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Climate impacts on water sources: quantity, quality and safety

June 4th

Speaker: Dr. Isabel Douterelo

Engineering and Physical Research Fellow (EPSRC) at the Civil & Structural Engineering Department at the University of Sheffield

Access to safe drinking water is one of the most fundamental human rights, required to sustain life and essential to public health and well-being. The main compelling challenge for water administrators worldwide is to guarantee safe drinking water supplies under foreseeable climate change scenarios, which involve drastic changes in environmental conditions, increased water stress, and the appearance of new contaminants and pathogens. These changes will force water companies to modify monitoring and management strategies. Microorganisms govern the chemical and biological process taking place in all aquatic ecosystem, thus they control how the internal environment of drinking water systems works and delivers water. Dr Douterelo’s vision consist in using the “power of microbes” for the advantage of engineering to aid guarantee the supply of clean and safe water in the future.

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