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Assessment of biomass production potential of products in contact with drinking water

Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Abstract

In the framework of the European Acceptance Scheme for approval and certification of products in contacts with drinking water, the Biomass Production Potential (BPP) test for assessment the microbial growth support properties of these products has been harmonized, funded mainly by EC. The objectives of this study were to elucidate the BPP procedure and evaluate the growth promoting properties of selected pipe materials. The tested pipe materials showed large differences in their microbial growth support potential and the BPP values can be ranked: glass < Cu < SS < PP < PEx < PE < PVCp. The tested materials differed in the contribution of attached (biofilm) biomass to the total BPP. Materials characterized by a high BPP value and a relative lower ratio between attached biomass and total BPP have a higher potential to impair drinking water quality. A proportional relation between planktonic bacterial growth in the test water and the BPP of materials under study was drawn.

Additional information

Authors: TSVETANOVA Z, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT), Ispra (IT);HOEKSTRA EJ, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Ispra (IT), Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23089 EN (2008), 54 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23089 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23089-EN-C)
Record Number: 200910452 / Last updated on: 2009-10-12
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en