Decision support to minimize microbiological contaminants in drinking water
|SP SVERIGES TEKNISKA FORSKNINGSINSTITUT AB - SP Food and Bioscience, Göteborg
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2015 - February 2016
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The aim is to develop a decision support system for better microbiological quality and safety of drinking water, based on a proactive concept comprising detection, risk assessment and risk management. The goals of project stage 1 have been linked to identify what a decision support system intended for Swedish Drinking Water producers should consist of and suitable solutions for creating such a tool. Full goal fulfillment will be reached upon submitting an application for stage 2 of the project by August 2016.
Results and expected effects
The decision support system will serve as a useful tool to help drinking water producers to control measures that minimize the risk of pathogenic and quality-reducing microorganisms in drinking water. Our solution will aid drinking water producers to quickly act on microbial changes in untreated water, water under treatment and water in the distribution network by real-time communication that provides information on current microbial status coupled with appropriate corrective actions.
Approach and implementation
During project stage 1, interviews with stakeholders served to establish the necessary components of a decision support system. Discussions within the project group resulted in identification of suitable solutions to establish such a decision support system. Literature studies, monitoring of international efforts, experience from previous projects linked to handling of drinking water, microbiological sensors and practical experience in drinking water production among project team members contributed in establishing a comprehensive view of requirements to be met.