International water hygiene conference to be held in Vienna

International water hygiene conference to be held in Vienna

As part of the world’s largest water hygiene congress, about 300 international scientists from more than 40 nations will present their research on the campus of the University of Vienna from September 15th to 20.

The symposium will bring together researchers, policymakers, science, industry, water suppliers, national authorities and administrations, as well as experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), to share the latest scientific knowledge, experience and expertise.

Among the main topics of the symposium are the research on pathogens transmitted by water, i.e. pathogenic bacteria, parasites and viruses. Particular attention is paid to the development and application of microbiological indicators, diagnostical tools for determining the origin of faecal sources, and the modeling of microbiological water quality and the associated risks to human health. Further important topics are water treatment and -disinfection, water reuse, bathing water and water for recreational activities, and infection control in health facilities.

The symposium, organized by the International Water Association’s (IWA) Health-Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) Specialist Group, is run by the Inter-University Cooperation Center ICC Water and Health of the MedUni Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology and the Karl Landsteiner University Krems (KL) and supported by the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (OGHMP).

Five workshops such as WHO workshops on antimicrobial resistance and bacteriophages as well as on quantitative microbial risk assessment (QRMA) are organized. Three technical excursions are offered, to the wastewater treatment plant Vienna ebs, to the flood control management Danube Island and to the alpine springs and catchments of the First Vienna water supply.

The quality of the water used as drinking water, irrigation, aquaculture, food processing or recreational activities has significant public health implications worldwide, according to a press statement.

Pollution from faecal pathogens continues to be a major concern for health in the environment, water and food. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, therefore, include providing the entire world population with safe drinking water by 2030.

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