Dr. Johann Wilhelm ERNING
Drinking Water is the central part of human nutrition and its purity without risks to health is essential for human life. Huge technical effort is employed to collect, purify and distribute drinking water to virtually every house hold in Europe and other developed countries. Many different materials are in use for the various components within drinking water systems. Some of them were ruled out nowadays like lead, but may be still present in some installations, others are new materials like polymers. Some installations are near to or at the end of their life and have to be replaced, others are quite new. The use of different materials, different ways of installations or different repair methods as well as additional water conditioning methods e.g. disinfection or simply insufficient maintenance can lead to corrosion problems.
Corrosion of drinking water systems is a major issue which can affect the purity of the water and thus also the health of the consumer,
which also can affect the structural integrity of buildings and finally may lead to tremendous water losses.
The new working party aims at using the European network of experts to collect the present understanding in the field of corrosion of drinking water installations, identify the needs for further research, both in basics and application, evaluate existing testing methods, promote new investigation methods, and foster normative work on an international basis.
The working party devotes its activities to the following general topics:
Investigation and Testing
This Working Party will deal with following items of major interest:
Next WP meeting
At EUROCORR 2013, Estoril, Portugal