RITA - urban water cycle ResIlient To pAndemics

Safe drinking water and sanitation are recognized as basic human rights by the United Nations. Pandemic events such as COVID-19 outbreak show us how important it is for human health, wellbeing, economy and the environment to provide drinking water to citizens in a safe, fair and reliable way, and to have efficient sanitation systems. This project will study data from COVID-19 pandemic to propose new measures, treatments and tools that will make the urban water cycle more resilient to future threatens and challenges. A multidisciplinary team of 15 researchers from 2 universities and 1 research centre will work together to i) increase water digitalisation as a tool to make drinking water systems more robust, ii) demonstrate new circular economy models and technologies in cities based on the potential water-energy-food-nexus and iii) study and model consumption patterns in households taking into account socioeconomic parameters. Results will be published in scientific journals and delivered in a joint final report for different audiences.


Principal Investigator: Dr Manel Poch


Additional Info

  • Start: 01/06/2021
  • Duration: 18 months
  • LEQUIA grant: 173.000 Euros
  • Funding organisation: AGAUR
  • Program: PANDÈMIES 2020
  • Reference: 2020PANDE00176

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Laboratory of Chemical and Enviromental Engineering

Institut de Medi Ambient
Universitat de Girona
Campus Montilivi
17003 Girona

Parc Científic i Tecnològic de la UdG
Edifici Jaume Casademont, Porta B
Pic de Peguera, 15
17003 Girona
Tel. +34 972 41 98 59




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