Project #4889

Emerging Contaminant Research Prioritisation Decision Making Framework

$64,178
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Stuart
Khan
Research Manager
Ms. Julie Minton
Contractor
University of New South Wales
Compounds of Emerging Concern (CECs)
Customer Relations & Stakeholder Engagement

Abstract

Large knowledge gaps persist regarding the significance of many constituents of emerging concern (CECs), which may occur in drinking water and wastewater systems. Research is needed to understand the health and environmental effects of CECs, how their harm can be minimized, and their long-term effects on health and the environment in order to identify if advanced treatment is necessary. This research developed a framework for the prioritization of research efforts. Research requirements could include efforts to improve the understanding of CEC occurrence (e.g., monitoring), ecotoxicity, public health risks, treatment process performance, or other aspects relating to the management of CECs in water and/or wastewater systems. This framework is available as a Bayesian Network running in freeware software (Netica) and is intended for water and wastewater utilities and others including water research providers and water research agencies. Published by WRF. 83 pages. Online PDF. (2019)

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Originally funded as WERF project WERF3C16.