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.
  • Citizens’ engagement and participation in sharing relevant observations.

The work programme - Main deliverables

The work programme identifies 6 reviews and 3 workshops/events as main deliverables:

  • Review of sensors to monitor water quality
  • Review of monitoring techniques for biological contaminants
  • Review of techniques used for biofilm detection
  • Alarm System Workshop
  • Innovation Boosting Event
  • Review of screening techniques and methods for rapid identification and quantification of unknown chemical contaminations
  • Review of methods for the rapid identification of pathogens in water samples
  • Workshop on collaboration between institutions in ad-hoc identification of contaminants in drinking water (emergency laboratory).

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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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: