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Pharmaceutical residues in senior residences wastexaters: Risks, innovative analytical tools and sustainable treatment processes

Project SOE1/P1/F0173 supported by Interreg SUDOE Programme through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) : 1.177.875,64 €

July 2016- June 2019

Priority Axis 1: Research and innovation


  • Nowadays water pollution poses a major challenge, both at economic and social levels. Although the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires the control of certain substances classified as "priority pollutants" in the European countries, monitoring programs have shown a persistent and generalized contamination of surface waters due to other compounds designated as “emerging contaminants”, that are often refractory to conventional wastewater treatments.

  • To improve the quality of the aquatic environment, the Innovec'EAU project aims to conduct a study of the wastewater discharges of establishments for elderly people, especially retirement homes, located in the Southwest of Europe (SUDOE territory) , and to implement pilot technologies to treat and monitor drugs residues.
This project is part of a sustainable development strategy and it integrates environmental, sociological and economic issues.

  • These actions are facilitated with the engagement of institutions specialized in care for elderly people in the consortium as associated partners, more precisely SYNERPA (France), SCML (Portugal), L'Onada and Sant Joan de Deu (Spain), which are potential users of this technology.
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Date of update May 24, 2017