The PURE project (Project on Urban Reduction of Eutrophication) improved the efficiency of phosphorus removal in the wastewater treatment plants of Belarus, Poland, Latvia and Estonia. The project was implemented with partial funding of the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme, and its participants included several water utilities of the Baltic area as well as the Union of the Baltic Cities (UBC). Through the project, the Foundation implemented technical surveys related to phosphorus removal and monitored the implementation of wastewater treatment plant investment. Moreover, the Foundation steered the subproject dedicated to sludge treatment. All PURE project investments were completed in September 2013, when the wastewater treatment plant of Brest deployed the first chemical phosphorus removal system in Belarus. After the closure of the PURE project, the Foundation continues to cooperate with the Brest water utility in order to improve the management system of the phosphorus removal process. The PURE project resulted in a reduction of 300–500 tonnes in the annual phosphorus load of the Baltic Sea.
2011 - 2012
(Annual phosphorus reduction in tonnes)
500 (PURE all target cities)
PURE was financed with partial funding from the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme, and its total budget was MEUR 3.2. The Foundation's budget in the project was 0,6 MEUR.
EU 80%, Ministry of the Environment 5%, JNF 15%
In 2011 – 2012, Jurmala invested in improving the efficiency of biological nutrient removal (PURE Project).