Emerging contaminants have attracted the attention of the scientific community for many years and, more recently, also of regulatory bodies, both at the European and national levels. They constitute a broad category of chemical substances present in the environment at concentrations ranging from ng/l to µg/l, persistent and biologically active. The CASCADE Project aims to systematically remove emerging pollutants from textile wastewater. Limiting the use of these substances at the source to reduce their presence in the environment is a reasonable approach, a practice that some European and international textile companies are already voluntarily adopting. In the CASCADE project, two categories of emerging contaminants of great interest in the textile sector have been selected: poly- and perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), substances that have been extensively studied due to their impact on human health and the environment, and microplastics, whose origin is partly linked to the production cycle and degradation during the use of textile products containing synthetic fibers.



The intoDBP project is an EU-funded project that will develop, test, scale up and will validate and evaluate innovative tools and strategies to protect river basins and minimize human exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs) in current and future climates, without compromising disinfection effectiveness and which could be application on a global scale. The project will develop its transversal solutions on 4 complementary case studies (CS) including sites in Spain, Cyprus and Ireland, all of which have a current need to mitigate DBP contamination. However, the project's ambition is for DBP mitigation in Europe, beyond these CS sites. IntoDBP is committed to achieving EC goals by spreading the use of advanced, cost-effective transformative process disinfection.



The AWARE project aims to build the first European aquaponic system farm, at the Castellana Grotte site, Puglia, Italy, that uses reclaimed water with zero residues to produce fish and vegetables fit for human consumption. To establish a new business model for the economic exploitation of said value chain by lakeside, riverside, and urban communities. To provide a scientific evidence base to inform regulations while overcoming policy barriers for upscaling and commercialising this novel solution. The project is in line with the Farm to Fork Strategy of the European Green Deal aiming to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe Research
and Innovation Actions programme under grant agreement n° 101084245



The PANIWATER project addresses the theme of water as a common good and resource for the environment, society, and the economy. The project is part of the Horizon 2020 program (SC5-12-2018: EU-India cooperation). PANIWATER aims to develop, implement, and field-validate six prototypes for removing contaminants from wastewater and drinking water. These prototypes will be deployed in peri-urban and rural areas of India. Project partners will work closely with local communities, conduct water quality analyses, assess the health and social impact of the practice, and strive to promote the safe reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation and the preservation of drinking water sources.