| Project objectives:
The overall objective of ARTDEMO is to ensure viability of drinking water production based on AR of surface water. Traditionally AR plants are operated based
on measurements of wa-ter quality on a regular basis combined in many cases with real-time measurements of various flow-related parameters. However, water
quality of surface waters changes rapidly posing various operational problems due to the frequency and time lag in tra-ditional laboratory based quality
measurements. Consequently, the content of e.g. trace metals, microorganisms, and chemical contaminants can potentially be trans-ported right through
the system directly into the drinking water reservoirs or alternatively be accumulated in the aquifer creating long-term problems.
The ARTDEMO project will contribute to achievement of the overall objective by demonstrating management tools informed by advanced technology. Using
sophisti-cated surveillance, process control and early warning of contamination combined with development and implementation of operation schemes contamination
risks will de-crease considerably ensuring a stable and safe drinking water supply.
The provision of safe and high quality drinking water is essential and fundamental for having a high quality of life. However, the water resources in Europe
are threatened by various sources of contamination. In context of this increasing contaminant pres-sure, there is an increasing requirement to develop concepts
and technologies to create a basis for provision of safe and high quality drinking water.
Drinking water supply companies in Europe use well-proven technologies, which they are familiar with and know how to operate. At the same time, setting up
of new plants and implementing new technologies are costly in terms of human resources, technical R&D and investments, although it may be considered cheaper
and safer in a longer perspective. Due to this there is a barrier towards introducing new technologies into water supply. This project demonstrates management
tools that will reduce the barri-ers and show implementation of intelligent operation schemes as well as a way to enable companies and authorities to minimise
human impact by waterborne contami-nants by increased intelligent surveillance of drinking water resources.
The objective of the ARTDEMO project is to demonstrate a management tool for artificial recharge (AR) plants, that uses sophisticated monitoring systems
linking automatic real-time data acquisition, available on-line/at-line sensor systems and fast field analysis kits with intelligent decision support
software, which compile and communicate processed data to specific action protocols. The advanced technology will enhance the state-of-the-art in AR markedly
and extend the capacity of existing plants and general applicability of the technology, thereby ensuring a stable and safe drinking water production.