Water Theme 1: Safe Water

Water quality and human health may be threatened by emerging pollutants, priority substances, endocrine disruptors and emerging risks such as pathogens (including antibiotic resistant bacteria and viruses), cyanotoxins and nanomaterials.

Key knowledge gaps remain concerning their environmental behaviour in surface water, treated waters and groundwater, and their impact on human health through the irrigation of crops, water supply, distribution and storage in rural or urban environments.

In addition, water quality and supply can be threatened by climate change, natural hazards and extreme events such as droughts and floods.

This thematic area will:

  • Provide a better understanding of the fate and behaviour of new or poorly understood contaminants and their impacts on water quality with a particular emphasis on drinking and bathing waters, and on ecosystems and human health.
  • Improve our resilience to climate change, extreme events and natural hazards. It will support the implementation and refinement of the relevant policies and also develop new tools and best practices in relation to water infrastructure and the prediction & management of natural hazards to ensure that economic investments in this area will result in the on-going availability and delivery of high quality water.
  • Develop a better understanding of the socio-economic aspects, governance and behavioural changes associated with this area, including impact of water charges on water consumption, as well as behavioural changes

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