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Review of high-level disinfection practices in drinking water distribution systems in the EU member states: Development of a harmonised test to be used in the European Acceptance Scheme concerning CPDW

Project ID: EVK1-CT-2000-00052
Funded under: FP5-EESD

Abstract

The objectives of this research were first to complete a review of the use of high levels of disinfectants applied to water distribution systems in Europe, then to obtain experimental data concerning the migration rate under different disinfection conditions for a range of the representative CPDW commonly used in Europe and finally to give guidance to the regulators about the need to include a simulation of high levels of disinfection in the European Acceptance Scheme (EAS).

This report contains the review of current usage of disinfectants. In the majority of Member States (MS), high levels of chlorine are applied to CPDW in the water distribution systems, in order to prevent or to remove microbial contamination. Hydrogen peroxide is also used in response to environmental issues. Potassium permanganate is used inside buildings in some MS. Regulations or practical guidelines for disinfection procedures are available in most of the MS, mainly in public networks. Few MS have regulations for application inside building and in case of Legionella contamination.

Additional information

Authors: ASHWORTH J, Thames Water Utilities Limited, London (GB);VAN DER JAGT H, Kiwa N.V. Water Research, Nieuwegein (NL);HOEKSTRA E J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);RIGAL S, Centre de Recherche et de Contrôle des Eaux de Paris (FR);BENOLIEL M, Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres SA, Lisbon (PT);KLINGER J, Technologiezentrum für Wasser (TZW), Karlsruhe (DE);WAGNER I, Technologiezentrum für Wasser (TZW), Karlsruhe (DE);OTTAVIANI M, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20842 EN (2003), 51pp. Free of charge Available online from CPDW website: http://rea.ei.jrc.it/cpdweas/
Availability: Printed version available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200317142 / Last updated on: 2003-12-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
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