist in the pilot plant design. This tool (IST –InSiTrate- tool) simulate the remediation process under different injection strategies and hydrogeological features to identify the optimal denitrification plant configuration. IST will be tested in this project with the aim to be widely used in other sites.


Action 4. Design and construction of the in situ denitrification pilot plant. COMPLETED

Design and construction of the in situ denitrification pilot plant at Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. Some of the existing wells (out of service nowadays) are used in this project together with newly drilled wells. The Town Council has kindly let the land for this project.


Action 5. Operation and assessment of the in situ denitrification pilot plant COMPLETED

The main goal of this action is teh operation of the in situ denitrification pilot plant and the evaluation its feasibility from the technical point of view and the sustainability from environmental and economic perspectives. The plant has been operating during two years since 2015.


 Action 6. Feasibility of the project on technical, environmental and economic criteria  COMPLETED

The main objective of this action was to evaluate the feasibility of the proposed in situ remediation technology for drinking water production from main strategic perspectives: technical and two pillars of sustainability: environmental and economical. The feasibility evaluation is important in order to determine the weaknesses and strengths of proposed objectives in comparison with alternative treatments.


Action 7. Public perception and social outreach. COMPLETED

The overall objective of this action is to foster uptake of this promising technology by analyzing the social context and involving key actors in the development of the technology.

To implement innovative technologies facing environmental pollution do normally require out-of-the-box-thinking and close collaboration of the research groups with the related stakeholders (technology providers, water utilities, water authorities, regulators, research institutions and the general public). Thus an adaptive, participative and integrated approach with the social context is needed.


Action 8. Technology extrapolation and up-scaling. COMPLETED

The technology extrapolation and up-scaling it has consisted identifying, characterising and selecting sites where the in situ denitrification technology can be extrapolated.


Action 9. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions. COMPLETED

Within this action several indicators will be created and monitored in order to establish the impact of the project from the technical and socio-economical points of views.


Action 10. Communication and dissemination actions. COMPLETED

The communication and dissemination plan has been structured in a series of tasks aimed at disseminating the development of the project and the results that are being obtained to the target audience.

Some tasks are devised for stakeholders that could benefit from the project's results while other tasks are designed as communication or information activities to the whole community, including a general audience.