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WW1243

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BQ05 Wastewater

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BQ05-F04 Pollution Inventory estimator tool - update

The primary objective is to provide an updated and revised estimator tool to provide returns of suitable credibility to regulators at the expense of minimal time and effort by companies



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WW1226

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Waste Water Treatment and Sewerage

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Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

  1. The primary aim is to gain an understanding of the effect of various wastewater and bio-solids treatment options on AMR activity.

  2. The secondary aim is to determine what indicator methods and analytical techniques are most appropriate to use to determine the risk from resistant organisms and AMR material in wastewater, bio-solids and in the receiving environments, including river water used for potable water supply. We need to understand if the risk is best described by specific measures (bacteria, ARG) or if there are appropriate indicators that can be used as effective surrogates.

  3. It is also important for the water industry to understand the drivers that promote increased resistance in both our works and in the environment. Is the principal source of AMR in wastewater domestic inputs, or are there alternative/specific AMR sources and, if so, can we better target AMR reduction at source? Are the concentrations of antibiotic residues, and other contaminants such as heavy metals, typically found in sewage effluent and biosolids sufficient to exacerbate the spread of resistance? What is the relevance of the differing types of receiving environment into which wastewater effluent is released in terms of potential risk?



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Asset Health Analytics Platform for Water Mains and Sewers

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⦁    Create a database that can be used to transform the current UKWIR National Failure Database into an international open-innovation cloud platform for asset health analytics, focusing initially on water mains and sewers, but with the potential to extend to other water industry asset types.
⦁    a database of assets and their associated failure records, with all relevant attributes some of which are collected by companies but not currently included in the existing NFD.
⦁    a user-friendly process for water companies to upload their data 
⦁    a user portal to allow access to the data via:
⦁    modern, flexible reporting capabilities through which users can create, view and share highly visual and interactive analysis reports
⦁    a portfolio of analytical tools, including advanced statistical analysis, geospatial analysis, and machine learning, e.g. for the development of deterioration and failure prediction models 
⦁    facilities for download of subsets of the data in bulk

⦁    A data and analytics platform that will aid improving understanding of why assets fail 
⦁    A data and analytics platform that will help to improve understanding of both water and wastewater infrastructure the long-term performance of water mains and sewer materials and associated operational resilience and infrastructure risks 



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DW/13

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BQ04 Drinking water

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BQ - Achieving 100% compliance with drinking water standards at point of use by 2050? Taste and Odour: Methods of Detection

To provide the water industry with a quantitative method of measuring Taste and Odour

Problem

The taste & odour (T&O) of water supplied to customers affects their perception of the quality of that water. When Water Companies receive contacts from customers about T&O, it is often difficult to pin down the root cause and to rectify it. We need a better understanding of the causes of T&O and understand what causes the customer to react.

Customer sensitivity to T&O causing compounds varies widely, as it does for those investigating them. The current method of analysing T&O is qualitative and subjective; a taste panel based on a limited number of descriptors. At present, we only have analytical methods for a small proportion of T&O causing compounds.

Impact

Unless T&O can be accurately measured and understood the risk of performance commitment penalties increases. It also leads to reputational impacts and a high number of customer complaints. 

Project

This project forms part of UKWIR’s Big Question ‘How do we achieve 100% compliance with drinking water standards by 2050?’

 The project will improve our understanding of T&O by developing analytical methodologies and exploring the links between the molecular chemistry and the sensing that triggers customer contacts.



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DW13S

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BQ - Impact of sand biofilter reactor process conditions on the treatment of micropollutants, pharmaceuticals and personal care products (MPPCPs), with a focus on their stereochemistry and

To apply and develop the knowledge of biodegradation of organic micro-pollutants in sand biofilters and biologically active GAC (BGAC) within WTWs to advance the scientific understanding of the MPPCP transformation and reduction process within biological water treatments.