TAPES – Transnational Action Program on Emerging Substances

Leading organisations:
Waternet (NL), Waterschap de Dommel (NL), KWR Watercycle Research Institute (NL), Delft University (NL), VITO (BE), De Watergroep (BE), Erftverband (DE), Technologie Zentrum Wasser (DE), Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (CH), and Cranfield University (UK)


Geographic Area:
British Isles Central Europe Western Europe


The ultimate aim of the project was to demonstrate that by unlocking the potential of regional available knowledge and expertise on water on a water cycle basis , the safety and quality of the public water systems with regard to emerging substances can be guaranteed against significant lower overall investment cost.

Target audience:
General Public, Local governments, National/Local decision and policy makers, Scientists, Staff of wastewater treatment plants, Waste/water treatment providers, and Water/waste service providers

Area of interest:
Occurrence of pharmaceuticals in the environment, Risks to ecosystems, Risks to human health, Wastewater, and Water treatment technologies


Bringing together existing and newly generated knowledge on sources of emerging substances (sources), fate of emerging substances in the small water cycle involving water sources, drinking water and waste water (pathways) and on the potential impact on human health and the aquatic environment (receptors).

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HCWH Europe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the European Commission (EC)’s LIFE+ programme, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) Germany, and the German Environment Agency (UBA). HCWH Europe is solely responsible for the content of this project and related materials. The views expressed do not reflect the official views of the EC, BMU, or UBA.