Drinking water

Drinking water safety is essential for human health. We drink approximately 2 liters of water every day.

Drinking water

Drinking water is our most important food item and our health is highly dependent on access to safe drinking water. The large intake, the lifelong consumption, and the fact that we consume drinking water from the same source during long periods in life, leads us to the conclusion that even low levels of chemical pollutants in drinking water could pose a risk to human health. For example, certain contaminants can cause endocrine disruption or even DNA damage.

Our effect-based methods can be used to ensure that drinking water is not contaminated with hazardous chemicals. The methods can also be used to investigate the removal efficiency of chemical contaminants during drinking water production, or if hazardous by-products are formed during drinking water disinfection. Our effect-based methods have been used in studies at several of Sweden’s largest drinking water treatment plants. The new EU drinking water directive includes a requirement to establish a risk-based strategy from raw water to tap, to ensure high drinking water quality. Our effect-based methods are well suited to fulfil this strategy.

”Everyone should analyze their water with effect-based analysis at least once a quarter.”

Kenneth M Persson professor at Lund University, head of research at Sydvatten and Sweden Water Research

Effect-based methods for drinking water monitoring

“Knowledge about cocktail effects is limited, and as interest in reusing wastewater for drinking water purposes increases, it is crucial to use all available tools to monitor water quality.”

Kenneth M Persson – professor vid Teknisk Vattenresurslära på Lunds universitet

Download White Paper

In our White Paper “Kemiska föroreningar i dricksvatten – nya innovativa analysmetoder” (march 2022), you can read more about how effect-based analytics methods can be used to control chemical contaminants in our drinking water. The White Paper is in Swedish.