On-line Seminar “Natural Radioactivity in Water for Human Consumption”

The seminar “Natural radioactivity in water for human consumption” is organized within the frame of the European project LIFE ALCHEMIA, financed by the LIFE program of the European Union. The aim of this project is the demonstration of alternative technologies for the removal of natural radioactivity contained in underground water used for human drinking, guaranteeing the observance of the current legislation and minimizing the generation of NORM residues (naturally occurring radiactive materials).

The seminar expects to emphasize the current problem related to the removal of natural radioactivity in drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) fed with underground water, as well as the management of NORM residues generated in theses facilities and the national legal requirements that their operators must fit.

The experience acquired during the running of different municipal DWTPs that use reverse osmosis filtration to remove natural radioactivity in some small villages in Almeria province (Spain) will be presented together with the results obtained during the running of the LIFE ALCHEMIA pilot plants in Spain and Almeria.

Programme of the on-line seminar

9:00 – 9:30 Opening act

9:30 – 10:00 “Natural radioactivity problem in Spain”. Mr ANTONIO BAEZA ESPASA (Technical Director of the Environmental Laboratory of the University of Extremadura).

10:00 – 10:30 “Legal requirements for underground water treatment facilities”. Ms. BEATRIZ ROBLES ATIENZA (Technician of the Natural Radiation Area of the Spanis Nuclear Safety Board).

10:30 – 11:00 “Management of NORM residues: water treatment facilities”. Mr. JUAN CARLOS MORA CAÑADAS (Environmental Department of CIEMAT).

11:00 – 11:30 “Acquired experience in the removal of natural radioactivity in small villages: LIFE ALCHEMIA project.” Mr. FRANCISCO JAVIER MARTÍNEZ RODRÍGUEZ (Hydraulics Infrastructure Service of Development, Environment and Water Area of the Almeria Regional Government).

11:30 – 12:00 Break

12:00 – 12:30 “Results of LIFE ALCHEMIA project, Estonia”. Ms. SIIRI SALUPERE (Researcher in the Science and Technology Faculty of the University of Tartu,Estonia) and Mr.JURI BOLOBAJEV (Researcher in the Materials and Technology Faculty of the Technological University of Tallinn, Estonia)

12:30 – 13:00 “Results of LIFE ALCHEMIA project, Spain”. Prof. JOSÉ LUIS CASAS LÓPEZ. (Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department and Researcher of the Solar Energy Researching Center of the University of Almería)

13:00 – 13:30 “LIFE ECOFRANULARWATER”. Mr. FRANCISCO JAVIER GARCÍA MARTÍNEZ (Manager of the Integral Water and Energy Cycle Service of the Granada Regional Government)

13:30 – 14:00 Discussion and Conclusion







Jun 17 2021


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