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Potential of decentralized wastewater treatment for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, organic micropollutants, pathogens and viruses (PRESAGE)

Grant number: 20/15087-8
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: November 01, 2021 - October 31, 2024
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Sanitary Engineering - Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Convênio/Acordo: European Commission (Horizon 2020)
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Zaiat
Grantee:Marcelo Zaiat
Principal researcher abroad: Francisco Omil Prieto
Institution abroad: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Vida (USC), Spain
Host Institution: Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos (EESC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Alvaro José dos Santos Neto ; Juliano José Corbi ; Rogers Ribeiro


New approaches are needed to reduce emission of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). Some sources contribute strongly to such emissions, which has driven the focus of PRESAGE on innovative decentralized wastewater treatment (WWT). An integrated analysis of the behaviour of organic micropollutants (OMPs), antibiotic resistant microorganisms and genes (ARMs/ARGs), pathogens and viruses will be carried out. The contribution of such a complex mixture to the final effluent ecotoxicity will be assessed. The technologies will be validated at 4 demosites treating black and grey water, and effluents from hospitals and an antibiotic industry, in close collaboration with the industrial sector. Experts in the field of advanced WWT, microbiology and ecotoxicology will strongly cooperate and participate in a mobility plan focusing on complementary skills. (AU)

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