Published January 2014

The outputs from Workshops 1 and 2 have now been published in the peer reviewed Journal ‘Environment International’ . Full details below:

Oliver DM, van Niekerk M, Kay D, Heathwaite AL, Porter J, Fleming LE, Kinzelman JL, Connolly E, Cummins A, McPhail C, Rahman A, Thairs T, de Roda Husman AM, Hanley N, Dunhill I, Globevnik L, Harwood VJ, Hodgson CJ, Lees DN, Nichols G, Nocker A, Schets C, & Quilliam RS (2014). Opportunities and limitations of molecular methods for quantifying microbial compliance parameters in EU bathing waters, Environment International 64, 124-128.


The outputs from Workshop 3 have now been published in the peer reviewed Journal ‘AMBIO’ . Full details below:

Oliver DM, Hanley ND, van Niekerk M, Kay D, Heathwaite AL, Rabinovici SJM, Kinzelman JL, Fleming LE, Porter J, Shaikh S, Fish R, Chilton S, Hewitt J, Connolly E, Cummins A, Glenk K, McPhail C, McRory E, McVittie A, Giles A, Roberts S, Simpson K, Tinch D, Thairs T, Avery LM, Vinten AJA, Watts B & Quilliam RS (2015). Molecular tools for bathing water assessment in Europe: balancing social science research with a rapidly developing environmental science evidence-base. AMBIO, in press


Available now

  • The DHW project final report is now available and provides a concise summary of the project achievements and outputs over the 18 month period October 2011 to June 2013

Delivering Healthy Water_FINAL REPORT

  • Delivery Healthy Water Briefing Paper 1 is available to view or download here

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  • Delivery Healthy Water Briefing Paper 2 is available to view or download here

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  • The full report from workshop 3 is available to view or download here.



Delivering Healthy Water workshop 3

9th – 10th October 2012, University of Stirling, Scotland

The third workshop focused on the breadth of potential economic impacts associated with any future transitions in enumeration methods for assessing bathing water quality. The Workshop was organised in conjunction with Professor Nick Hanley of the University of Stirling and explored the economic implications arising from a move towards using molecular techniques, under three broad themes:
  1. Valuing coastal recreation linked to changes in water quality – The value of a day at the beach;
  2. Valuing changes in health risk relating to bathing water quality;
  3. The value of risk information.

The workshop centred on a series of seminars (available via the Table below) given by invited international experts and included questioning sessions. A break-out group activity was also used to prioritise and critique responses from a web-based survey administered by the Working Group to a ‘harder-to-reach’ UK and international audience beyond those who attended the workshop. This ensured that views of those stakeholders unable to attend this workshop were still accounted for with regard to identifying future research needs associated with the economics of technology change linked to bathing water quality assessment. An unedited list of all survey responses will be made available in due course via this site. A pdf copy of all of the presentations given at the workshop can be viewed via the links in the Table.

Presenter Title Workshop
David Oliver (University of Stirling) Delivering Healthy Water: building the science-policy interface to protect bathing water quality 3
Nick Hanley (University of Stirling) Economic valuation of water quality improvements: a quick tour of methods available 3
Sue Chilton (Newcastle University) Valuing Risk Reductions to Human Health 3
Sharyl Rabinovici (Mills College, California) Integrating Valuations of the Intangible & Stakeholder Participation into Assessment of Beach Management Alternatives 3
Julie Hewitt (USEPA) The Net Benefits of Rapid Test Methods at U.S. Coastal Beaches 3
Klaus Glenk (SRUC) Valuing risk of non-delivery of environmental outcomes 3
Andy Vinten (James Hutton Institute) Testing the proportionality principle for pollution mitigation in the Irvine catchment, and at national scale 3
Dugald Tinch (University of Stirling) Valuation of the upcoming revisions to the Bathing Water Directive 3
Sabina Shaikh (University of Chicago) The Value of Beach Visits and the Effect of Swim Bans in Chicago 3
Alistair McVittie (SRUC) How information on different water quality measures can influence values 3
Julie Kinzelman (City of Racine health Dept) Economic implications of beach management Additional resource

Delivering Healthy Water workshops 1 and 2

27th – 28th March 2012, UKWIR headquarters, London

The first workshop was centred on the identification of regulatory, policy and other stakeholder needs with respect to evolving and emerging molecular technology for microbial parameter enumeration and tracking. The vital next step was to communicate these needs to the science provider community.

The second workshop built on the work of the first in trying to evaluate how science providers can align with the needs identified in day one by the science users. Furthermore an attempt was made to identify areas of uncertainty or specific limitations that could hinder meeting those needs now or in the near future.

Interspersed between the discussion sessions was a series of short presentations from some of the invited experts on a specified subject designed to inform and enliven the discussions. Pdf files of these presentations are available to view below

Presenter Title Workshop
Tim Wade (USEPA) The USEPA perspective on the use of molecular tools for regulating recreational water: the journey so far 1
Ian Dunhill (Environment Agency) The regulatory challenges of transition to molecular tools? – view from the UK 1
Andy Cummins (Surfers Against Sewage) A beach users’ view on the role of new technology for bathing water monitoring 1
Jonathan Porter (Environment Agency) A molecular biologist’s view on the most promising molecular tools for the UK regulatory community 1
Valerie J Harwood (University of South Florida) MST: where are we now and where are we heading? Some highlights 2
Ana Maria de Roda Husman (RIVM) Delivering Healthy Water – waves ahead 2
David Kay (CREH) A roadmap of science challenges ahead 2
Lidija Globevnik (European Topic Centre on Water) Culture to Molecular: perceived advantages and limitations for EU waters 2

Workshop reports

The two documents attached give a brief summary of the content and outcomes of workshops 1 and 2.