Control, treatment and reduction of microplastics and emerging pollutants in urban wastewater and in the cross-border coastal environment



Project aims to protect and preserve river, transitional and coastal water bodies

The BlueWWater project aims to protect and preserve river, transitional and coastal water bodies within the Cooperation Area by controlling and monitoring the emissions of microplastics and contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in the aquatic environment. Additionally, it seeks to assess the efficiency of the wastewater treatment systems in both regions. This project also aims to ensure the sustainable use of water resources, preserve the area’s biodiversity, and support.

BlueWWater will support the authorities in implementing European Community legislation on water quality (Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, and Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive 91/271/EEC, currently under revision) by developing and optimising analytical methods for detecting and monitoring pollutants. Likewise, it will assess the efficiency of the use of advanced treatment technologies in improving the treatment of urban waste, evaluate the potential reuse of treated water for agricultural irrigation, and develop tools to help assess the environmental risk of these pollutants.


The pollution caused by discharges of wastewater into rivers and coastal water bodies, and its impact on both the environment and human health, is a global problem that must be tackled with a comprehensive approach. To reduce the environmental risks associated with the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and microplastics, a common strategy must be drawn up, and effective cross-border cooperation must be established. Such efforts will lead to a reduction in the emission of these pollutants.

BlueWWater will continue the NOR-WATER project “Emerging pollutants in the waters of Galicia and Northern Portugal: new tools for risk management” – POCTEP 2014-2020 Program


The BlueWWater project has a holistic approach to address the challenge of pollution of transboundary water bodies.


11 partners from Galicia and the North of Portugal



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