The quality of the water used as drinking water, irrigation,
aquaculture, food processing or recreational activities has significant
public health implications worldwide. Pollution from fecal 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.

WATER EXPERTS FROM MORE THAN 40 NATIONS IN VIENNA

As part of the world’s largest water hygiene congress in Vienna, 300
international scientists from more than 40 nations present their
research on the campus of the University of Vienna. 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.

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
(www.waterandhealth.at) 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). The IWA HRWM Specialist Group addresses all aspects of
human and public health where water plays the role of a vector or
reservoir of pathogens.

RESEARCH ON MICROBIAL CONTAMINATION OF WATER

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 fecal 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. 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 waste water treatment plant Vienna ebs, to the flood control
management Danube Island and to the alpine springs and catchments of the
First Vienna water supply.

Conference Website: www.hrwm.eu