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CP358  An Integrated Approach to Contamination Risk Monitoring
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.

Work programme

Phase 1:

  1. Identified on-line instruments available for monitoring of raw water and drinking water supplies; assessed the potential advantages and implementation practicalities.
  2. 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.
  3. Project Output

    • Detailed review of instrumentation available;, practicalities for implementation; and, potential benefits and costs.
    • <Related Work

      WRc has carried out many trials of instrumentation, both as formal evaluations against standards, and field tests to assess their merits in specific applications.

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