Recent article in ES&T on water quality
security….”Several reports have detailed the need for developing monitoring
technologies and research to address future water quality concerns, which
can then be incorporated into a risk assessment framework.”
A system to reliably identify medium to high
consequence contamination events in source water or distribution systems in
time to allow an effective local response (that will prevent, mitigate, or
reduce risk to the greatest extent practicable).
Decision support tools, response actions,contingency plans, and data
interpretation guidelines need to be coordinated with local health, state
and federal oversight agencies, in advance.
If measure surrogate parameters or gross
indicators (e.g. Bioassays)-need to establish a network of local/regional
centers of analytical (chemical and microbiological) excellence to quickly
quantify and assess actual risk.