Emerging Substances

To exchange knowledge on detection, modelling, risks and treatment options of new chemical and microbial pollution.

This knowledge will be used for tailored total water safety plans, based on operational and practical test cases. The CoP strives towards better water quality and safeguarding the reliability of water, fit for purpose.

Application references

Drinking water company uses surface water for the production of drinking water

Drinking water company uses surface water for the production of drinking water

A drinking water company uses surface water for the production of drinking water. At the local treatment plant the following pathogens have been observed in the source water: enteroviruses (rotavirus), Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium. The treatment plant uses conventional treatment (coagulation/sedimentation …
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Modeling pesticide runoff from urban hard surfaces and urban areas

Modeling pesticide runoff from urban hard surfaces and urban areas

Global urbanisation leads to worldwide increase of hard surfaces. Urban runoff can be a significant source of pesticides in urban water, due to the increasing fraction of urban hard surfaces and the frequent use of pesticides for urban weed and pest control. …
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Statutory QMRA in the Netherlands

Statutory QMRA in the Netherlands

About 40% of the drinking water in the Netherlands is produced from surface water from the rivers Rhine and Meuse. Both rivers flow through densely populated areas in Europe and receive most of the wastewater from these areas. The water companies use QMRA not only to show …
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Risk Assessment of the Water Reclamation Plant in Windhoek

Risk Assessment of the Water Reclamation Plant in Windhoek

Windhoek has since long reclaimed wastewater using multiple barriers to produce potable water. Obvious health risks involved, assessing risks using combination of QMRA and fault tree analysis. Evaluating if the extensive treatment is sufficient under severe conditions (scenarios). Pathogens such as Norovirus, …
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Relevance of Trace Organic Substances in the Stormwater Runoff of Berlin

Relevance of Trace Organic Substances in the Stormwater Runoff of Berlin

Rain water runoff is the largest untreated source of potentially high loads of trace organic substances discharged to urban surface waters. The project OgRe aimed to support Berlin’s strategy related to the reduction of trace organic contaminants by describing a first …
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More knowledge of possibly hazardous emerging contaminants

More knowledge of possibly hazardous emerging contaminants

In 2015 the European TAPES project concludes in a new Watershare tool: AbatES. The TAPES project has focused on the bundling and extension of knowledge on emerging substances: (new) contaminants that present a potential hazard to the environment, health and water quality. TAPES expanded international …
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Evaluating water supply alternatives in rural India

Evaluating water supply alternatives in rural India

Drinking water supply in rural India faces many challenges of quantity and quality. The government is investing in centralized surface water treatment systems, while the population still largely depends on local sources. A QMRA study was performed to assess the risks from the various …
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Transformation of Emerging Contaminants during Water Treatment Processes

Transformation of Emerging Contaminants during Water Treatment Processes

We have estimated any possible transformation of emerging contaminants (pharmaceutical, endocrine disrupting compounds, manufactured nanoparticles) and their toxicities during water treatment processes. In addition, we tried to develop an effective and optimal removal strategy for them. (funded by KIST)

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El Port de la Selva: Water reuse via aquifer recharge

El Port de la Selva: Water reuse via aquifer recharge

The DEMOWARE initiative is an FP7 EU research project which aims at demonstrating that water reuse is a competitive and safe water supply option. Demonstration takes place at nine existing and one greenfield site. Quantitative microbial risk assessment is used at …
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Reverse QMRA to design monitoring after contamination event

Reverse QMRA to design monitoring after contamination event

Bank filtration provides an excellent barrier against pathogens. However in this case contamination of the bank filtration well field occurred due to construction failure of some wells. The water supply from this well field was stopped immediately and safe water was supplied from …
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CONCEPT CLEANTECH PLAYGROUND

Cleantech playground: Evaluating decentralized treatment systems

Cleantech playground: Evaluating decentralized treatment systems

The Cleantech Playground (CTP) is a testing ground for innovative clean technologies in the Amsterdam city center which aims to (biological) cycle closure. The concept is first realized at De Ceuvel, breeding ground for creative entrepreneurs. Food production (partly under glass) is combined with …
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Advanced analytics for water quality

Advanced analytics and environmental fate of pharmaceuticals

UoB has developed advanced analytical techniques to detect pharmaceuticals, personal care products and illicit drugs in water. Our methods are able to detect chiral compounds and distinguish between the different stereo-isomers. This provides new information on the origin and fate of compounds, shows whether …
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