The Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC) initiated this project to demonstrate effect-based monitoring tools can be applied in practical settings. The project aims to develop user guidance documents for operators and/or local authorities, collect experiences with the use of effect-based monitoring tools from a selection of case studies, and provide documentation on effect-based monitoring in water safety planning to policy-makers. Overall, the project’s goal is a more efficient implementation of bioanalytical tools in the Water Safety Plans (WSPs) across the global water sector.

The main added value of this GWRC project is to combine substance based to effect-based monitoring tools to capture any adverse toxic pathways missing from current substance based targeting…

Project partners Veolia, Suez, Griffith University, Helmholz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, GWRC and KWR have spent the past few years evaluating methods and tools for effect-based monitoring. They also studied how this technology can be incorporated into policy frameworks and carried out and analysed various case studies.

A key conclusion of this project is that effect-based monitoring is ready for practical application and can have several benefits. Well-integrated use of the technology can generate cost savings and contribute to water safety. This requires laboratories that can reproducibly apply the technology. Next to that, end users, governments and laboratories should jointly develop a reliable and reproducible approach for the application of bioassays, and integration in (legal) guidelines is needed for the use of bioassays and the assessment of the results of such measurements.

Please find below all the associated project reports, fact sheets and relevant resources.