Title: Control and elimination of biological and chemical risks in the water cycle

Duration: 2021 - 2022



Project CLEAN-CM (Call REACT-UE) aims to study methodologies to assess and eliminate biological (with SARS-CoV-2 as a model) and chemical risks in different matrices (wastewater, reclaimed and groundwater).

General activities

  • Adaptation of water lines and their treatment to produce different matrices.
  • Technical assessment of conventional water treatment processes and those developed at IMDEA Water to eliminate biological and chemical risks.
  • Development of in situ monitoring protocols for biological and chemical pollutants.

Expected results

  • Scientific: creation of a database of the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater shared through the NORMAN network. Open science and dissemination activities to raise awareness about the impacts of pollutants of emerging concern and inform scientists, professionals, and policy makers about the research results.
  • Social: prevention of health crises caused by transmission outbreaks and increase of antibiotic resistance through applying R+D+I to society.
  • Economic: innovation-based growth by reaching a competitive position in the sector through synergies and collaboration with national and international institutions. Creation of employment and talent retention.


Action funded through the agreement between the Community of Madrid (Regional Board of Education, Universities, Science and Spokesperson´s Office) and the IMDEA Water Foundation for the direct granting of a grant of 1,135,000.00 euros to finance the performance of actions in the field of research on SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease financed with REACT-EU resources from the European Regional Development Fund.