Paniwater project

PANIWATER – Photo-irradiation and Adsorption based Novel Innovations for Water-treatment Project is a Water for our Environment Economy and Society Horizon 2020 funded programme.


Wastewater and drinking water in peri-urban and rural India is polluted by contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs) such as pesticides, pharmaceutical and personal care materials, or antibiotics. The EU-funded PANI WATER project aims to expand and confirm six prototypes that remove CECs and other pollutants from wastewater.

The project will be deployed on site and in relation with local stakeholders. In fact, PANIWATER puts a particular emphasis on understanding the social context in which the technologies will be potentially deployed and it will review possible social and health impacts to provide quality analyses.

It will also support wastewater treatment for the safe reuse of water in agriculture, in related industries and public water structures.

Start date 01/02/2019
End date 31/01/2023


About 2.1 Billion people live without access to safe water sources. Contaminants of Emerging Concerns (CECs) such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides and nanoparticles are increasingly being detected in wastewater and in drinking water around the world, in addition to geogenic pollutants, pathogens, antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes. Water treatment systems that remove CECs and common contaminants from wastewater and drinking water are therefore urgently needed.

PANIWATER will develop, deploy and validate in the field six prototypes for the removal of contaminants, including CECs, from wastewater and drinking water. The prototypes for wastewater treatment will consist in (i) a 20000 L/day multifunctional oxidation reactor, (ii) a 10 L/day photoelectrochemical system, and (iii) a 100 L/day solar photolytic plant.