Wednesday 4 December 2019, 1pm GMT
Speaker: Dr Katherine Fish, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Sheffield
Chair: Professor Joby Boxall, Head of Department Water Infrastructure Engineering, University of Sheffield
Drinking water quality is intrinsically linked with public health, hence regulations are in place to safeguard water quality but these are focused on the bulk-water. Biofilms (microbial communities adhered to the pipe wall) within drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) and premise plumbing present an under-explored reservoir of microorganisms and associated particles, which can degrade water quality aesthetics or potentially cause water-borne illnesses.
This webinar will share some of the world-leading, interdisciplinary research being undertaken to explore the impact of environmental variation within drinking water pipes upon biofilm structure and behaviour, subsequently considering the different impacts they have on water quality.