Drinking waterThe 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


We attend CONAMA 2018

ECOGRANULARWATER Project attends to the National Environment Congress (CONAMA), obligatory appointment of the environment for cities, governments, NGOs, universities, companies and entrepreneurial agents.

The Provincial Council of Granada introduces the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project in the “X Symposium of Water in Andalusia” (SIAGA) in Huelva

The “X Symposium of Water in Andalusia” (SIAGA) took place in Huelva, from 24th to 27th of October, under the heading “Linked by the Water”, during which the Provincial Council of Granada, as the coordinating entity of the LIFE Ecogranularwater Project, presented the progress of the Project in the modality of Technical Communication and oral presentation.

Why study the groundwater of Torre-Cardela (Granada)?

Results of the hydrochemical characterization of the groundwater of Torre-Cardela to know the singularities of the waters to be treated with the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Pilot Plant.

It begins the construction of the full-scale plant for the purification of groundwater, polluted by nitrates, to be installed in Torre Cardela

Once the Laboratory Experimentation of the water treatment Plant has been carried out, the technical team of Construcciones OTERO SL and the research teams of both partner Universities, UGR (Spain) and  AALTO (Finland), have designed and dimensioned all the components that will make up the treatment plant on a real scale.

Exchange and cooperation Networks between LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project and others Water LIFE Projects

The LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER Project is carrying out the development of Networking activities – networking, exchange and cooperation – with other projects, mainly those co-financed by the LIFE Program and working or having worked on issues related to its scope of action: elimination of nitrates from surface and groundwater, innovative water purification techniques, improvement of the quality of aquatic ecosystems, techniques for the prevention of pollution by nitrates, etc.

Identification of the areas with the greatest potential of transferability and replicability of the new purification technology implemented by Ecogranularwater Life project

One of the main objectives of the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER project is to ensure the technology developed in Torre Cardela will be capable of being transferred to other municipalities and contributes to the purification of groundwater contaminated by nitrates from agricultural sources, with a lower cost than current systems and with a lower environmental impact.