Researcher-Utility Partnerships for Advancing Microbial Drinking Water Quality
Speaker: Dr. Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Drinking water treatment and distribution have advanced to protect the majority of people in the U.S. from most waterborne diseases. However, research and practice continuously produce new knowledge, including the identification of new risks and benefits of microorganisms present in treated drinking water. My research group has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor Drinking Water Treatment Plant for more than a decade. I will present an overview of our collaboration to inspire others to engage in research-utility partnerships. I will highlight research on opportunistic bacterial pathogens in treatment processes, distribution systems, and building plumbing, and a vision to achieve real-time monitoring of microorganisms in drinking water.