Six countries around the Baltic Sea are focus of a new Eu project aiming to reduce nutrient discharge into lakes and rivers with lead to the Baltic Sea.
The three year project starts at the end of this year with focus on emissions of phosphorous and various nitrogen compounds from septic tanks, sewage that from for example cabins and cottages which are not connected to the municipal treatment plants. We have many decentralized sewage, not only in Sweden but also in other countries around the Baltic Sea. These cause the current situation a significant source of the runoff with nutrient that lead to eutrophication and algal blooms in lakes and oceans, says project manager Linda Parkefelt. She works in Sweden Water Research AB in Lund, a research company formed by Sydvatten, VA South and Northwest Skåne's water and sewage. A handful of other Scanian actors are also involved in the project, including Sjöbo municipality, Kävlingeån Water Council and LU Open which is a unit within the University of industrial cooperation. The exact techniques and methods to reduce emissions of nutrients are not yet confirmed, says Linda Parkefelt. To explore options are part of the work.But it must be both environmentally and economically sustainable solutions as well as maintenance manageable for property owners, she says. There are a total of more than 25 project partners from Sweden, Finland, Poland and the Baltic states. The total budget is 34 million, of which the EU's INTERREG fund for the Baltic Sea accounts for three quarters. Participants from Lund University: Division of Water Resources Engineering LUOPEN