Cluster 2 Summary
Cluster 2 includes WP 6, 7, 8 and 9. Cluster 2 basically concerns itself with the development of the targets identified in cluster 1 into viable tools suitable for use in the detection and characterization of pathogens in water or for source tracking. Because one of the most problematic issues in molecular detection of pathogens in water is sample preparation we have a separate WP (6) dedicated to improving sample preparation technologies. WP7 has the role of developing a portfolio of detection methods on different platforms suitable for different test beds (surface, ground, tap, processing water), laboratories (high, low tech) and water management systems (on-site, on-line measurement, large, small distribution systems). Because we are aware that some of the highest risk drinking water systems in Europe are very small supplies whose owners do not have the skills or resources to undertake complex or costly microbiological examinations, an important part of WP7 will be to develop low cost/ easy to use technologies. WP8 has the objective to develop bespoke systems that integrate technologies developed in WP6 and 7. WP9 has the responsibility of taking the technologies developed in cluster 2 and developing standard operating procedures and microbial standards suitable for use in service laboratories. In addition WP9 will undertake validation of the technologies by designing and managing appropriate external quality assurance schemes and supporting internal quality assurance though the provision of standards.