Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring Technology

Water in Ireland is a crucial and valued natural resource

Monitoring and improving water quality is of particular concern for:

  • Public health safety and reducing the risk of gastrointestinal illness especially for outbreaks of E.coli and intestinal Enterococci,
  • The impacts of pollution from urban run-off, wastewater discharges, and from agricultural sources – especially after heavy rain, and
  • Providing good quality bathing water for recreational use and for tourism.


The WaterMon project aims to develop and demonstrate a real-time monitoring technology for the detection and monitoring of pathogens, E-Coli and Enterococci, and nutrients, Nitrogen and Phosphorus (N&P), in drinking and bathing water.

The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology. WSSIC is an expert resource in modernizing Ireland’s water infrastructure by developing state-of-the-art water-based applications, systems and services. It offers technical expertise to companies looking to develop water services or products.


Kevin Fitzgibbon

Principal Investigator


Eoin Byrne

Principal Investigator


Nikolaos Chalikias

Principal Investigator


Dr Liam O’Faolain

Principal Investigator


Dr Chinna Devarapu

Principal Investigator


Fin Murray

Principal Investigator


Colin O’Sullivan

Principal Investigator

In Collaboration with

WaterMon is a collaborative project between:

  • The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC), Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis: CAPPA, Cork Institute of Technology
  • Hydrolight, an innovative Irish start-up.
Cork Institute of Technology
Water Systems & Services Innovation
Nimbus Research Centre
Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland
Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis