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Water Quality in Drinking Water Distribution Systems.

Objective

Safe drinking water is paramount for the health and wellbeing of all populations. Unsafe drinking water can contain pathogenic microorganisms and/or chemicals that can make people immediately unwell or can potentially cause serious illness over prolonged exposures. Within the EU, water is extracted from surface and groundwater sources and treated to comply with EU drinking water standards under the Water Framework Directive and Drinking Water Directive. The water is then circulated through the drinking water distribution system (DWDS). During travel within the DWDS, water quality can deteriorate due to microbiological growth, chemical reactions, interactions with ageing and deteriorating infrastructure, and through maintenance and repair activities.

Water utilities within the EU are administered at the local level, i.e. city or county region and while they adhere to the overarching EU directives governing quality, they can choose their own treatment protocols, maintenance procedures and hydraulic operations. Some DWDS actions such as flushing may serve to improve water quality, however, these can also adversely impact the drinking water system and cause instances of poor water quality or disease outbreaks.

We propose to bridge the gap between science and practice, involving water utilities and researchers from multiple locations across Europe along with third-country expertise, to examine DWDS operational practices and use scientific research approaches to better understand the water quality impact of different interventions to develop a suite of best practices which can be shared to ensure that the EU’s water remains clean and safe. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary, cross sectoral consortium to address various aspects of DWDS practices including flushing, chlorination and system maintenance.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 40 500

Participants (14)

VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Antoninska 548/1
601 90 Brno Stred
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NV PWN WATERLEIDINGBEDRIJF NOORD-HOLLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Rijksweg 501
1991 AS Velserbroek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DVGW DEUTSCHER VEREIN DES GAS- UND WASSERFACHES - TECHNISCH-WISSENSCHAFTLICHER VEREIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
Josef Wirmer Strasse 1 - 3
53123 Bonn
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 4 500
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WATERNET
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Korte Ouderkerkerdijk 7
1096 AC Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
KWR WATER B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73
11000 Belgrade
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
JAVNO KOMUNALNO PREDUZECE VODOVOD IKANALIZACJA PANCHEVO
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Ul Oslobodenja 15
26000 Pancevo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONSTRUCCIONES Y CANALIZACIONES CYCA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Passeo De Les Germanies 81, Esc. A 8 24 Gandia
46000 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (4)

University of Cincinnati
United States
Address
Cincinnati,ohio
45221-0222 Cincinnati
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
United States
Address
Marine Street - Room 479 3100
80309-0572 Boulder Co
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Address
Franklin Street 1111, 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS
United States
Address
660 S Mill Avenue Centerpoint 312
85281 Tempe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments