Review of technologies for the rapid detection of chemical and biological contaminants in drinking water

Folder: Chemical and Biological (CB) Risks to Drinking Water
Publication date: 
Monday, June 22, 2020

This review, developed within the framework of guidance for the production of a water security plan, aims to help water utilities, laboratories and other stakeholders improve their capacities to analyse and identify unknown contaminants in drinking water. An explanation of sampling procedures in emergency situations is given, followed by a proposed approach to the use of non-targeted technologies to determine both toxicity and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels. A toxicity analysis quickly detects toxic chemical contaminants, while measuring the ATP gives a first indication of any contamination by microorganisms.

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