• A low-cost investment and easy-to-implement solution for improving PhC control in conventional wastewater treatment, while keeping operating costs to a minimum and maximising recovery of resources and energy eficiency;
  • Data on occurrence of PhCs in urban wastewaters, to be used in decision-support systems, such as risk assessment, and future EU policy and legislation on PhC limits in urban wastewater;
  • Innovation in methods/practices for improved PhC control in two CAS aeration regimes;
  • Operating strategies identified using benchmarking tools (performance indicators and indices) to deliver overall good performance of the WWTP with respect to water quality, energy and chemicals efficiency;
  • Chemical enhancement strategies using two new eco-friendly adsorbents (from local wastes) and two natural coagulants;
  • Development and validation of a procedure for PhC analysis in biological samples (clams);
  • Analytical monitoring of PhC accumulation in clams;
  • PhC analytical monitoring capacity-building of the consortium and the water sector (around 1000 samples analysed for 24 PhCs during a three-year period);
  • Cost-benefit analysis using innovative integrated approach based on four pillars:
    ⇒ engineering (operating data from two WWTPs);
    ⇒ environmental/economic impact (assessing the bioaccumulation of PhCs in clams - bioindicators species and a key resource in the Algarve);
    ⇒ health-related data (quantification of multidrug resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes, a major concern in pharmaceuticals);
    ⇒ social indicators and stakeholders’ attitudes towards PhC impact on environmental health, drinking water sources and water reuse projects (intangible costs and benefits).

Nuvem de categorias





  • A1 Coordination inter-labs

  • A2 Prototypes' engineering and rehabilitation (PT I.1) or construction (PT I.2, PT II)

  • A3 Site adaptation for the prototypes in case studies I & II

Actions Progress @ 30-Sep-2017


  • B1 Preparation of biological samples and wastewater samples for subsequent PhC analysis

  • B2 Quantitative analysis of PhCs by UPLC-MS/MS

  • B3 Preparation, characterization and testing of new adsorbents

  • B4 Chemical enhancement of current barriers at lab scale

  • B5 Pilot demonstration of the chemically enhanced treatment in case studies I & II

  • B6 Full-scale demonstration in case study I

  • B7 Full-scale demonstration in case study II

Actions Progress @ 30-Sep-2017


  • C1 Performance assessment of current and enhanced barriers in case studies I & II

  • C2 Assessment of PhCs’ accumulation in clams (Ria Formosa - Case Study II)

  • C3 Assessment of the bacteriological resistance in raw and treated wastewater

  • C4 Stakeholders panel perceptions

  • C5 Socio-economic impact of the project actions

Actions Progress @ 30-Sep-2017


  • D1 Communication and dissemination

Action Progress @ 30-Sep-2017


  • E1 Project management

  • E2 Monitoring and measurement of the project specific indicators

  • E3 Networking with other LIFE and/or non-LIFE projects

  • E4 After-life plan

Actions Progress @ 30-Sep-2017


LNEC - Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil (National Laboratory for Civil Engineering) is the largest Portuguese applied research institute in the field of civil engineering and related environmental areas, combining R&D with specialized consultancy and with general support to the industry. Founded in 1946, LNEC has large applied research experience, based on multidisciplinary approaches and multistakeholders’ R&DI projects, including broad consortia and strategic platforms, at European and international levels. LNEC is currently leading LIFE Impetus and LIFE Hymemb and participating in LIFE aWARE (Spain). LIFE Impetus engages 5 researchers from the Urban Water Division - Water Quality and Treatment Research Laboratory with vast experience in conventional and advanced treatment technologies, emerging contaminants, benchmarking treatment solutions towards energy efficiency and process effectiveness and reliability. Two researchers from the Town Planning Division address the evaluation of the social impact of large engineering projects and the perception of technological and natural “hazards".




Águas do Algarve, S.A. (AdA) is the concessionaire of the Multi-municipal Water Supply System and the Multi-municipal Sanitation System of Algarve for a period of 30 years. As an Affiliate of the Group Águas de Portugal, the company operates on a concessionary basis granted by the Portuguese State. The Multi-Municipal Sanitation System covers the operating area for the region’s sixteen municipalities, covering a total surface area of about 5.000 km2. It serves a resident population of 400.000 inhabitants, which triples in the summer. AdA runs 63 WWTPs, 164 wastewater pumping stations and 402 km of sewage interceptors. Annually, AdA Laboratory guarantees ~130.000 water analysis, from the Water and Sanitation Systems, in the areas of chemistry, microbiology and biology. The Laboratory is accredited by the standard ISO/IEC 17025, for ~190 parameters of water quality. Since the start of its activity, AdA develops applied research in the field of water and environment with several R&D institutions and has participated as associated beneficiary in several R&D projects under LIFE and FP7 programs and COST Actions.



EHS – Environment and Regional Development Consulting, Lda (EHS) is a consultancy company, based in Portugal. It was founded back in 2004, gathering the technical know-how and project management skills of a group of experienced consultants in the field of Environment and Regional Development. In the specific area of LIFE Impetus, EHS’s staff has over 20-year experience in the fields of Environmental Protection and Management, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Development, including water resources protection and wastewater treatment, in Portugal and abroad (e.g. United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Poland, Serbia, Croatia, Belgium, Algeria, Cape Vert), providing assistance to entities such as the European Commission, the Portuguese Ministry of Environment, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EUROFER – the European Steel Association, the Brisa holding (Portuguese private motorway operator), or the Tourism of Portugal.


The Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres, S.A. – EPAL is the largest water and wastewater company in Portugal. EPAL has a Water Quality Control Department (LAB) which includes the Drinking water and the Wastewater analysis departments. In the Water Quality Control Department an intensive accredited analysis of natural waters, drinking water and wastewater are performed, in the areas of chemistry, microbiology and biology. EPAL company manages 51 Water treatment plants, 206 water pumping stations, 694 water tanks and 5.777 km of water transport and distribution systems attending more than 3 million inhabitants of 70 municipalities. Moreover EPAL company manages 469 Wastewater treatment plants (including one of the largest Portuguese WWTP - Beirolas, LIFE Impetus demonstration case study), 521 wastewater pumping stations and 1.829 km of main sewage system, serving a population of 3 million inhabitants of 85 municipalities. EPAL’s team counts with several researchers and operational teams with a long experience in innovation and R&D activities, in partnership with other institutions, companies and Universities, in a wide range of subjects including development of analytical methods and implementation of management and simulation tools for optimizing WW treatment.



The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) is an education and research institution, which aims to promote the quality of the higher education and to develop competitive research units, both at a national and at an international level. FCUL offers 16 undergraduate programmes, conferring a 1st cycle degree, 15 2nd cycle degrees and two Integrated MSc programmes. In research, with more than two hundred on-going projects, research activities at the Faculty of Sciences are carried out in 20 Laboratories and Research Centres or Institutes embracing a variety of domains in Science and Technology. Many of these R&D activities are carried out in collaboration with international teams and are funded both at national and at European levels. Research activities are undertaken mainly in the following scientific fields: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Operations Research, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, and Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science and Informatics and Philosophy and History of Sciences. LIFE Impetus engages one professor and a Postdoc, both researchers from Centro de Química e Bioquímica (CQB), with expertise in the preparation of activated carbons from biomass residues and their testing for the removal of pharmaceuticals from aqueous media.



FFULisboa is a highly-regarded research-oriented institution in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Ranking first among the Schools of Pharmacy in Portugal, it provides programs of excellence in scientific and professional areas. FFULisboa hosts the Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), ranked by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) as Very Good that foster basic and translational research, at the interface biology / chemistry / pharmaceutics, based on the drug discovery and development paradigm. This R&D Unit has ca. 200 researchers, whose research is organized in scientific areas from molecular biology to medicinal chemistry, nanomedicines and pharmacological sciences, attracting extramural funding from FCT and industry. IMed.ULisboa provides innovative advanced training at postgraduate level. LIFE Impetus engages two professors which are also iMed.ULisboa researchers, with expertise in infectious diseases and antimicrobial agents, and in the implementation and validation of analytical methods for occurrence studies of organic compounds in water and biological matrices.



UAlg - Universidade do Algarve (University of Algarve) is a Portuguese public higher education institution located in the south of Portugal. UAlg has about 30 years and its scientific groundwork is developed around science and technology, earth and marine sciences, management and economy, social sciences and more recently health. UAlg participates in a significant number of research projects demonstrating a clear commitment towards R&D and innovative ideas that can be turned into products and services. Steered by international and inter-institutional networks with other universities, UAlg aims to foster innovation considering synergies as an opportunity to contribute to the excellence of UAlg. It has well-established research centers in several fields such as marine sciences playing a key role at a national level. CIMA is one of its research centers associated to Earth, Sea and Environmental Sciences. LIFE Impetus engages 1 professor / researcher from UAlg / CIMAwith 25 years of experience in environmental and marine assessment, participating in several projects devoted to water quality and/or contamination of waters and bivalves, particularly those from Ria Formosa.



Advisory  Council

The Advisory  Council will involve high rank technical staff at entities with relevant roles in the water sector in Portugal and leading researchers from Europe.

Stakeholders' Panel

The Stakeholders’ panel will include prominent national authorities and entities in the fields of water, health, environment and regional development, economy, statistics and demography.