Wat-Qual is a Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project which will run for 2 years from 1st January 2018.

The Wat-Qual collaboration comprises 18 partners who are universities, research institutes and industry, where the researchers will be based for their secondments.

The primary research aim of Wat-Qual is to understand the impacts of DWDS flushing, chlorination, and maintenance/repair on drinking water quality across the diversity of practice in Europe, bringing together scientific and practical approaches to identify and disseminate best practice guidance and tools.

The research will be delivered under 7 Work Packages as follows:

WP1 Impacts of Flushing
WP2 Impacts of Chlorination
WP3 Impacts of Maintenance & Repair
WP4 Training
WP5 Dissemination
WP6 Project Management
WP7 Ethics

More specifically, the project objectives include:

  1. Explore factors such as distribution system configuration, hydraulic conditions, and flushing history that influence material accumulation and mobilisation in DWDS to support the advancement of modelling tools and techniques for flushing, considering requirements for practical implementation of flushing optimisation and the future design of networks that will not require flushing.
  2. Evaluate the factors that influence disinfectant residual concentrations, including source water quality, organic carbon, temperature, and hydraulics to advance modelling capabilities and to recommend best practices for maintaining the microbial safety of drinking water under chlorination and non-chlorination operating strategies.
  3. Understand the water quality implications of repair practices and pipe material selection so that best practice can be recommended.
  4. Train a variety of researchers from diverse backgrounds to understand both the fundamental scientific principles and the practical applications of DWDS water quality.
  5. Facilitate networking and knowledge sharing opportunities between research and industry, and between different countries in the EU.
  6. Develop a best practice guidance document and related tools that can be utilised by organisations including water utilities and maintenance companies throughout the EU and form a roadmap for future DWDS protocols and standards, thereby enhancing whole industry understanding from the bottom up.