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NP038  Micro-organisms in Drinking Water, Health Significance Drinking Water Quality
To ensure that public health is not compromised, understanding the risks posed by existing and emerging pathogens is vital. UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) worked with WRcNSF and the Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) to provide an independent advisory service on the significance of existing and emerging pathogens which could pose a threat to water supplies.

A fundamental part of this work was the development of a microbiological database on 'Waterborne Micro-organisms and Emerging Pathogens'. The database was available to UKWIR members via the Internet . There was also a 24hr microbiological advisory service for UKWIR members, similar to the toxicological service illustrated on this web site in CP034.

This project:

  • Provided authoritative guidance on the health significance, fate and behaviour of micro-organisms in water supplies
  • Enabled Water Utilities and Regulators to respond timely and effectively to public concerns regarding the microbiological safety of drinking water.
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