Project Appreciation and Objectives
The detection of malicious and accidental contamination of drinking water supplies represents a significant challenge to the UK Water Industry, due to the size and complexity of supply systems, the large number of potential contaminants and the wide range of instrumentation available. On-line water quality monitoring systems are little used in the UK to proactively detect contamination of raw or treated water.
This project identified instrumentation available for on-line monitoring, and developed strategies to integrate this instrumentation with existing monitoring, to provide cost-effective protection against contamination events.
Benefits to Clients
- Identify: the viability and costs of monitoring strategies to protect against contamination;, and, the most cost-effective approaches for a defined situation.
- Effective planning of monitoring strategies.
- Facilitate discussions with regulators regarding the costs and benefits of on-line monitoring.
- Identified on-line instruments available for monitoring of raw water and drinking water supplies; assessed the potential advantages and implementation practicalities.
- Assessed the potential effectiveness of different monitoring approaches and how on-line measurements could best be integrated within the framework of emergency response procedures and laboratory analysis.
- Detailed review of instrumentation available;, practicalities for implementation; and, potential benefits and costs.
WRc has carried out many trials of instrumentation, both as formal evaluations against standards, and field tests to assess their merits in specific applications.