Thirty years of DBP research

July 23, 2015

WaterRA has commissioned a number of "impact studies" to assess the influence and benefits derived from long-term research on a number of important topics. The most recent, on Disinfection By-product research in Australia, is the basis of a paper which was published in the June issue of the AWA's journal Water.

In this article, the authors Kathryn Linge, Deborah Liew, Ina Kristiana, Keith Cadee, Jeffrey Charrois and Cynthia Joll summarise DBP research conducted in Australia over the past 30 years and consider its impact on the drinking water industry in terms of knowledge foundation, risk management and optimising operations. Fundamental and applied research in Australia has led to a greater understanding of the chemistry and conditions under which DBPs are formed, resulting in improved water quality.

The authors conclude that much of Australia’s current DBP expertise has resulted from the sustained investment in water research by the CRCWQT and its successor, WQRA (now WaterRA).

The AWA has kindly allowed us to make a pdf of this paper available here.

The impact study report for WaterRA will be available soon.