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Smart water services: bridging the digital and the physical world

The workshop was the occasion for public discussion on the recently published ICT4Water Digital Single Market for Water Services Action Plan, for welcoming new members, and for listening key stakeholders’ views on digitalisation applied to the water sector.

The workshop “Smart water services: Bridging the digital and the physical world” has been jointly organised on 13 June by the European Commission and the European Water Technology Platform (WssTP) within the Water Innovation Europe in Brussels. 

Funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater treatment

How can we ensure that our water sources are clean and secure? What are the most sustainable ways of treating wastewater? How can we reduce the multiple environmental and socioeconomic impacts of wastewater management? What are the most innovative technologies to valorise sewage by-products?

The European Commission is organising a side event at the Porto Water Innovation Week on 26 September in Porto, Portugal. Register to learn about the latest wastewater treatment solutions co-financed through the EU's LIFE programme as well as upcoming funding opportunities.

Reducing waste when removing arsenic from drinking water

Plant regenerating the filtering medium

Arsenic occurs naturally in groundwater, and in tap water if it is not properly filtered. In large doses or after long-term exposure, this can affect people’s health.

“It occurs all over the world, particularly in India and Bangladesh,” says Daniele Ragazzon, technical coordinator at the Italian company Gruppo Zilio, which is behind the EU-funded project Regenera.

Groundwater all over the world may contain arsenic that affects people’s health. An Italian company is developing two plants that will produce and regenerate a filtering medium for arsenic that can be cleaned and used again, which is not so far the case.

23 new environment projects to be funded under Horizon 2020

The European Commission has selected 23 proposals for funding under Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge "Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials".

The new projects will receive an EU contribution of more than € 130.5 million. They were chosen from a total of 105 proposals which had been submitted by 21 April 2015 in reply to three calls for proposals under Horizon 2020 (H2020-SC5-WASTE-WATER-2015-one-Stage).

Evaluation panels of independent experts recommended funding:

Improving climate predictions for the water sector

A new Horizon 2020 project examining the impact of climate change on the water cycle in Europe just kicked off in Lisbon with EU Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas delivering a video message.

The BINGO project will analyse how average and extreme conditions of climate change scenarios, including floods and droughts, influence the water cycle. The focus will be on six regions across Europe – in Cyprus, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Spain. Based on this analysis BINGO will propose adaptation and risk-management strategies for decision- and policy-makers in the water-management sector.

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