Chemical and Biological (CB) Risks to Drinking Water

Chemical and Biological (CB) Risks to Drinking Water

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Challenge

Today’s organisational structures, scientific methods and regulatory frameworks concerning drinking water quality are designed for long term decision making and not for immediate response in case of an incident. Therefore, several tools have been recently developed to identify the water quality in the event of an incident. However, there are several factors which influence the performance of these tools and there is no EU standard approach available which sets out parameters for an overall assessment.

Focus of work

Focus of the Thematic Group is harmonizing the testing methodologies of innovative real-time alarm systems, which help to prevent or mitigate damage caused by drinking water contamination. The work concentrates on three dimensions in particular:

  • The use of innovative techniques (probes, sensors, etc.) and enabling technologies for online measurement of the water quality in drinking water distribution networks.
  • Rapid identification and quantification of chemical and biological contaminations in drinking water.

The work programme - Main deliverables

The current work programme identifies 3 deliverables:

  • Practical Guidelines of the Requirements of Continuous On Line Water Quality Monitoring System in Drinking Water Supply Systems
  • Report on analytical tools and methodologies to quickly identify the nature of chemical or biological contamination
  • A European-level guidance document aimed at water utility operators recommending the requirements for production of a water security plan that would address the security aspects in drinking water supply

  • Water Safety and Security Workshop 2016

    Improving coordination among science, policy-making and management/operation actors

    JRC and DG HOME co-organised the «Water Safety and Security» workshop at the occasion on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Groundwater Directive. The workshop aimed at improving the coordination of information exchange between policymakers, scientists and practitioners in the area of water safety and security. Synergies among the safety and security (research and policy) areas were proposed and discussed.

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    8-9 October 2018 Chemical and Biological (CB) Risks to Drinking Water Meeting

    Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:00 to Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 17:30
    Brussels, Belgium

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    2016 - Water Safety and Security Workshop

    12th December 2016, Brussels

    JRC and DG HOME co-organised the «Water Safety and Security» workshop at the occasion on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Groundwater Directive.
    The workshop aimed at improving the coordination of information exchange between policymakers, scientists and practitioners in the area of water safety and security. Synergies among the safety and security (research and policy) areas were proposed and discussed. This joint initiative gave the opportunity for the ERNCIP “Drinking Water” TG to present proposals for a Water Security Plan for validation by the stakeholders, including inter-alia: