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


The Water Research Institute of UGR has been present in the 46th IAH Congress, Málaga, the results of the hydrogeological study done in Torre Cardela (Granada)

The Hydrogeological Research team of the University of Granada contributes to the dissemination of the advances made, within the framework of the LIFE Project, with the exhibition of a Graphic Poster at the IAH-2019 Congress in Malaga “Groundwater management and governance”

The Department of Microbiology of the UGR presented the progress of the LIFE Project at the FEMS Congress in Glasgow and at the SEFIN Congress in Madrid

The University of Granada promotes the transfer of the LIFE Project in different National and International Scientific Congresses to establish relationships with other potential collaborators and disseminate the research carried out

VII Steering Committee of the LIFE Project ECOGRANULARWATER

The partners of the Project meet during the VII Steering Committee, in the middle of the Project, with the objective of evaluating the technological advances that the UGR and Construcciones OTERO SL are developing

Summary of Progress of the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project and the Monitoring of Activities

The LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project advances its results, which will be presented during the month of October on the occasion of the “First Technical Meeting on proposals for the purification of groundwater of nitrates and pesticides” in Granada.

The Department of Microbiology Environmental Techniques Research Group, University of Granada, presents the progress of the LIFE Project at the EWA Congress in Copenhagen

9th March, a specialized Workshop on Treatment Technologies for Water supply based on groundwater was held in Copenhagen, organized by the European Water Association EWA. During which Bárbara Muñóz-Palazón presented the results of the research carried out in the Department of Microbiology of the Research Group in Environmental Techniques of the UGR

Advance of the Study of the productive and non-productive activities of Andalusia, potential beneficiaries of the implementation of the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Technology

The work carried out so far has made it possible to identify how the water supply is distributed among business activities, households and municipal public services and where the largest beneficiaries are concentrated according to their water consumption.