The LIFE PRISTINE project aims to develop an integrated solution to remove different contaminants of emerging concern from water. These substances, of different origin, chemical nature and generated by anthropogenic action, are a matter of growing concern due to the effects that their presence in the environment may cause on human and ecological health. The use of most of these substances is not yet regulated, partially because their presence is limited to very low concentrations that take current techniques to the limit of detection, making it difficult to take adequate measures to protect human health and the ecosystems.

LIFE PRISTINE, focuses on removing emerging contaminants such as PFAS, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, toxins, antibiotic resistance genes, and microplastics, in drinking and wastewater. For this, the project proposes a solution that integrates different technologies, including adsorption processes, membrane filtration, advanced oxidation processes and artificial intelligence tools, in order to eliminate at least 80% of contaminants of emerging concern in wastewater and drinking water, with a 30% operational improvement.


The LIFE PRISTINE project, coordinated by ACCIONA, is supported by the European Union through the LIFE Funding Program for the environment and climate action, and count on the participation of EURECAT, NX Filtration, Xylem Services and the Regional Entity for Wastewater Sanitation and Treatment in Murcia (ESAMUR), in addition to the support of the Bilbao Bizkaia Water Consortium (CABB). The project started in August 2022 and will last for 4 years.


The LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE PRISTINE project (with project number 101074430) is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.