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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217976

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 481 814,73

  • EU contribution

    € 5 266 871

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE

France

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.
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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

VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT RECHERCHE ET INNOVATION SNC

France

EU Contribution

€ 827 805

IWW RHEINISCH WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSERFORSCHUNG GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 611 690

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 780 616

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 424 670

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 430 275

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 272 766

MONITORING SYSTEMS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 114 500

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 197 724

AFFINITY WATER LIMITED

United Kingdom

KELDA GROUP PLC

United Kingdom

SATEILYTURVAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 349 834

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 333 320

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 217976

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2009

  • End date

    31 January 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 481 814,73

  • EU contribution

    € 5 266 871

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE

France

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