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REAGRITECH

 
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The project REAGRITECH (Regeneration and reuse of runoff and drainage water in agricultural plots by combined naturally water treatment systems) was approved in the second half of 2012, under the 7th Framework Programme of the LIFE program, which is a financing instrument for supporting projects focused on conservation of nature and the environment, and will be implemented from January 2013 to December 2016.

 

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Email: info@reagritech.eu

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Agricultural practices have increased their performance so significantly through intensification of production methods, such as irrigated crops and the application of nitrogen fertilizers. The most significant impacts of these methods are water consumption and increased load of nutrients and pesticides into rivers and aquifers.

Between 50 and 80% of nitrogen present in the water is contributed by the runoff from the agriculture. This contamination has caused a sharp increase of nitrate vulnerable zones (detected nitrate concentrations above 50 mg  L-1). 41.4% of the territory of the EU27 has been declared as nitrate vulnerable zones (Eurostat, 2006).

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Photo Gallery - Sudanell, Bellvís and Vilanova de la Barca, Lleida (update 04/2016).

THE DECREASE IN WATER CONSUMPTION FOR AGRICULTURE AND THE MINIMIZATION OF THE IMPACTS THAT THE NITRATE VULNERABLE ZONES HAVE ON THE ENVIRONMENT ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF REAGRITECH PROJECT

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In order to minimize these impacts, a demonstrative pilot system (Figure 1) was designed combining two appropriate water treatment natural technologies: constructed wetlands and buffer strips, combination designed to optimize the efficiency for removing chemical pollutants from agricultural runoff.

To decrease the diffuse pollution from nitrate fertilizers a 100% of the treated effluent will be re-circulated in the constructed wetland; it will subsequently be reused for crop irrigation or incorporated into the riverbed or recharged the aquifer in the area. The combined treatment system will intend to reduce pollution from nitrates and pesticides in surface water and groundwater associated with agricultural activities, but also will bring benefits to the agriculture affected areas, as it will allow the recovery, restoration and expansion of the area occupied by riparian and aquatic ecosystems, thereby reducing eutrophication of surface waters, favoring the proliferation of native species.

The system will also allow the progress in improving the quality of surface and groundwater, of which have been declared vulnerable condition by Water Framework Directive (WFD ) with the primary objective to protect them.

THE DESIGN OBJECTIVE IS TO OBTAIN EFFLUENTS WITH A 95% REDUCTION OF THE ORGANIC POLLUTION (BDO5) AND A DECREASE OF 50 % IN THE NITROGEN CONTENT

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ADVANTAGES OF THIS DEMONSTRATIVE PROJECT

  1. Effective control diffuse pollution from runoff.
  2. Decrease of water and fertilizer consumption.
  3. Optimization of water resources within the supply system.
  4. Recovery of ecosystems degraded by human pressure.
  5. Reduction of costs for water treatment.
 
 
 







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The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability was established at the Technical University of Catalonia in 1996, with the purpose to develop an integrated system of research, education and documentation activities focused mainly on analysing the relationship between sustainability, technology and humanism. We provide an interdisciplinary space, critical and open to refocus technology towards sustainable development, to reduce imbalances and to strengthen diversity. Our group edit/publish specialized publications related to human sustainable development, such as the "International Journal of Sustainability, Technology and Humanism”, the magazine "Sustainable?" and different non-periodical books. Actually, the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability has specific agreements with five universities in Latin America, Tecnológico de Antioquia in Medellin (Colombia), the Federal University of Bahia in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi (UASLP) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico and the National University of Cordoba (Argentina), forming our new delegations or decentralized offices. The five Universities altogether constitute a powerful network, which allow an easy mobility of researchers and increase the possibility to find different funded projects.








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TYPSA
TYPSA provides technology and solutions which minimize the environmental impact of civil works. Leer Más...
TYPSA is a group of independent consulting engineering firms working as one in civil engineering, architecture, building technology, energy and the environment. TYPSA Group has always participated in the development of all types of infrastructure and facilities across both Spanish and international markets since its inception in 1966, contributing to better living conditions the world over.  



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Dr. Jordi Morató
Càtedra UNESCO de Sostenibilitat
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
EET- Campus Terrassa
C/Colom, 1
08222-TERRASSA
Barcelona (SPAIN)
 
Telf. : 937398660 – 616287243
Fax : 93 739 80 32
e-mail. jordi.morato@upc.edu
e-mail. info@reagritech.eu
  • Funder
    LIFE 11 ENV/ES/579
  • Scope of project
    Regeneration and reuse of runoff and drainage water in agricultural plots by combined natural water treatment systems
  • Completion date
    30/12/2016
  • Principal data
    LIFE EU Project. Parters: UNESCO Chair on Sustainability, TYPSA-TECNOMA, LEITAT.
  • Initial budget
    2,167,886€
  • Location
    Sudanell, Bellvis and Vilanova de la Barca. Lleida. Catalonia.

About the Program


REAGRITECH aims to demonstrate a method for recycling water resources at parcel scale, in order to optimize the resources for its best use in the ecosystem and therefore achieve a sustainable and integrated river basin, by improving the chemical characteristics of the reused water and, therefore improve the natural environment surrounding them.

 
UNESCO Chair on Sustainability