Reduction and assessment of antimicrobial resistance and emerging pollutants in natural-based water treatment systems




Research Project: 2021-06-01 - 2024-06-30
Total sum awarded: €839 033

The main goal of the REWA project is the strategic development and implementation of sustainable and cost-effective technologies for theremoval of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), metals, pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistancegenes (ARGs) from water. The scientific and technological aims are to demonstrate 1) new concept in surface water treatment based onstate-of-the-art methods (nanocomposites coagoflocculation and pathogens removal, photocatalysis oriented to visible light catalysts, andtailor-adapted sorbents), 2) sewage effluent polishing with biosorbents and carbon-based nanomaterials, 3) the use of biocoagulants formetal-rich effluents. The efficiencies of the treatment steps for removal of CECs and antibiotic resistance (ARGs, mobile genetic elements and bacteria) will be assessed. Mitigation of selection pressures for antibiotic resistance/co-selection potentials will be investigated. Specialattention will be given to the raising of awareness via various channels and to the education by developing training material including an elearningcourse. This project relates to “Theme 3 – Taking actions” by developing new approaches to combat antibiotic resistance in aquaticenvironments. REWA consortium brings together four RTDs and associate partners providing a multi-disciplinary approach with expertise onwater engineering, chemistry, materials’ synthesis and microbial ecology.

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  • Tiina Leiviskä, University of Oulu, Finland (Coordinator)
  • Kristian Koefoed Brandt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Partner)
  • Giora Rytwo, MIGAL- Galilee Research Institute, Israel (Partner)
  • Bice Martincigh, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Partner)