Building trust in target groups for ALUM treatment - an effective, yet misunderstood method for water quality improvement
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TRUST ALUM

PROGRAMME 2021-2027
priority
2 Water-smart societies
objective
2.1 Sustainable waters
Project type
Small Project
Implementation
August 2023 - July 2025
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TRUST ALUM

The project TRUST ALUM helps public authorities in the Baltic countries make better use of ALUM water treatment and improve water quality in lakes.
Project summary

This project tackles one of the greatest challenges to water management in the Baltic Sea Region – eutrophication, but more specifically historical phosphorous loads in lakes. Excessive algal blooms in eutrophic lakes decrease ecosystem services and have negative impacts on human health. Many lakes still suffer from phosphorous due to historically mistreated catchments. If not addressed, phosphorous hot spots will continue to eutrophicate the Baltic sea. We will build trust for the ALUM water treatment method that is able to combat eutrophication hot spots in the Baltic states rapidly and cost-effectively by providing long-lasting positive effects on lakes. ALUM method is widely used in water treatment, including our expertise partner Sweden which has more than 60 years of experience and ~250 positive application examples. Yet, ALUM has never been used in Baltic countries due to identified barriers: lack of know-how, skepticism about outcomes, belief it is too expensive, and fear of aluminum itself. ALUM is a safe method often mistaken as a chemical treatment while in reality, we are adding phosphorus-binding mineral that is commonly found on Earth to permanently capture phosphorous. The project will build trust in target groups and thus foster ALUM application on a wider scale through targeted activities: ALUM treatment demonstration, co-creation of missing supportive tools (technical regulations, recommendation, roadmap), and initiation of expertise linking hub.

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Budgets

TRUST ALUM
in numbers.
  • 0.50
    Million
    Total
  • 0.40
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway
25 Benefitting organisations 1 Solution(s) plannedfor use / upscale 14 Organisationsin the project

TRUST ALUM
in numbers.

  • 56.9918307868606324.085656093022223
  • 59.451931924.7176649
  • 56.94606029287146524.106828231775136
  • 59.858612617.6387436
  • 56.9654580953260324.103677831736455
  • 60.96666715.383333
  • 56.956822624.121796
  • 56.033607414.5779455
  • 54.898623623.925300841787475
Lead partnerLatvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
150,000.00
Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre (SEI Tallinn)
  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
  • Country
    Estonia
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
Total partner budget
32,480.00
Ministry of Environmental Protections and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia
  • Town
    Rīga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
13,440.00
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Town
    Uppsala
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Uppsala län
Total partner budget
52,452.40
State Environmental Service of the Republic of Latvia
  • Town
    Rīga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
19,999.00
Lake Restoration Sweden Incorporated
  • Town
    Rättvik
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Dalarnas län
Total partner budget
48,171.20
Riga City Council
  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
  • Country
    Latvia
  • Region
    Rīga
Total partner budget
11,200.00
Water resources Sweden
  • Town
    Sölvesborg
  • Region
  • Country
    Sweden
  • Region
    Blekinge län
Total partner budget
134,999.48
Environmental Center for Administration and Technology /ECAT
  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
  • Country
    Lithuania
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
Total partner budget
35,000.00

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    30
    November
    Latvian stakeholder event: introduction to the ALUM water treatment for lakes (in Latvian)
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Virtual Meeting
    30. November 2023
    10:00 - 11:00 (EET)
    30
    November
    Lithuanian stakeholder event: introduction to the ALUM water treatment for lakes (in Lithuanian and English)
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Virtual Meeting
    30. November 2023
    13:00 - 14:00 (EET)
    29
    November
    Estonian stakeholder event: introduction to the ALUM water treatment for lakes (in English)
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Virtual Meeting
    29. November 2023
    13:00 - 14:00 (EET)
    13-15
    November
    Swedish & Latvian partner meeting in Riga
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Physical Meeting
    13. - 15. November 2023
    11-12
    October
    International conference "Anthropogenic chemical pollution's impact on the Baltic Sea and its related ecosystems"
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    11. - 12. October 2023
    26-27
    September
    Project kick-off event
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Virtual Meeting & Physical Meeting
    26. - 27. September 2023
    06-07
    September
    Latvian stakeholder meetup and fish survey demonstration
    Project: TRUST ALUM
    Physical Meeting
    06. - 07. September 2023
    16:00 - 09:00 (CEST)

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