European centre of excellence
for sustainable water technology

Virus Control

Many different household water treatment and safe storage (HWTSS) systems have been developed for low-income consumers to produce drinking water of acceptable microbiological quality and to maintain this quality during storage and use. However these HWTSS systems are not very effective in removing or inactivating wide varieties of enteric viruses. These viruses are major agents of infectious diseases such as gastroenteritis. The goal within this theme is to develop effective and efficient treatment processes to produce safe and virus free drinking water. Membrane technologies, oxidation technologies, UV disinfection as well as adsorption technologies are potential techniques to achieve this. The mechanism of virus inactivation, damage and removal by these treatment technologies needs to be elucidated not only for model organisms (M2S bacteriophages) but also for human pathogenic viruses. The gained knowledge will allow the development of effective, controllable and affordable treatment processes.

Company members

Foto Paul Buijs thema Virus Control
Hilde de Gier

Theme manager
Paul Buijs
Berson UV

Theme coordinator
Hilde de Gier

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