Accessing untapped water sources that are inaccessible, through desalination and removal of contaminants
Groundwater resources, like aquifers,
are an important source of freshwater
However, they are at risk of contamination either through changes to the landscape or as a result of human activities
Effective treatment of groundwater ensures a valuable resource can be used and safe drinking water is available.
Project Ô has developed ADV.ERT module to treat contaminated freshwater, including that from groundwater sources
It can be operated as a remote unit, independently of a water treatment plant to aid the sustainable recovery of an untapped water resource
This module has low investment and operational costs, and a low environmental impact. It can be used as part of a circular water economy by ensuring high quality water is returned to its source after use.
ADV.ERT module is an advanced, tertiary treatment, mobile plant
It has been designed to treat contaminated freshwater out of the reach of existing water treatment plants
It includes two technologies: nanofiltration (used to remove excess salts to create freshwater) and HiNaPEF (a Pulsed Electric Field technology to treat contamination from microorganisms and large molecule pollutions).
Relatively small dimensions
Mobile and operates independently of a water treatment plant, so it can be used directly at the water source
Low electrical energy consumption, which reduces costs and increases sustainability
Low investment and operational costs with a low environmental impact
Can be used to treat any water source with a variable level of contamination
ADV.ERT module was first installed in the Puglia region of Italy to aid use of an untapped but contaminated freshwater source
Overexploited and now abandoned wells in this region have been contaminated with seawater and certain microorganisms
However, they are too remote to be cost-effectively treated by existing water treatment plants. Using ADV.ERT module allows the water to be treated at the source and become an additional supply in this water scarce region.