MUWS (Microbiology in Urban Water Systems): an interdisciplinary approach to study microbial communities in urban water systems

Deines, P., Sekar, R., Jensen, H. S. , Tait, S., Boxall, J. B., Osborn, A. M. and Biggs, C. A. (2010) MUWS (Microbiology in Urban Water Systems): an interdisciplinary approach to study microbial communities in urban water systems. In: 10th International Conference on Computing and Control for the Water Industry: Integrating Water Systems, CCWI 2009, 1-3 September 2009, Sheffield, UK.

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Microbiology in Urban Water Systems (MUWS) is an integrated project, which aims to characterize the microorganisms found in both potable water distribution systems and sewer networks. These large infrastructure systems have a major impact on our quality of life, and despite the importance of these systems as major components of the water cycle, little is known about their microbial ecology. Potable water distribution systems are large, highly interconnected and dynamic, and difficult to control. Sewer systems are also large and subject to time varying inputs and demands. Their performance also faces increasing loading due to increasing urbanization and longer-term environmental changes. Therefore, understanding the link between microbial ecology and any potential impacts on short or long-term engineering performance is important. By combining the strengths and research expertise of civil-, biochemical engineers and molecular microbial ecologists, we aim to link the abundance and diversity of microorganisms to physical and engineering variables so that novel insights into the ecology of microorganisms within both water distribution systems and sewer networks can be explored. By presenting the details of this multidisciplinary approach, and the principals behind the molecular microbiological methods and techniques that we use, this paper will demonstrate the potential of an integrated approach to better understand urban water system function and so meet future challenges. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, London.

Keywords:Engineering performance, Environmental change, Future challenges, Infrastructure systems, Integrated approach, Integrated project, Microbial communities, Microbial ecology, Microbiological methods, Multi-disciplinary approach, Potential impacts, Quality of life, Sewer networks, Sewer system, Time varying input, Urban water systems, Water cycle, Ecology, Loading, Sewers, Water distribution systems, Water supply, Waterworks, Microorganisms
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
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