WATCH Water Catchment Areas: Tools for management and control of hazardous compounds.
| Country: EU Projects
| Start Date:
Project Type: RTD
| Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2000-00059
| Organisation Type:
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Tools and procedures
Contaminated land-->Site investigation-->Methods
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Monitoring overview
Groundwater protection-->Monitoring-->Sampling techniques
| Project objectives:
In the WATCH project in situ on-line sensors for hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater will be designed, constructed and optimised by field tests at involved
end users. Rapid, robust, cheap and sensitive on site immunoassay testkits for BTEX, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) and ETBE (ethyl tert-butyl ether) will
be designed and tested.
A target compound database for environmental degradation behaviour, inhibiting and stimulating effects will provide a basis for signal assessment and
decision/early warning concepts.
The sensor and early warning system will be installed and tested at sites of the involved end users .
At the end of the project the following will be available:
An integrated early warning tool, including a risk management and reduction strategy, for contaminated sites and catchment areas.
In-situ sensors and rapid in field immunoassay testkits for target analytes.
In situ on-line sensors for general hydrocarbon pollution (including BTEX, MTBE and ETBE) in soil and groundwater will be deployed at contaminated sites owned
by end users within the consortium. Robust immunoassay kits for the target analytes will be designed and tested on-site. A target compound database for environmental
degradation behaviour, inhibiting and stimulating effects and ecotoxicological assessment will provide a basis for signal assessment and decision/management
support. The sensor and management system will be installed and tested at three sites of two end users in order to prove the early warning and management system.
Deliverables will include (1), an integrated management tool for catchment areas with contaminant sources, including a risk management and reduction strategy;
environmental impacts, economical and socio-economical effects and (2), in-situ sensors and rapid in field immunoassay kits for target analytes.
| Achieved Objectives:
* Sub-surface near infrared reflectometer
sensor with associated data collection and
transmission capabilities for the online remote
identification of free-phase hydrocarbons
* Fully automated P&T-GC/MS method for the trace
analysis (ng/l-μg/l levels in water, μg/kg in
sediments) of MTBE, main degradation products
(TBA, TBF) and other oxygenated additives (ETBE,
* A competitive MTBE-enzyme linked immunoassay
testkit (ELISA) with a sensitivity of standards
down to 0.5-0.05 μg/l, and an application range
down to 500-50 μg/l
* An immuno-flow through and a magnetic bead
format assay with application ranges < 50 μg/l
are under development
* Elaboration of MTBE degradation pathways
including inhibiting and stimulating effects
* Integrated management protocol including a
conceptual model protocol and a remedial action
* Demonstration of project developments in two
case studies help to protect and sustain ground
water quantity and quality in Europe.
| Product Descriptions:
A range of downloadable reports
| Additional Information:
| Project Resources:
Water Catchment Areas: Tools for Management and Control of Hazardous Compounds
Occurrence of the gasoline oxygenate MTBE and BTEX compounds in groundwater in Catalonia (NE Spain)
| Funding Programme(s):
EC Framework Programme 5
| Link to Organisations:
Prof Paul Bardos
Who does what?
Professor Paul Bardos
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