Associate Research Unit on Potable Water Quality and Management
Theme (water, food, energy):
The Associated Research Unit on Potable Water Quality and Management aims at enhancing the quality of potable water sources (piped and complementary) to characterize the risk of exposure to physical, chemical and microbiological contaminants. And accordingly, propose management strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to such hazards, and the associated acute and chronic burden of disease. Enhancing the quality of the water supply is challenged by various factors relating to water quality monitoring, water treatment, and water management from sources, to distribution network to end-users taps. Water quality monitoring is highly deficient mostly due to the lack of resources (technical and financial) needed for implementing and sustaining such programs. As such, the quality of the water supply is not properly determined and accordingly, no interventions are planned to upgrade it through proper watershed management, planning and operating water treatment plants and managing water distribution networks. Per se, the use of the Water Quality Index (WQI) as a screening tool to evaluate water quality and accordingly, recommend proper water quality management strategies is being evaluated and validated.