SafeDrink is a Formas project focusing on hazardous chemicals in drinking water (2013-2018).
Drinking water is our main food stuff with a consumption of 2-2.5 L per person and day. Over the past decade, many new hazardous chemicals were detected in drinking water. There is a need to identify presently unknown chemicals and to improve detection of known hazardous chemicals in drinking water.
SafeDrink includes monitoring of chemicals, effect monitoring, impact of water treatment processes, and social science aspects of the public´s sense-making of risks associated with tap water.
Passive samplers are used to pre-concentrate pollutants from source to tap (Uppsala & Stockholm). Sampling extracts are characterized in terms of chemical composition by advanced masspectrometry and toxicity by in vitro assays. Different treatment techniques are compared, and the impact of dissolved organic carbon will be studied.
The project is devloped in collaboration with stakeholders, and the research will help stakeholders to improve monitoring strategies and to make well-founded decisions concerning investments in treatment technology for improved safety of drinking water, and for improved risk communication.
Uppsala University: Björn Hellman
Mid University of Sweden: Anna Olofsson
National Food Agency: Heidi Pekar and Anders Glynn