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2013/01 – A new environmental challenge the European project start Life-Reagritech

Events 16/6/2014
LEITAT
Summary
(English) The project addresses the problem of pollution and depletion of water resources produced by irrigated agriculture through the use of appropriate technologies combined system of natural treatment ( constructed wetlands and buffer strips ) in order to purify and reuse of the water in the system for farm irrigation .
 

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Start of the new UE project Life REAGRITECH, coordinated by the UNESCO Chair oN Sustainability of the UPC.

On 16 January at LEITAT – Technological Center in Terrassa, Barcelona. was the launch meeting REAGRITECH project, which is coordinated by the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability and has TYPSA participation, the second company Spain engineering .

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, the which is a financing instrument for support projects focused on conservation of nature and the environment, and will be implemented from January 2013 to December 2015.

The combined treatment system intended to reduce pollution from nitrates and pesticides in surface water and groundwater associated with agricultural activities, but also bring benefits to the area where you place the demonstration system, as it will allow the recovery, restoration and expansion of area occupied by riparian and aquatic ecosystems, thereby reducing eutrophication of surface waters, favoring the proliferation of native species.

Economically allow a reduction of production costs associated with irrigated crops in the plots in riparian areas near them, as well as treatment costs debugging, because it does not require new nutrient treatment facilities or pesticide disposal .

A future application of this experience in other basins with agricultural pressure, in areas vulnerable to nitrates or poor ecological status, allow 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.

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