Research and development projects – details

Progress through research

Substance flow assessment in river basins

  • Establishment of reliable substance input inventories based on coherent monitoring strategies and model applications
  • Validation of substance inputs under consideration of water-internal substance turnover processes
  • Addressing relevant substance input pathways (nutrients, heavy metals, micropollutants)
  • Identification of mitigation strategies for contaminants in water

Anthropogenic micropollutants in the water cycle

  • Development of innovative monitoring strategies for recording of  micropollutant inputs from diffuse pathways
  • Design of automatised systems for monitoring of event-specific micropollutant inputs into water bodies
  • Measures for retention of micropollutants in residential and non-residential areas

Innovative monitoring strategies

  • Design of in-situ passive collectors for recording diffuse substance inputs from the landscape
  • Investigation of sediments in rivers with regard to habitat suitability

Near-natural wastewater tretment technique

  • Development of planning tools for dimensioning retention soil filters
  • Increasing the efficiency of retention soil filters through construction features
  • Optimisation of the performance of retention soil filters by improvement of the hydraulic feeding system

Advanced wastewater / stormwater treatment

  • Retention soil filter as 4th treatment step (RSFplus)
  • Elimination of heavy metals using the ion exchange process

Future water cities  (Blue City)

  • Intelligent systems for storage of water resources in urban areas
  • Hygiene relevance of alternative water sources in settlements

Water Re-use

  • Increasing the options for the use of alternative water sources through decentralised measures
  • Near-natural water treatment for the development of new utilisation options

Substances in the water cycle

  • Origin and fate of water pollutants
  • Degradation of substances in water bodies

Further development of water quality modelling

  • Administrative and technical support for users of the DWA water quality model
  • Optimization of the hygiene module in the DWA water quality model
  • Optimization of the iron module in the DWA water quality model

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