ESTAB Emerging Substances

Project title

Emerging Substances: Towards an Absolute Barrier

Project initiator

EUREKA Consortium:

Kompetenzentrum Wasser Berlin gGmbH

KWR Watercycle Research Institute B.V.

Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Pentair Water Process Technology B.V.

Oasen N.V.

Vitens N.V.

Rossmark Waterbehandeling B.V.

Epas N.V.

Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening

Project volume

15.000 € (work package KWB)

Project start



13 months


Together with BWB the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin was asked to join a Dutch and Belgian consortium applying for a EUREKA project on advanced drinking water treatment for the removal of trace organics after river bank filtration. The overall goal of the project is to establish a barrier for emerging trace substances during drinking water treatment by applying membrane filtration (NF, RO) and adsorption technologies after subsurface passage.

Since the validation of the pre-proposal in 2011 no opportunity has been identified to apply for national funding to finance a large study in Berlin, so a small scale project with internal funding only is proposed as minimum possible contribution to the consortium.

In the frame of this contribution, KWB will act as facilitator and technical support to set up a pilot NF unit at a drinking water production well operated by BWB in Berlin and ensure communication of the results to its shareholders. The goal of the project is to assess the potential of NF filtration as alternative technique in Berlin for trace organics removal in drinking water in addition to other positive effects such as desulfatation and softening under the aspect of high fouling potential (elevated DOC concentrations) and anoxic conditions. In addition, NASRI data on trace organics removal during subsurface passage will be used to develop a quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) model that may enable to predict the persistence of trace organic substances during bank filtration or artificial recharge. KWB will contribute with data mining and expertevaluation.


Dr. Gesche Grützmacher


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