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Cluster 3 Summary

Cluster 3 includes WPs 10, 11 and 12. These three WPs will develop and implement appropriate environmental monitoring programmes that use the technologies developed, standardised and validated in cluster 2. The three WPs cover each of the domains where we consider that the main value to public health of these technologies resides. WP 10 is concerned with large drinking water utilities and will include sampling of raw and treated water sourced from surface and ground waters and subject to different treatment regimes. WP 11 is concerned with small drinking water systems that are the source of drinking water for about 10% of the European population. It is these systems that carry the most risk to their consumers. WP12 is concerned with water used in food production.

WP10: Large systems – Pathogen detection in large scale water supplies across Europe. Active Months: January 2016 to January 2018


This WP aims to implement and test the potential use of developed platforms and analytical technologies, developed previously, for the monitoring of real water samples from large drinking water systems. 

  • To identify a suitable range of water supply systems from across Europe to provide a representative range of conditions.
  • To develop procedures for platform integration on these water supplies.
  • To obtain data on the occurrence of waterborne in these types of source waters.
  • To establish methods and tools for risk management in large water systems.


Del 10.1  Report on the selected DWTPs and distribution networks and control points for instrument installation. Confidential.

Del 10.2  Report on the selection of the newly developed tools and experimental plan. Confidential. 

Del 10.3  Report on the results of the analysis in the DWTP. (Oct 2017)

Del 10.4  Report on the results of the analysis in the distribution network. (Oct 2017)

Del 10.5  Report on the evaluation of data in comparison to “classical” data. (Dec 2017)

Del 10.6  Report and recommendations on the applicability of different tools in large systems. (Feb 2018)


WP11: Small Systems – Pathogen detection in small water supplies across Europe. Active Months - January 2016 to January 2018


  • Identify a suitable range of water small supply systems from across Europe to provide a representative range of conditions.
  • Develop procedures for platform integration on these water supplies.
  • Establish the acceptability and effectiveness of the developed platforms in monitoring water from very smallprivate supplies.
  • Evaluate the needs, perceptions, and experiences of potential and actual users of the technology with regards to it's routine use for monitoring small water supply systems.
  • Generate data on the presence of waterborne pathogens in small water systems in Europe for subsequent analysis in cluster 4.


Del 11.1  Implementation and training of partners in the use of the new technologies developed in previous WP.

Del 11.2  Determination of risk factors and problems associated with the small systems studied.

Del 11.3  Implementation of Pilot treatment stations in selected locations.

Del 11.4  Dissemination of the technology to routine water laboratories controlling small water systems.

Del 11.5  Report of the experience of users of the technology and their recommendations for implementation.

Del 11.6  Database on microbiological results, sanitary survey, health and environmental data for analysis.

Del 11.7  Report of user perceptions and expectations of technologies for rapid microbial analysis.

Del 11.8  Comparison of results obtained with technologies developed to those with standard methods.


WP12: Food production - Water used in food processing and bottled waters. Active Months: January 2016 to January 2018


  • Implement the technologies for assessment of irrigation water, processing of ready to eat fruit and vegetable products and bottled water.
  • Obtain knowledge of the occurrence and abundance of pathogens during processing activities.
  • Assess the use of results from the developed platforms to inform water quality management decisions.
  • Provide methods and tools to support control in the bottled water industry and for pre and post-harvestprocessing of fresh produce.



Del 12.1  List of risk factors associated with each of the industries examined.

Del 12.2  Sampling plan for each site, based on risk factors identified. 

Del 12.3  Suitability of novel technologies for determining irrigation, processing and bottled water quality.  

Del 12.4  Dissemination event on application of technology to the wider food industry.