LIFE ALCHEMIA On-line seminar: 17 june 2021


On-line Seminar, 17th June 2021 (registration required).

The seminar “Natural radioactivity in water for human consumption” is organized within the frame of the European Project LIFE ALCHEMIA, financed by the LIFE Program of the European Union. The aim of this project is the demonstration of alternative technologies for the removal of natural radioactivity contained in underground water used for human drinking, guaranteeing the observance of the current legislation and minimizing the generation of NORM residues (naturally occurring radioactive materials).

The seminar expects to emphasize the current problem related to the removal of natural radioactivity in drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) fed with underground water, as well as the management of NORM residues generated in these facilities and the national legal requirements that their operators must fit.

The experience acquired during the running of different municipal DWTPs that use reverse osmosis filtration to remove natural radioactivity in some small villages in Almería province (Spain) will be presented together with the results obtained during the running of the LIFE ALCHEMIA pilot plants in Spain and Almería.

Other common problems related to the quality of underground water used for human drinking will be finally faced by presenting the LIFE ECOGRANULARWATER project, whose objective is the demonstration of innovative technologies based on biological methods to remove nitrates, phosphates, pesticides and other pollutants. 

This seminar is addressed to all professionals from areas related to the management of the urban water cycle and, especially, to the quality of water for human consumption: responsible staff for the design, building, running and maintenance of DWTPs; public employees and workers from enterprises that offer services related to urban water cycle; public positions with responsibilities in water feeding and environment areas; etc.

The participation in the seminar is FREE OF CHARGE and it will be held ON-LINE in SPANISH language.

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17th June 2021 – On-line seminar


09:00 - 09:30 | Opening act


09:30 - 10:00 | Natural radioactivity problem in drinking water in Spain

Mr. Antonio Baeza Espasa. Technical Director of the Environmental Laboratory of the University of Extremadura


10:00 - 10:30 | Legal requirements for underground water treatment facilities

Ms. Beatriz Robles Atienza. Technician of the Natural Radiation Area of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Board


10:30 - 11:00 | Management of NORM residues: water treatment facilities

Mr. Juan Carlos Mora Cañadas. Environmental Department of CIEMAT.


11:00 - 11:30 | Acquired experience in the removal of natural radioactivity in small villages: LIFE ALCHEMIA Project

Mr. Francisco Javier Martínez Rodríguez. Hydraulics Infrastructure Service of Development, Environment and Water Area of the Almería Regional Government.


11:30 - 12:00 | Break


12:00 - 12:30 | Results of LIFE ALCHEMIA Project (ESTONIA). (Simultaneous translation)

Ms. Siiri Salupere. Researcher in the Science and Technology Faculty of the University of Tartu (Estonia).

Mr. Juri Bolobajev. Researcher in the Materials and Technology Faculty of the Technological University of Tallinn (Estonia).


12:30 - 13:00 | Results of LIFE ALCHEMIA Project (SPAIN)

Prof. José Luis Casas López. Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department and Researcher of the Solar Energy Researching Center of the University of Almería.



Mr. Francisco Javier García Martínez. Manager of the Integral Water and Energy Cycle Service of the Granada Regional Government.


13:30 - 14:00 | Discussion and Conclusion

Speakers presentations

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01. La problemática de la radioactividad natural en las aguas de consumo en España

Antonio Baeza, LARUEX

02. Requerimientos legales de las instalaciones de tratamiento de aguas subterráneas

Beatriz Robles Atienza, CSN

03. Gestión de residuos NORM: instalaciones de tratamiento de aguas

Juan Carlos Mora Cañadas, CIEMAT

04. Experiencias adquiridas en la eliminación de radioactividad natural en pequeñas poblaciones: el proyecto LIFE ALCHEMIA

Fco. Javier Martínez Rodríguez, DIPALME

Isabel María Rodríguez, CIESOL

05. Results of LIFE ALCHEMIA project (Estonia)

Juri Bolobajev, PhD, Tallin University

06. Results of the LIFE ALCHEMIA project. Radionuclide removal in the HMO pilot plant in Viimsi, Estonia

Siiri Salupere, Tallin University

07. Resultados del proyecto LIFE ALCHEMIA (CIESOL/DIPALME)

José Luis Casas López, CIESOL


Javier García Martínez, Diputación Granada


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