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Security and decontamination of drinking water distribution systems following a deliberate contamination

Objective

Vulnerability of drinking water distribution systems to deliberate attacks, which would have major public health, economic and psychosocial consequences, is one of the main issues of concern to regulatory agencies, and water utilities. Such a network appears very vulnerable and easy to contaminate through reservoirs, back-flow… The main objective of this proposal is to limit the impact on the population of safe water privation because of contaminated networks, and to launch an appropriate response for rapidly restoring the use of the network after a deliberate contamination. Questions that will be addressed for successful coordinated response of water utilities and regulatory agencies to contamination include: •Detection of unexpected changes in water quality which could be in relation with a deliberate contamination event, •Adaptation of known analytical methods to rapidly detect specific CBRN contaminants in water and in biofilms. •Localization of the point sources of contamination and subsequently the contaminated area allowing delimitation of the corrective actions. •Decontamination procedures (efficient and realistic) of the distribution system. •Controlling the efficacy of the corrective actions by analysing the water bulk and especially the pipe walls and the deposits. •Cases studies will give the chance for the practitioners to apply on site in real conditions the selected sensors, methods, remediation technologies… It is a unique occasion to test an emergency procedure on a complicated, inaccessible, and relatively fragile system, to evaluate its feasibility at field scale, and to evaluate the difficulty to apply corrective treatments to the huge water bulk generated by the neutralisation/extraction of contaminants. The SecurEau project will therefore contribute to the European scientific excellence, to the European competitiveness and to the fight against terrorism, in accordance with the guidelines set up by the EC in the last 5 years.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2007-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 770 890
Administrative Contact
Sylvain Fass (Dr.)

Participants (13)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 152 781
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Philippe Pieri (Mr.)
VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT RECHERCHE ET INNOVATION SNC
France
EU contribution
€ 827 805
Address
30 Rue Madeleine Vionnet
93300 Aubervilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karine Delabre (Dr.)
IWW RHEINISCH WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 611 690
Address
Moritzstrasse 26
45476 Mulheim An Der Ruhr
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Klaus-Dieter Neumann (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 780 616
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Richard Trowbridge (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 424 670
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luis F. Melo (Prof.)
RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 430 275
Address
Kalku Iela 1
1658 Riga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Talis Juhna (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 272 766
Address
Rue Pierre Gilles De Gennes 1
92761 Antony Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Olivier Piller (Dr.)
MONITORING SYSTEMS LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 114 500
Address
Down Road Unit 6A
PO8 OYT Waterlooville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cyril Ward Nugent (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 197 724
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Nicolas (Dr.)
AFFINITY WATER LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Tamblin Way
AL10 9EZ Hatfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Campbell (Mr.)
KELDA GROUP PLC

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Western House, Halifax Road
BD6 2SZ Bradford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John A Haley (Mr.)
SATEILYTURVAKESKUS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 349 834
Address
Laippatie 4
00880 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaana Mannonen (Ms.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 333 320
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaakko Penttinen