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Pilot units, treatability and innovation tests


You are faced with treatment, irrigation, agronomy, energy production problems ... not covered by usual technological solutions.

We are an independent and non-supplier partner, able to offer you the best technology available or to develop independently of any subsequent marketing.

We take charge of the design, construction, commissioning and carrying out of tests related to these pilot units.

Since 1991, IOWater has been supporting stakeholders in optimizing the operation of these services by relying on a multidisciplinary team specialized in the different water sectors: 120 permanent experts can accompany the stakeholders, operators and project owners in the design, testing and operation of their processes and technologies in the water sector.

IOWater abilities in terms of pilot units, innovation tests and treatability tests are particularly based on our material capabilities. Indeed, IOWater has a number of test units and equipment covering all the topics of the water and sanitation sector.


Some examples of projects

In order to respond to this situation, IOWater has provided independent expert assessment, adapted to the demand, to:

  • the International “Paper” Group by carrying out treatability tests (biological, chemical, ultrafiltration...) and provision of an activated sludge pilot unit;
  • the Callisto Company by conducting sludge dewatering tests;
  • “Electricité de France (French electricity company)” (EDF) through the realization of simulators to study the cooling of nuclear power plants, of water production units according to specific quality characteristics, supervision of a set of EDF cooling simulators, Sludge Thickening Unit, disinfection of plumes from cooling towers, raw water microfiltration pilot units with automatic washing, simulators for the study of the cooling of nuclear power plants, a validation platform of automatic analysis devices...
  • SMD3 by conducting leachate treatability testing;
  • the “Société Poitevine de Filtration” (Poitevin Filtration  Company) by developing a sludge thickening pilot unit;
  • the Creuse General Council by carrying out a pilot project to remineralize drinking water;
  • IRSTEA by the construction of a bench measuring water distribution under irrigation sprinklers;
  • Etc.


Laboratory test for the treatability of an industrial effluent   Pilot for anaerobic digestion of liquid effluents



IOWater skills and know-how

IOWarter has a unique know-how enabling it to implement these accompanying missions:


  • Regulatory framework;
  • Market study;
  • Bibliographic study (best available techniques, reference documents):
  • Inventory of research programs.


  • Sampling and analysis campaign;
  • Analytical methods;
  • Laboratory treatability test.



  • Feasibility study;
  • Specifications;
  • Design (descriptive, detailed techniques, plans...);
  • Ordering of materials, construction, delivery, reception;
  • Carrying out of tests (experimental protocols, carrying out and accompanying tests, interpretation of results).


  • Qualification, validation of the process;
  • Recommendations, areas for improvement and draft design, optimization of operations;
  • Communication;
  • Knowledge transfer;
  • Valuation of  research and test results;
  • Training (see the training catalogues).




Start date End date Title of the project Continent Country Country
2018 2021 Prestation de mise à disposition d'un réseau expérimental équipé et formation à son utilisation - Projet "ROC" France, Europe France FR
2018 2021 TWIST Europe Espagne, France, Portugal ES, FR, PT
2018 2021 TWIST Europe Espagne, France, Portugal ES, FR, PT
2015 2015 Construction d’un banc de mesure de distribution d’eau sous des asperseurs d’irrigation - Société IRSTEA Site de MONTPELLIER France, Europe France FR
2015 2016 Journées "Recherche et Innovation Biogaz et méthanisation" Europe, France France FR
2014 2015 SEMIDE/EMWIS: PAWA (Pilot Arno Water Accounts) Europe Italie IT
2010 2013 Water Research to Market Europe Espagne, France, Pologne, Roumanie ES, FR, PL, RO
2009 2009 KINGDOM SAUDI ARABIA - Design and realization of 40 pedagogical kits and JCBU staff training implementation Mediterranean - Middle East Arabie Saoudite SA

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