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Investigation of Health Effects Associated with Exposure to Indirect Potable Reuse Drinking Water

Funding body

Thames Water

Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Edwin Routledge
Co-investigator: Professor Susan Jobling
 

Project description

Historically, water management has been driven by human health concerns, followed by considerations of availability for supply. Over time, this has enabled the development of extensive and effective systems for clean water and wastewater. Given the increasing pressure for safe drinking water in the SE of England it is necessary to consider strategies for the future sustainability of safe drinking water which includes planned indirect potable reuse. In this approach, treated domestic sewage is taken directly for treatment into drinking water without having first entered a river or being abstracted to a reservoir. This project will investigate the potential health effects associated with consuming processed water using fish ecotoxicology approaches.