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Protecting Water Resources from Mobile Trace Chemicals (PROMOTE)

Geplaatst 20 apr. 2017 12:53 door Administrator MilieuChemTox

Protecting Water Resources from Mobile Trace Chemicals (PROMOTE) is a research project under the European Union Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World”

Highly polar and persistent organic micropollutants (persistent and mobile organic chemicals, PMOC) occurring in groundwater and surface water are of specific concern for drinking water production, since they break through natural and technical barriers. Additionally, PMOC are very challenging to analyze. Therefore, knowledge about the occurrence of PMOC in water cycles is scarce, which presents a threat for the protection of drinking water resources. PROMOTE focuses on PMOC and aims at closing the significant knowledge gaps with respect to: (a) trace analytical methods for screening and quantitative determination of PMOC in groundwater and surface water, (b) occurrence and levels of PMOC in source water used for drinking water production, (c) environmental emissions, (d) clean-up strategies in the drinking water production. Based on the expected results, PROMOTE strives to develop recommendations with respect to chemical regulation (REACH) and water quality monitoring (WFD watch list).

Last year PROMOTE published a feature paper in Environmental Science & Technology titled "Mind the Gap: Persistent and Mobile Organic Compounds—Water Contaminants That Slip Through", which was selected by the journal as one of the three best feature papers of 2016 (see

Abstract: The discharge of persistent and mobile organic chemicals (PMOCs) into the aquatic environment is a threat to the quality of our water resources. PMOCs are highly polar (mobile in water) and can pass through wastewater treatment plants, subsurface environments and potentially also drinking water treatment processes. While a few such compounds are known, we infer that their number is actually much larger. This Feature highlights the issue of PMOCs from an environmental perspective and assesses the gaps that appear to exist in terms of analysis, monitoring, water treatment and regulation. On this basis we elaborate strategies on how to narrow these gaps with the intention to better protect our water resources.

The whole paper can be find via: