The study of high-performance drinking water systems aims to improve the quality of water and decrease the environmental impact of its treatment.
One way of improving water quality is to reduce the organic matter content collected from the environment. Our aim is to work towards a threshold of 1 mg/liter of total organic carbon (TOC), that is, half the threshold set by European regulations. At the same time, we also aim keep the biodegradable organic fraction of the TOC below 0.01 mg/liter, as compliance with this threshold guarantees water maintains its quality throughout the distribution network.
Here, the aim is to make treatment performance more reliable, or in other words to improve the pollution treatment results, reduce energy consumption, make facilities more reliable, ensure long-term efficiency and, lastly, safeguard operation. With these aims in mind, the work performed by our company explores the possibilities provided by existing technology (physical-chemical, thermal, biological and membrane processes) while seeking to better understand the phenomena involved.
Our Water Research Center is developing tools and concepts to identify the factors leading to the formation and development of tastes and odors. Our work then focuses on improving the taste and odor characteristics of tap water by combining specific treatment methods to eliminate bad tastes and odors, or the underlying cause of their appearance.
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