Barcelona to protect bather’s health with Adasa technology
- This system shows how improving technology and interoperability can reduce pollution levels in water bodies.
- This success cases will boost the replication in other cities/regions to reduce the number and volume of CSOs in urban areas, and minimise the bathers’ health risks associated to quality of bathing waters.
iBathwater, an initiative funded by the EU's LIFE programme, uses Adasa aquaBio and an open software platform to coordinate tasks involved in operating sewage systems. Two monitoring sites have been set up in Barcelona, aiming to improve wastewater monitoring, treatment, and management in and around the city.
ADASA's solution for online microbiological water monitoring, aquaBio, collects data and detects concentrations of Escherichia Coli and enterococci through its optical measuring system, which is fully operational in fresh and saltwater.
The software's holistic design makes it possible to combine information from existing infrastructure with online measurements from water quality monitoring sensors.
Four more partners are collaborating in the project: Fundació Eurecat (project coordinator), Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Cicle de l'Aigua, SA and Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin GmbH. This partnership has facilitated the installation of other two monitoring sites in Sophienwerder and River Havel (Berlin), providing valuable data during two bathing seasons in years 2019 and 2020.
With technologies on their way to obtain environmental verification under the EU-ETV programme, iBathwater is providing success cases of implementation in order to boost the replication in other cities/regions to reduce the number and volume of CSOs in urban areas, and minimize the bathers’ health risks associated to quality of bathing waters.