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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.

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
Net EU contribution
€ 40 500,00
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
United Kingdom

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 40 500,00

Participants (14)

VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V BRNE
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Antoninska 548/1
601 90 Brno Stred

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Region
Jihovýchod Jihomoravský kraj
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 18 000,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 18 000,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft

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Region
West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 4 500,00
NV PWN WATERLEIDINGBEDRIJF NOORD-HOLLAND
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
Rijksweg 501
1991 AS Velserbroek

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland IJmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 27 000,00
DVGW DEUTSCHER VEREIN DES GAS- UNDWASSERFACHES - TECHNISCH-WISSENSCHAFTLICHER VEREIN EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Address
Josef Wirmer Strasse 1-3
53123 Bonn

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Bonn, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 4 500,00
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 4 500,00
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3a
46022 Valencia

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 4 500,00
STICHTING WATERNET
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Korte Ouderkerkerdijk 7
1096 AC Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00
KWR WATER BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein

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Region
West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 27 000,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 27 000,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter

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Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 18 000,00
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
Serbia
Net EU contribution
€ 36 000,00
Address
Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 73
11000 Belgrade

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Region
Србија - север Београдски регион Београдска област
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 36 000,00
JAVNO KOMUNALNO PREDUZECE VODOVOD IKANALIZACJA PANCHEVO
Serbia
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Address
Ul Oslobodenja 15
26000 Pancevo

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Region
Србија - север Регион Војводине Јужнобанатска област
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 18 000,00
CONSTRUCCIONES Y CANALIZACIONES CYCA SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Passeo De Les Germanies 81, Esc. A 8 24 Gandia
46000 Valencia

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (4)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

University of Cincinnati
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Cincinnati,ohio
45221-0222 Cincinnati

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Marine Street - Room 479 3100
80309-0572 Boulder Co

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Franklin Street 1111 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
660 S Mill Avenue Centerpoint 312
85281 Tempe

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00