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Water Quality and Health

Water Quality and Health

Policy: Water Framework Directive, Drinking Water Directive, Water, Wastewater and Drainage

Science: drinking water, waste water, human & environmental health, epidemiology and contaminants.


The Water Quality and Health theme focusses on providing high quality science knowledge regarding drinking water, wastewater, human & environmental health, epidemiology, and contaminants.

The projects undertaken within this theme will inform policy and regulation areas including Drinking Water Directive review, Drinking Water Supplies, and Public Health.

Improved understanding of the interrelationships (e.g., sources, distribution, and risks) between water quality and human/environmental health will lead to better informed policy decisions.

Research on this thematic area commences with a capacity building project developing risk assessment approaches for parameters in the recast Drinking Water Directive, to be incorporated into legislation in 2023. This project will deliver timely knowledge on monitoring and risk assessment approaches for watchlist contaminants in drinking water supplies in Scotland.