TAPES developed a new platform to share knowledge, to exploit and develop new knowledge and experience for water authorities, water companies, managers of wastewater treatment plants, national and local government, and interested public. TAPES included technological pilots, demonstration projects and the development of a decision support system for investments in the water cycle. 

• The TAPES project contributed to a more cohesive EU-society because it is based on the cooperation of people from different countries to work on emerging threats to (drinking) water that helps improving the lives of citizens in Europe. 

• The TAPES project combined existing knowledge on emerging threats to drinking water from various countries and added the combined knowledge through an agreed common research effort. 

• New and often unknown threats to our water sources emerge every day. This complex problem is better addressed through a concerted action of experts from various countries. 

• New emerging substances come from e.g. human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, personal care products and life style products, use of pesticides and from industrial sources. 

• The TAPES project operated on the basis of the DDDID approach: design, develop, decide, implement and disseminate. 

• Key project activities were: bringing together existing and newly generated knowledge on sources of emerging substances (sources), fate of emerging substances in the small water cycle involving water sources, drinking water and waste water (pathways) and on the potential impact on human health and the aquatic environment (receptors). 

• The knowledge database is available through the internet and includes a Decision Support System on how to best deal with emerging substances. Start tool