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Water & Health Workshop

January 31


Approximately 60% of our body is water which is vital for our bodies to function. We have come to expect clean water for drinking and for our daily living and to maintain a health lifestyle. Clean water and healthy food are seen as critical elements in ensuring a healthy nation, reducing the burden on the NHS. Our health can be put at risk if our water supplies become polluted or contaminated with bacteria, toxins or other chemicals and heavy metals.

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.

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 preventing disease and ensuring the supply of clean water protecting the population from disease and contribute towards a healthy nation.

This workshop included 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 chemical contaminants.

A joint workshop held with the Water Science Forum Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chaired by: Richard Luxton, IBST, University of the West of England

Presentations can be downloaded in pdf format from the hyperlinks below:

  1. Keynote: Waterborne disease, Prof Nigel Silman, Public Health England (PHE), Porton Down
  2. New rapid microbiological techniques for the detection of Legionella. Elise Maynard, Water Management Society
  3. Novel Microbiological Monitoring Techniques for Water Quality. Robert Pitchers, WRc Plc
  4. E. coli detection in remote sites. Dr Stephen Gundry, Brightwater Diagnostic.
  5. Biofilms and Drinking Water Quality. Dr Katherine Fish, Sheffield University.
  6. The application of fluorescent measurement in water quality James Sorensen, British Geological Survey
  7. Making the Most of Data to Benefit Public Health. Steve Markham, Marquis & Lord.
  8. Deckchair, sun cream, bathing water test kit – screening bathing water quality at the point of use.
    Ian Leahy, Palintest




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