Water is a diminishing resource where one out of every six persons does not have access to regular supply of safe drinking water (WHO, Water Fact sheet N°391, July 2014). Wastewater reuse will help conserve the freshwater reserves but needs prior treatment to control the pollution levels reaching the environment. The biological route of wastewater treatment is the activated sludge process where the microbial population, dominated by bacteria, bring about the degradation of organics, making the water less toxic and amenable to reuse. This project targets improvement of efficacy of degradation of industrial wastewater so it can be available for reuse. The target niche of this study is the activated biomass of an effluent treatment plant treating wastewater generated at a refinery in India. The inherent capacity of the microbial biomass of this target niche will be analyzed by metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. The knowledge generated will be used to develop treatment strategies that can improve degradative efficiency of the activated biomass.

ERA4CS, JPI Climate, European Commission, FCT, BMBF, DLR, MINECO


Total: 844.735€

CBMA: 205.308€

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, India

CBMA/University of Minho, Portugal

University of Tartu, Estonia