Risk management in water reuse

Any form of planned water reuse requires a precautionary approach to the acute and chronic risks posed by pathogenic microorganisms and chemical compounds. This health risk depends on the extent to which people come into contact with water, which contains increased concentrations of pathogens and chemical substances. A large number of approaches were postulated for the estimation of this risk in the case of water reuse. The World Health Organization (WHO) has presented a concept that divides the risk assessment process into four steps. These steps include problem identification, an underlying dose-response relationship, an exposure assessment and a concrete risk characterisation. It can be performed for both microbiological and chemical contaminants.

The WHO risk assessment concept ("Water Safety Plans") has been adapted by many countries in legislative requirements and technical regulations and implemented for various water reuse applications. This concept therefore forms the basis of risk management for applications within the WavE funding measure.

In order to convey the most important aspects of risk management during water reuse in a compact manner, the working group on the cross-cutting topic 'risk management' agreed to draw up short fact sheets. The thematic focus is on a.) microbiological parameters, b.) chemicals (such as organic matter, nutrients, salts and heavy metals), c.) contaminants of emerging concern and d.) an illustration of the essential elements of an overall water recycling concept.


12/2019: Ergebnisse des Querschnittsthemas

04/2018: Bisherige Aktivitäten und Ausblick 


12/2019 - WavE-Artikel in der Korrespondenz Abwasser 12/19: "Potenziale und Strategien zur Überwindung von  Hemmnissen für die  Implementierung von  Wasserwiederverwendungsansätzen in Deutschland"

12/2018 - WavE-Artikel im gwf-Wasser/Abwasser 12/2018: "Mindestanforderungen an eine Wasserwiederverwendung: Hinweise aus Sicht der WavE-Forschungsprojekte des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)"

Fact Sheet: Relevanz chemischer Stoffe in der Wasserwiederverwendung
Fact Sheet: Relevanz mikrobiologischer Parameter für die Wasserwiederverwendung
Fact Sheet: Relevanz von Spurenstoffen in der Wasserwiederverwendung
Fact Sheet: Anforderungen an Wasserrecycling-Projekte

Relevanz chemischer Stoffe in der Wasserwiederverwendung
Relevanz mikrobiologischer Parameter für die Wasserwiederverwendung
Relevanz von Spurenstoffen in der Wasserwiederverwendung
Anforderungen an Wasserrecycling-Projekte
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