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Progetto Bloowater

Supporting tools for the integrated management of drinking water reservoirs contaminated by Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins

Funding type: 
National Programmes
29 March 2019 to 30 June 2023
ENEA role: 
ENEA Project Leader: 
Maria Sighicelli
Federica ColucciClaudia TrottaFrancesca Lecce

BLOOWATER project aims to produce informational resources for Public water supply and Agencies to prepare and respond to the risk of the cyanotoxins in drinking water.

Practically, the project proposes innovative technological solutions that are aimed to develop a methodological approach based on the integration of monitoring techniques and treatment of water affected by toxic blooms (multiple-barrier approach).

BLOOWATER will integrate innovative methodologies into a multisensor platform to improve water quality through the development of effective low-cost and functional measures into prompt and opportune intervention procedures for efficient and sustainable management of the water resource. 

The project BlooWater has the objective of developing innovative technological solutions and new methodologies to monitor and treat the lakes of Albano (Rome) and Castreccioni (Macerata) in Italy and Erken (north of Stockholm) and Mälaren in Sweden.

In addition to ENEA, Polytechnic University of the Marches, Uppsala University (Sweden) and  Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) take part in the project. As part of the project and by 2022, the researchers at the ENEA Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Laboratory, jointly with the other partners, have the task of developing monitoring systems for algal blooms through the integration of satellite and drone images, with analysis of water samples, forecasting models and early warning and decision support systems and innovative methods for the treatment of fresh water for drinking use.

 Video presentation: 

Giornata mondiale dell'acqua 2021 - Emegenze nei laghi italiani RAINEWS24 Int. M. Sighicelli