AQUATHM

COMPLEX PROGRAM TO ENSURE WATER QUALITY AND SAFETY FOR
CONSUMERS IN EXPOSURE
TO CARCINOGENIC SUBSTANCES (THM)
FROM DRINKING WATER

Acronym: AQUATHM

Domain - III Environment
Contract no. 32-152 / 01.10.2008
Contracting authority: National Programs Management Center
Contract length: 36 months
Contractor: Environmental Health Center Cluj Napoca

Project manager: Assoc.Prof. Dr. Anca Elena Gurzau
Telephone, 0264 - 432979, 0264 – 532972,
Fax: 0264 – 534404
E-mail: ancagurzau@ehc.ro

For the purpose of reducing the negative impact generated by trihalomethanes (THM) generation in drinking water, the project addresses integrated issues of water quality and safety for consumers, offering a complex program to ensure water quality, with impact on the quality of life. Research is developed in central Transylvania, in Cluj, Mures and Salaj counties. Trihalomethanes (THM) are present in drinking water as byproducts resulted from the water treatment process by chlorine disinfection. Due to the serious known effects on the human organism, including carcinogenic ones, in the EU countries THM are part of the list of priority hazardous substances in water. Within the research, variability of THM concentration is also monitored during the water treatment process and in the consumption area (distribution network) in urban areas in central Transylvania, in order to elaborate specific databases (novelty). Throughout the project, results are disseminated through specific support activities, trainings and seminars organized by EHC-CO with leading foreign guests with a view to prepare partnerships for the European programs.