Preventing biofilm formation by developing new coatings on pipes materials for drinking water distribution systems
Prof. H.C. van der Mei & Dr. Patrick van Rijn from
University Medical Center Groningen have obtained a collaborative research grant together with
Dr. Cristina Gagliano & Dr. Adam Wexler
from Wetsus European Center of Excelence for Sustainable Water Technology for translating anti-fouling coatings from biomedical applications towards water distribution systems to prevent bacterial attachment and growth.
Drinking water companies ensure that the ground and surface water are purified and then transported by the water distribution system to consumers’ homes. During the transport through the distribution network, bacteria can attach to the wall of water pipes and grow into a biofilm, which eventually leads to a contamination of the mains water reaching the consumer. Drinking water companies currently still use materials for the distribution network that bacteria can easily attach to and grow on, such as polythene. We will develop coatings for these materials that prevent bacterial attachment and growth or at least strongly reduce this.
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