This proposal is to validate and transfer to Thames Water Utilities (UK), a world-wide leader in the drinking water industry, a very innovative new technology for the rapid and ultra-sensitive detection of drinking water microbial contamination. This technology has the potential to reduce to under 3 hours the time it takes to get results of a test as compared to 24 H to 3 days with current techniques. In addition, the proposed method is more sensitive and more accurate.
The new approach proposed is based on proprietary technologies developed by Chemunex, Paris (France) and the University of Gent (Belgium). Before this very innovative technology can be put into routine operation in the drinking water industry, an extensive in-situ validation is required, which will be done at the large facilities of Thames Water Utilities.
Putting this new technology into routine operation in the field would result in a better protection of consumers against microbial contamination by waterborne pathogenic organisms, something of increasing concern to population and governments in the industrialised world.
Potential users of this new technology and related products are all drinking water distributors as well as regulatory agencies world-wide.