The LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project is a “Drinking water” project approved within the “Environment and Resource Efficiency” focus area of the 2016 Call of the LIFE Programme.

It aims to demonstrate the efficiency of technology based on biological methods for the removal of nitrates, phosphates, pesticides and other pollutants from groundwater supplies for human consumption. The project proposes a low-cost technology solution for municipalities affected by this environmental problem.

The project will be implemented by a partnership integrated by the University of Granada (Spain), Aalto University (Finland), Construcciones Otero Company (Spain) and the Provincial Council of Granada (Spain), which acts as partnership coordinator.

The proposed technology will be installed in the municipality of Torre Cardela (Granada province), where high levels of nitrate concentration have been detected in the groundwater supply. At current, a reverse osmosis system is being used in compliance with the RD 140/2003, which establishes the health criteria for the quality of water used for human consumption, as well as Drinking Water Directive 98/83/UE and Directive 2013/39/UE, (amending Directives 2000/60/UE, Water Framework Directive, and 2008/15/UE priority substances in water policy). The project will be developed between the 1st of September 2017 and the 31st of October 2020.

Water bodies pollution by nitrates and other pollutants are mainly caused by excessive or inadequate use of fertilizers and plant-protection products in agriculture. Between 2011 and 2015 two of the partners of this project (Granada University and Provincial Council of Granada), together with two local companies (Paisajes del Sur and Bonterra Ibérica) carried out the EUTROMED LIFE project. Among others actions, preventive measures aimed to the optimization of nitrogen fertilization by the farmers were developed. The objective was to avoid nitrate pollution in water bodies. In this way, the Provincial Council of Granada has been working through new projects supported by the Network of Municipalities from Granada Province towards sustainability. More info at


NETWORKING: LIFE MCUBO – minimize the environmental impact related to water management in the food industry

One of the challenges of the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER project is to be able to transfer the technology proposed in the project to sectors other than the supply of drinking water to the population. One of these sectors is the food industry, which may sometimes be affected by the use of water polluted by nitrates and other substances.

Pilot plant starts testing phase at Torre Cardela

The installation of the pilot plant in Torre Cardela has made it possible to put it into operation. It will be in the testing phase for an extended period of time to check that the process is working successfully and under biosafety conditions.

Don’t miss the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project Presentation Video

You can now enjoy the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project Video Presentation in which the academic, business and institutional partners of the Project present the Technology and application that the Project pursues.

First tests for the start-up of the purification plant

On Friday 8th February, the first tests for the start-up of the demonstration plant proposed in the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER project were carried out in the workshop of the company Construcciones Otero. Representatives of three of the partners were present at this crucial moment of the project.

What is the opinion of the population about the Municipal Water Services?

As part of the economic-environmental study, which is doing in the framework of the ECOGRANULARWATER Project, a survey was passed among the citizens of Torre Cardela. The fieldwork was carried out between December 2018 and January 2019. The person in charge of interviewing the population, went through all the dwellings in the municipality. On a population of 759 inhabitants, information was collected from 468 residents.

Full-scale Purification Plant is already built

The first phase of the water purification pilot plant with biological methods has been constructed at the Construcciones Otero’s facilities.
In the following weeks, it is expected to be installed in Torre Cardela.