LIFE2Water - Verification and assessment of technologies for tertiary treatment of municipal wastewater

LIFE13 ENV/CZ/000475

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Contact details:

Contact person: Josef Šebek
Tel: 420541426072
Fax: 420541426012
Email: radka.pesoutova@aquaprocon.cz

Project description:


Scope exists to improve the effectiveness of conventional mechanical and biological wastewater treatment technologies in the Czech Republic. Risks currently arise from hazardous residues from pesticide compounds and medicinal substances, which can become an environmental pollutant and pose problems for human welfare. The threats can be reduced by using modern tertiary treatment systems. Such developments will help Czech municipal water authorities to meet EU standards for controlled substances, such as bisfenol, 17 alpha-ethinylestradiol (EE2), 17 beta-estradiol (E2) and diclofenac.


The main goal of the LIFE2Water project is to demonstrate opportunities for significantly improving the effluent standards from tertiary technologies used at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Three pilot plants will be built to test more effective tertiary technologies (micro-strainer filter/UV radiation, ultrafiltration and sonolysis of ozone). The pilot plants, which are located within municipal WWTPs, will carry out long-term tests to verify and optimise the new tertiary treatment technologies. Their efficacy will be demonstrated for the following pollutants: industrial substances (bisphenol A, nonylphenol and octylphenol and their metabolites); pesticides (atrazine and its metabolites, MCPA, MCPP, MCPB); pharmaceuticals (17α-ethinylestradiol, 17β-estradiol and its metabolites, diclofenac, carbamazepine, naproxen); and microbial contamination (faecal coliforms, enterococci and Escherichia coli) – minimum removal efficiency 200 cfu/100 ml.

The cost effectiveness of technologies will be calculated and used to inform guidance for municipal authorities in the selection of appropriate technology for tertiary treatment stages.

Awareness raising will also form an important aspect of the project. Relevant stakeholders will be brought together for the exchange of knowledge, sharing of experiences and to discuss best practice in the removal of hazardous substances and other pollution threats to the aquatic environments. The public will also receive new information about the relevance of improving pollution control systems.

Expected results:

  • Implementation of three new pilot plants demonstrating selected technologies for tertiary treatment of municipal wastewater on a pilot scale;
  • Demonstration and comparative evaluation (including cost effectiveness) of tertiary technologies using micro-strainer filter/UV radiation, ultrafiltration, and sonolysis of ozone; and
  • A set of optimal operational parameters produced for achieving a minimum removal rate of 99% for the priority substances and for the removal of microbial contamination (Fecal coliform bacteria, Enterococci and Escherichia coli) to 200 CFU/100 mL.



Environmental issues addressed:


Risk management - Pollutants reduction
Risk management - Industrial risks - Hazardous substances
Water - Waste water treatment


urban wastewater‚  water quality improvement‚  waste water treatment‚  industrial waste water‚  water quality‚  pollutant elimination‚  hazardous substance

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator AQUA PROCON s.r.o.
Type of organisation SME Small and medium sized enterprise
Description AQP is a design and engineering company specialised in the field of water supply, municipal sewage systems and wastewater treatment.
Partners BVK(Brnenské vodárny a kanalizace, a.s.), Czech Republic ALS(ALS Czech Republic, s.r.o.), Czech Republic


Project reference LIFE13 ENV/CZ/000475
Duration 01-SEP-2014 to 31-DEC -2017
Total budget 600,015.00 €
EU contribution 298,007.00 €
Project location Moravskoslezsko(Czech Cesko)


Read more:

Leaflet Project's general leaflet
Leaflet "LIFE2Water: Ověření a vyhodnocení technologií pro ...
Leaflet "LIFE2Water: Ověření a vyhodnocení technologií pro ...
Newsletter Newsletter 05/2015
Newsletter Newsletter 05/2016
Newsletter "Newsletter 12/2017: LIFE2Water: Ověření a vyhodno ...
Newsletter "Newsletter 04/2017: LIFE2Water: Ověření a vyhodno ...
Project web site Project's website
Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan (Czech version)
Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan
Publication: Layman report Layman report


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