Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing Our Response


Contamination of water supplies and the immediate availability of appropriate emergency responses to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) events which result in contaminated water are becoming increasingly relevant and significant issues in the water industry and in the wider world. Consequently, new strategies and technologies are being constantly evolved and refined by leading experts in the field in order to achieve rapid and effective responses to water contamination events. Water ...

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Contamination of water supplies and the immediate availability of appropriate emergency responses to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) events which result in contaminated water are becoming increasingly relevant and significant issues in the water industry and in the wider world. Consequently, new strategies and technologies are being constantly evolved and refined by leading experts in the field in order to achieve rapid and effective responses to water contamination events. Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing our Response brings together contributions from leading scientists and experts from both academia and industry in the field of water contamination and emergency planning. The book covers a wide range of topics including responses to water contamination emergencies, impacts on public health and commerce, risk assessment, analysis and monitoring, emergency planning, control and planning and threats to the water industry. This book is ideal for specialists in the field of water contamination and emergency response planning, especially researchers and professionals in industry and government who require an authoritative and highly specialised resource on water contamination management. The reader will gain an appreciation of the activities supporting the development of responses to contamination events; emergency actions required in response to the contamination of drinking water; and incident management. Also discussed are the importance of communication between organisations and the public; consumer perceptions and the need for robust and rapid screening of samples taken in response to potential contamination events in order to help answer the key question "Is this water safe to drink?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854046584
  • Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, The
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Series: Special Publication Series
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Over the last 35 years, Prof. Thompson has gained very broad experience in the management of environmental laboratories. He has managed laboratories at both Severn Trent and Yorkshire Water. He is currently Chief Scientist of ALcontrol UK. ALcontrol Laboratories employs 1200 staff in the UK and 1100 staff in the Netherlands, France and Sweden. It has 12 laboratories in the UK and Eire and is one of the largest contract water, soil air and food analysis laboratory organisations in Europe.

John Gray has been involved with water treatment and the provision of safe drinking water over the last 35 years. He was responsible for assuring the quality of water supplies, managing a number of water company laboratories. He also was responsible for providing scientific advice to a group of water supply companies before joining the Drinking Water Inspectorate as a Principal Inspector in 1993. He is currently Deputy Chief Inspector (Operations), deputising for the Chief Inspector in respect of her powers and duties under the legislation. He is responsible for developing and managing the process of technical audit of water companies’ supply operations, including analytical services. He has particular responsibility for security matters affecting or potentially affecting drinking water quality and works closely with the UK water industry. He has been instrumental in developing international links and cooperation to ensure the effectiveness of the Inspectorate’s research programme in security related matters.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Themes and Objectives; Chapter 2: Safety, Security, (Un)certainty; Chapter 3: The Water Industry's Perspective of Water Contamination Emergencies; Chapter 4: The Customers' View on Water Contamination; Chapter 5: Achieving an Appropriate Balance? - An Ofwat Perspective; Chapter 6: Water Contamination: Case Scenarios; Chapter 7: Chemical Contamination of Water - Toxic Effects; Chapter 8: HPA Role on Health Risk Advice to Public Health Teams; Chapter 9: Preventing Drinking Water Emergencies - Water Quality Monitoring Lessons from Recent Outbreak Experience; Chapter 10: Water Safety Plans and Their Role in Preventing and Managing Contamination of the Water Supply; Chapter 11: The Use of Computational Toxicology for Emergency Response Assessment; Chapter 12: Risk Management Capabilities - Towards Mindfulness for the International Water Utility Sector; Chapter 13: Mass Spectrometry Screening Techniques; Chapter 14: The Utilisation On-line of Common Parameter Monitoring as a Surveillance Tool for Enhancing Water Security; Chapter 15: Risk Assessment Methodology for Water Utilities (RAM-WTM) - the Foundation for Emergency Response Planning; Chapter 16: Faster, Smaller, Cheaper: Technical Innovations for Next-Generation Water Monitoring; Chapter 17: A Dutch View of Emergency Planning and Control; Chapter 18: Water Distribution System Modelling: an Essential Component of Total System Security; Chapter 19: Strengthening Collaborations for Water-Related Health Risk Communications; Chapter 20: Risk Assessment, Perception and Communication - Why Dialogue is Politic; Chapter 21: Bouncing Back; Chapter 22: Poor Communication During a Contamination Event May Cause More Harm to Public Health than the Actual Event Itself; Chapter 23: Communication of Tap-water Risks - Challenges and Opportunities; Chapter 24: Improving Communication of Drinking Water Risks Through a Better Understanding of Public Perspectives; Chapter 25: UK Water Industry Laboratory Mutual Group: Progress and Achievements; Chapter 26: Recent Advances in Rapid Ecotoxicity Screening; Chapter 27: A Water Company Perspective; Chapter 28: Rapid Detection of Volatile Substances in Water Using a Portable Photoionization Detector; Chapter 29: Analysis Methods for Water Pollution Emergency Incidents; Chapter 30: Laboratory Environmental Analysis Proficiency (LEAP) Emergency Scheme; Chapter 31: Electronic attack on IT and SCADA Systems; Chapter 32: Incident Involving Radionuclides; Chapter 33: CBRN Issues; Chapter 34: Screening Analysis of River Samples for Unknown Pollutants; Chapter 35: Microbiological Risk and Analysis Issues in Water; Chapter 36: Reagentless Detection of CB Agents; Chapter 37: Be Prepared, the Approach in the Netherlands; Chapter 38: Overview of the Water Company Challenges; Chapter 39: Closing Remarks; Part 2: POSTERS; Monitoring of Organic Micro Contaminants in Drinking Water Using a Submersible UV/VIS Spectrophotometer; Removal of Humic Substances from Water by Means of Ca2+- Enriched Natural Zeolites; Protective Effects of Cathodic Electrolyzed Water on the Damages of DNA, RNA and Protein; Detection of 88 Pesticides on the Finnigan TSQ® Quantum Discovery Using a Novel LC-MS/MS Method; Water Safety Plans: Prevention and Management of Technical and Operative Risks in the Water Industry; Analysis of Aquifer Response to Coupled Flow and Transport on NAOL Remediation with Well Fields; Safe Drinking Water: Lessons from Recent Outbreaks; Prevention and Security Measures Against Potential Terrorist Attacks to Drinking Water Systems in Italy; Improved Understanding of Water Quality Monitoring Evidence for Risk Management Decision-making; Tools for the Rapid Detection of Pathogens in Mains Drinking Water Supplies; Detection and Confirmation of Unknown Contaminants in Untreated Tap Water Using a Hybrid Triple Quadrupole Linear Ion Trap LC/MS/MS System; "Mind the Gap" - Facilitated Workshop;

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