Faculty of Natural
Sciences
Comenius University in Bratislava

PROJECT INFO

PROJECT TEITEL

Improvement of health status of population of the Slovak Republic through drinking water re-carbonization

 

ACRONYMLIFE – WATER and HEALTH
PROJECT CODELIFE ENV/SK/0000 36
PROJECT LOCATIONmiddle of Slovakia
TOTAL BUDGET948 275 EUR
EU CONTRIBUTION 566 950 EUR
START01. september 2018
END31. december 2022
COORDINATING BENEFICIARYComenius University in Bratislava
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Mlynská dolina
Ilkovičová 6
842 15 Bratislava

SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The negative influence of drinking water with low Ca and Mg content on cardiovascular diseases (CVD) has been known since approximately the middle of the last century. This effect is best conceived by the familiar slogan of American scientist Schroeder: "soft water – hard vessels, hard water – soft vessels". Over the last 20 to 30 years, hundreds of scientific papers have been published that point to the negative impact of soft water (low Ca and Mg) on human health, mainly on increased incidence and mortality on CVD, oncological diseases, diabetes and the digestive tract. Based on the two previous projects under the LIFE + program (GEOHEALTH and LIFE FOR KRUPINA), it was confirmed that Ca and Mg in drinking water are the most important chemical elements for human health. With their increased content (Ca > 50 mg. l-1, Mg > 25 mg. l-1), people live in Slovakia longer (up to 4 – 5 years) and we observe reduced mortality rates for different diseases.

In this project, we will re-carbonize (increase the Ca and Mg content) drinking water in two water sources used to supply the population. Along with the monitored increase in Ca and Mg in drinking water, we will monitor the elasticity of vessels of the populations drinking water enriched with Ca and Mg and we will monitor their health status.

Project goal

The main objective of the project is to improve the health status of the population in two towns/villages of the Slovak Republic based on improved drinking water quality by re-carbonation.

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROJECT'S OBJECTIVES IS TO BE TAKEN INTO FORCE:

  • improving the quality (by increasing the Ca and Mg content) of low-mineralized (soft) drinking water,
  • the development and construction of two prototypes of technological equipment (re-carbonisation reactors) to increase Ca and Mg content in drinking water in two water sources used to supply the population with potable water,
  • installation and operation of two prototypes – re-carbonisation reactors, • selecting two water sources suitable for re-carbonation,
  • laboratory tests of carbonate rocks suitable for enrichment of Ca and Mg waters,
  • by determining the optimal Ca and Mg content in drinking water, the most favourable for human health by means of risk analysis,
  • implementation of biomonitoring to confirm improvement of population health status after increasing the quality of drinking water by increasing Ca and Mg content. 

PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS

NAME

FUNCTION

doc. RNDr. Stanislav RAPANT, DrSc.

Project manager

Mgr. Veronika CVEČKOVÁ, PhD.

Assistant of project manager, Coordinator for water sources

Mgr. Juraj MACEK, PhD.

Coordinator for health issues

Ing. Mária LETKOVIČOVÁ, CSc.

Senior biostatistician

prof. RNDr. Beáta STEHLÍKOVÁ, CSc.

Senior statistician

Ing. Jozef IVANIČ

Main technologist

prof. Ing. Ján DERCO, DrSc.

Senior constructor

prof. RNDr. Edgar HILLER, PhD./
doc. RNDr. Ján MILIČKA, CSc.

Coordinator for dissemination

Ing. Martin VRÁBEĽ

Junior constructor

doc. Ing. Jozef DUDÁŠ, PhD.

Designer

MUDr. Viktor KOSMOVSKÝ

Slovak hygienist

MUDR. František KOŽÍŠEK, CSc.

International hygienist

Mgr. Miriam MILÁČKOVÁ, PhD.

Financial manager

Mgr. Pavol ŠKOJEC

Coordinator for website

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

NAME

ORGANIZATION

RNDr. Zuzana VALOVIČOVÁ

Public Health Authority of the Slovak Republic

Ing. Elena MOLNÁROVÁ

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, Department of Environmental Programmes and Projects

MUDr. Viktor KOSMOVSKÝ

Regional Public Health Office Zvolen

Ing. Lenka LETAVAJOVÁ, PhD.

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, Department of water

Ing. Anna VAJÍČEKOVÁ, PhD.

Water Research Institute

RNDr. Ivan BARÁTH, CSc.

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, Department of Geology and Natural Resources

Doc. RNDr. Dávid KRČMÁR, PhD.

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Hydrogeology

Doc. RNDr. Stanislav RAPANT, DrSc.

Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Geochemistry

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