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.
WaterMon is a collaborative project between:
- The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC), Nimbus Research Centre, Cork Institute of Technology
- Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis: CAPPA, Cork Institute of Technology
- Hydrolight, an innovative Irish start-up.
The two-year project has received €500k funding from Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland.