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The WaterProtect project ran from June 2017 until September 2020. It developed new solutions and tools in 7 Action labs where water pollution (nutrients and/or pesticides) from intensive agriculture may affect the quality of the water for drinking water production. WaterProtect relates to the Horizon 2020 Work Program under the topic ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ and addresses the Topic: Water farms – improving farming and supply of drinking water.

NMWE’s involvement

As a proud member of the consortium led by VITO, NMWE’s role in the project was to showcase some of its members’ best practices in the field of source protection. Indeed, natural mineral and spring water producers have long standing experience protecting the environment around their water sources to maintain the pristine qualities of their natural mineral waters and spring waters.

NMWE showcased the close cooperation maintained between farmers, local communities, NGOs and natural mineral or spring water producers to reduce point source and diffuse pollution at catchment scale.

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Polymark is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission that has developed a new technology which enables the identification and sorting of polymers, including PET, in the high-value plastics waste stream. The Polymark project aims to maximise the value from recycling and the re-use of PET as valuable resource, while meeting EU rules on the re-use of food contact and non-food contact PET. The technology that has been developed successfully distinguishes between food-contact plastics and non-food contact plastics in order to further optimise the high-value waste stream and ultimately increase a more valuable use of these materials.

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