Water and Health Workshop

31st January 2018

Water and Health are linked not only by the potable quality of drinking water but also via risks associated
with exposure to aerosols and contaminated bathing waters. While drinking water production is closely
monitored in the UK, the complexities associated with water distribution systems (WDS), storage tanks and
air conditioning systems, together with the impact of hydraulic regime, can impact on the quality of the water
supply. This can be exacerbated by interactions with pipework, nutrients, treatment chemicals, and
processes associated with biofilm formation. In addition the EU 2006 Bathing Water Directive focuses
exclusively on microbiological parameters to determine the acceptability and quality of bathing waters. The
availability of new monitoring techniques facilitates a better understanding of potential problems and
improvements in tracking and control, leading to greater assurance of water quality.
In ensuring that the health of the nation is given priority, the EPSRC have identified a “Healthy Nation” as
one of their Prosperity Outcomes of the strategy and delivery plan up to 2020. The EPSRC identifies that the
development of new technologies materials will enhance our ability to predict, detect and treat disease.
Clean water and food are critical elements in ensuring a healthy nation, reducing the burden on the NHS.
The application of new sensing technologies along with more traditional approaches and the application of
connected systems can be used for the early detection of microbial pathogens and toxic chemicals, ensuring
the supply of clean water, free of waterborne disease, and contributing towards a healthy nation.
This workshop is jointly organised by RSC and SWIG. It will open with a keynote talk from Public Health
England giving an overview of waterborne disease followed by presentations from companies and
researchers showcasing the latest devices and sensor technologies that are able to rapidly detect
microbiological and related contaminants.


SWIG Chairman, Prof Richard Luxton, Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology,
University of the West of England (UWE).

Keynote: Waterborne Disease.
Prof Nigel Silman, Public Health England (PHE), Porton Down.

New Rapid Microbiological Techniques for the Detection of Legionella.
Elise Maynard, Water Management Society.

Novel Microbiological Monitoring Techniques for Water Quality.
Robert Pitchers, WRc Plc.

E.coli Detection at Remote Sites.
Dr Stephen Gundry, Brightwater Diagnostic.

Afternoon Session
Biofilms and Drinking Water Quality.
Dr Katherine Fish, Sheffield University.

The Application of Fluorescent Measurement in Water Monitoring.
James Sorensen, British Geological Survey.

Making the Most of Data to Benefit Public Health.
Steve Markham, Marquis & Lord.

Deckchair, Sun Cream, Bathing Water Test Kit - Screening bathing water quality at the point of use.
Ian Leahy, Palintest.

Downloadable Files

New Rapid Legionella Techniques
E Maynard
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New Monitoring Techniques
R Pitchers
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Biofilms and Drinking Water Quality
K Fish
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Making the Most of Data
S Markham
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