Water Health Assessment & Monitoring

Research Focus: Delivering technologies to monitor the presence of microbial and chemical pollutants (as well as their source) to improve source water quality management in small, rural and First Nations communities (SRCs). Microbial and chemical contamination of source waters are a serious risk to human health, and SRCs in particular struggle to manage vulnerable water sources while operating small or independent treatment and distribution systems.

Outputs: Accurate detection of microbial pollutants while tracking their source, along with in-line technologies that rapidly monitor pre- and post-processed waters that are either routinely or intermittently contaminated from one or more sources.

Impacts: These technologies will be transformative in their ability to instill confidence in the quality of water available in SRCs, and will provide critical information relevant to risk and vulnerability assessments of water supplies.