Improving the efficiency of detecting and monitoring water pollutants to ensure safer drinking water

In line with the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change, the European Green Deal and supporting objectives of the Water Framework Directive, the EIP Water and the Water Blueprint Initiative, the research and innovation activities of the NIAGARA project are expected to make measurable contributions in medium-term to achieve the targets displayed below.

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NIAGARA will develop a comprehensive evidence-based understanding on how to identify, assess and prevent emerging drinking water pollutants and their combined effects for safe human and ecological use. NIAGARA will implement a combination of multi-analyte biosensors for water pollutants (BWP) for their monitoring, innovative removal strategies and forecasting models for real-time alert and risk assessment of their presence and spread.

NIAGARA protects drinking water quality from a holistic perspective: the enzymatic-based and advance oxidation for the removal of emerging and non-emerging pollutants are guaranteeing its preparation against extreme weather events and the consequent pollution of natural water bodies reaching drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs).

NIAGARA will develop an advanced and highly effective risk assessment, monitoring and risk management strategy, constituted by real-time alerts by BWP coupled with a hydraulic model, which will collect and integrate real-time data.

NIAGARA will integrate an efficient and cost-effective pre-treatment technology with an innovative, multi-analyte, ultrasensitive and cost-effective detection platform.

NIAGARA will develop a thorough evidence-based knowledge on the formation, presence, duration, and spread of DBPs deriving from the incomplete UV/TiO2 photo-oxidation.

NIAGARA will validate cost-effective and advanced-oxidation disinfection solutions for the removal of emerging and non-emerging pollutants. Based on this, NIAGARA will implement an effective communication, dissemination and exploitation plan coupled with policy recommendations for new risk assessment procedures that will contribute to a wider uptake of our circular technologies and procedures to improve drinking water quality.

NIAGARA will develop a stakeholder engagement strategy to ensure the engagement, inclusion and active participation of all relevant stakeholders and their diverse perspectives.

NIAGARA is directly focused on helping governments, policymakers and water utilities to improve drinking water management, reducing diffuse pollution including emerging and non-emerging contaminants. NIAGARA is expected to be a highly replicable project: it will contribute to improving the overall management of water networks facilitating not only the completion of regulatory obligations concerning water quality control but also reducing management costs and ensuring environmental protection. Open science practices will give a more accurate database and guidelines for future EU policies.