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Water, environment and health

The main objective consists of studying the water supply, use and treatment in the broad and diverse context of the participating institutions, with a view to provide solutions to the problems of water quality and its effects on the environment, as well as on the population’s health.


Basically, the topics studied are as follows:


  • Basins, gradients and rivers: anthropogenic impact, waste water discharge and waste water treated
  • waste water, treatments and specific contributions
  • water and health: microbiological and virus-based polluting substances, their control, problems and proposals to deal with the different kinds of waters studied
  • water and health ; chemical polluting substances, their detection and analytical control
  • water and environment: educating society to a sustainable use of hydric resources educating society to a responsible use of water as a common good that must be sustainable, correctly distributed, universally available, and comply with health standards, given that water waste is ethically unacceptable.


Three strands have been favoured:


  • water and environment
  • water, society and health
  • water and training for a responsible use


The project in the news :


  • Interview on the radio by Prof. Claudia Campos

  • Article in the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana newspaper
  • Article in the « Pesquisa » magazine
  • Interview on the internet by Prof. Maribel Martínez


Dr. Adriana Welter,

Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Córdoba, Argentina)

Dr. Carlos Mello Garcias,

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Curitiba, Brazil)

Dr. María Claudia Campos Pinilla,

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia)

Dr. Arminda Saconi Messias,

Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil)

Dr. Betina Blochtein,

Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Dr. Adriana Beatriz Welter,

Universidad Católica de Córdoba (Córdoba, Argentina)


Scientific consultant:

Dr. Miquel Gassiot Matas,

Instituto Químico de Sarrià-Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain)




  • E-book Water management in South America. State of the art of hydric resources in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia (only available in Spanish)
  • Leaflet to promote responsible use of water (only available in Spanish)
  • School handbook (only available in Portuguese)
  • Facebook page (in Portuguese)
  • Photos of the III International Seminar on Urban Environmental Sustainability (October 30rd, 2014, Curitiba, Brazil)
  • Scientific publication with main research results (available soon).
  • Booklet to promote responsible use of water within society  (available soon in Spanish and Portuguese).