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Posted by portugalpress on June 12, 2018

A project backed by Águas do Algarve, the region’s water authority, has been selected as one of the 22 best of the LIFE programme, the EU’s “financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects”.

Entitled Hymemb, the project was created to demonstrate the “feasibility and sustainability of advanced membrane processes for the treatment of drinking water, and to provide a safer and more resilient barrier against emerging contaminants, with lower environmental impacts”.

Representatives from the Algarve water authority and the national laboratory of civil engineers (LNEC) travelled to Brussels on May 23 to receive one of the LIFE awards.

“It is with great pride and satisfaction that we received this accolade,” spokesperson for AdA Teresa Fernandes said after the event.

In a statement, Águas do Algarve said that the project focused on an “innovative, cost-efficient and highly transferrable powdered activated carbon (PAC)/microfiltration (MF) technology for treating drinking water”.

“The prototype demonstration presented good operational results (high fluxes, high water recovery and long filtration time) and high water quality (in microbiological and physical-chemical parameters, including removing nearly all pharmaceuticals and pesticides), thus showing the huge potential of this technology for controlling emerging contaminants in drinking water,” it added.

AdA also said that the project can have many “socio-economic benefits”.

“For instance, business opportunities may arise, and the technology enables decentralised water treatment solutions with smaller distribution networks and cost savings,” it stressed, adding that the project also raised public awareness about water consumption, water saving, water quality and treatment technologies.

The project was implemented under “real-life conditions” at the Alcantarilha wastewater treatment plant.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

Photo: Joaquim Peres (left), president of Águas do Algarve, receiving the award in Brussels

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