INTCATCH will change the way current in which river and lake water monitoring is implemented. The project will accomplish this by developing efficient, user friendly water monitoring strategies and systems based on innovative technologies that will be able to provide real time data for important parameters. The new business model will transform water governance by facilitating sustainable water quality management by community groups and NGOs using a decision support system and eco-innovative technologies. The INTCATCH systems will be implemented and validated in the urban London and rural Great Ouse rivers in the UK and in Lake Garda (Italy) and will be demonstrated in Lake Yliki (Greece) and in River Tier (Spain).

Technological innovation in water quality monitoring

INTCATCH will deliver technological innovation in water quality monitoring to take on the challenges highlighted:

  • Autonomous and radio controlled boats to provide better access and coverage of waterbodies 
  • Innovative Sensors make monitoring easier and cheaper for ‘non-experts’ to do, and do 'more effective monitoring for less’ 
  • Next Generation DNA test kits provide faster, better results 
  • Innovative Treatment systems – for combined sewer outflows 
  • Decision Support System optimizes the water quality monitoring strategies and, ultimately, the management of the water bodies via measures in River Basin Plans 
  • Cloud based geo referenced data management solutions to support sharing with whole community and raising alerts in time to take action to protect end users/uses. 

The business model and value proposition

INTCATCH will package tools and IT in a managed way to enable ‘customers’ to take up the INTCATCH Monitoring System as a franchised business. INTCATCH businesses will be established in relevant River Basin Districts to supplement or in some cases replace competent authority monitoring. This will increase the involvement of stakeholders and use of citizen science, while also reducing the carbon footprint and costs of monitoring activities, to help achieve good status of water bodies in Europe by 2027. INTCATCH will also support networks of experts to share knowledge and expertise in catchment management, and will provide expert investigation teams for problem catchments.
The first cycle of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (2009 - 2012) had a total cost of at least €120 billion. Many water bodies are still not meeting their environmental objectives. This is acting as a barrier to sustainable growth and improving quality of water surface. At the same time, a significant amount of resources is devoted to sampling and laboratory analyses. The INTCATCH systems shall significantly reduce such resources and will upgrade the monitoring services.

The INTCATCH consortium has been awarded €7.5M to deliver smart solutions towards water monitoring and decision making. The consortium is Brunel University (Mark Scrimshaw). The consortium consists of 20 partners from Europe, consisting of Universities, research institutes, SMEs, large companies, Regional and Water authorities and NGOs. The project starts on June 2016 and will have a total duration of 44 months.