An Integrated Project Funded by the European Commission under the Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems Thematic Priority Area.
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Contract Number: 018320
Project Cordinator: Dr. Theo van den Hoven KIWA Water Research
Project Duration: 1st January 2006 to 31st December 2010

Overall Approach

Eight activity Work Areas and a Work Area on project management have been defined to achieve the project aims.

Workarea 1 Workarea 5 Workarea 4 Workarea 2 Workarea 3 Workarea 7 Workarea 6 Workarea 6 Workarea 8 Workarea 8 Workarea 8 Workarea 8 Workarea 2 Workarea 2

Project Structure - Click on the different work areas to get detailed description of the indivudual tasks


The integrated approach to the design and operation of the water supply chain is addressed in WA1 Rethink the system, WA4 Risk Assessment and Risk Management and in WA6 Consumer Acceptance and Trust. WA1 Rethink the system will consider the capability of present water systems to cope with ongoing and future challenges; where are they future proof, where are they vulnerable? Adaptive strategies including new supply concepts and multi-scale systems, technologies and management options, will be developed to meet future requirements.

WA4 will develop an integrated framework for risk assessment and risk management for large and small supply systems, taking account of security issues. Consumer acceptance of new technologies and trust in the supplied water is a main driver for TECHNEAU and will be addressed in WA6. Emerging Technologies and monitoring tools will constitute the core of TECHNEAU and will be developed in WA2 Treatment technologies and WA3 Monitoring and control technologies. These WAs will identify research and further develop promising technologies fortreatment, monitoring and control fitting within the future supply systems and the adaptive strategies, defined in WA1. Modelling and improved operation of existing supply systems is the subject of WA5 Operation and maintenance. An essential part of this WA is the development of integrated computer models that enable to simulate and optimise supply systems with respect to water quality, costs, customer service level and environmental impact.Supply options, technologies and management practices thus developed will be integrated, demonstrated and validated in real life cases in WA7.


TECHNEAU, from the start, will disseminate deliverables to different end-users and train them through regional platforms, web based knowledge systems, training sessions and a web based decision support system which will provide access to capabilities of technologies and management practices researched in the different work areas.