Matrix, a shared challenge among:

Cetaqua, Water Technology Centre

Cetaqua is a water technology centre with a pioneering model of public-private collaboration that promotes the relationship between administration, university, and company. It has consolidated itself as a European reference in the application of scientific knowledge to water management and the environment with the creation of products and services that benefit and add value to society.
The main lines of research focus on proposing R&D&I solutions to ensure the sustainability and efficiency of the water cycle, considering territorial needs.
Cetaqua is comprised of four centres that are independent but share strategies and work in collaboration.

Cetaqua Andalucía

Description. Cetaqua Andalucía was created in 2014 by Hidralia, the Universidad de Málaga (UMA) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Role in the LIFE Matrix project. Cetaqua Andalucía will take lead in the design of the MAR system, provide the technical expertise to the implementation, integration and validation of the Matrix solution, interpret the data and perform the modelling and generation of key MAR risk indicators. Also, will be responsible for the development of the business plan and will assess the replication and transferability of Matrix solution to other European areas.

Cetaqua Barcelona

Description. Cetaqua Barcelona was created in 2007 by Aigües de Barcelona, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Role in the LIFE Matrix project. Cetaqua Barcelona will perform the definition of the sanitation safety plans and microbiological and chemical risk assessment and will perform the environmental and economic assessment.


Description. Acosol is the public company belonging to the Western Costa del Sol Town Council Association (Benahavis, Benalmádena, Casares, Estepona, Fuengirola, Istán, Manilva, Marbella, Mijas, Ojén and Torremolinos) which manages the whole water cycle, within its geographic remit, as a vital and essential service for the area’s citizens, working to ensure provision of both water supply and sanitations.

Role in the LIFE Matrix project. ACOSOL will be in charge of the operation and maintenance of the pilot site and will be responsible of the construction of the MAR system along with the necessary water infrastructure needed.

Universidad de Málaga

Description. The University of Málaga (UMA) is a public university established in 1972. Its Centre of Hydrogeology (CEHIUMA) was created to respond to the growing demand for water and the existing problems, both in terms of quantity and quality, especially in Mediterranean countries. Researchers from CEHIUMA and the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME-CSIC) constitute the so called Associated Unit “Advanced Hydrogeological Studies”, by which a wide variety of hydrogeological investigations are developed at national and international scale.

Role in the LIFE Matrix project. Universidad de Málaga will provide the technical expertise to validate the hydrogeological characterization and design of the groundwater and soil monitoring network performing the impact assessment of MAR scheme on soil and groundwater quantitative and chemical status.

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