International specialists in new chemical pollutants meet at Deltares

Published: 20 October 2014

Hundreds of specialists in new pollutants such as pharmaceuticals and health care products met at Deltares in Delft last week. They are all involved in the EU SOLUTIONS project, which brings together forty European research partners. During the course of the meeting, experiences and information were exchanged and the initial results of the project were discussed.

European water quality facing many problems

SOLUTIONS was launched by the EU because new sources of pollution such as pharmaceuticals and health care products may cause numerous problems for European water quality. Too little is still known about the chemical compounds used, and this is an obstacle to effective action. SOLUTIONS is intended to remedy this situation. Deltares is coordinating the water-quality modelling and providing software for the purposes of the research.

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Prevention and faster analysis

The main goal of SOLUTIONS is to produce better predictions of which substances will lead to problems in which conditions. Jos van Gils of Deltares: ‘Once we know that, we can draft sound guidelines to prevent the pollution. The aim with SOLUTIONS is to develop tools that will allow water management authorities to be pro-active. We also hope to develop tools that will enable those same authorities to make faster analyses when there is a problem, and in that way to prevent large-scale dissemination.’

SOLUTIONS was launched on 1 October 2013 and it will continue through to 1 October 2018.