Point of use water treatment for organic rich surface water

Apply for a share of up to £450,000 to develop ideas for treating high organic surface water at point of use.

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This competition will fund up to five feasibility studies to explore the development of a point-of-use (POU) water treatment system, which must:

  • Consistently deliver water from high organic surface waters with no risk to human health
  • Be cost effective and low maintenance

Scotland has more than 10,000 water supplies that only serve one household each. It has another 20,000 supplies that each serve a population of fewer than 50 people. The performance and capabilities of household drinking water treatment technology vary depending on the quality of the incoming raw water.

Most of these supplies are served by surface waters high in organic matter. There's no reliable household solution on the market for treating this sort of water. Current technology is either too expensive or requires a lot of maintenance.

Key dates

Watch the webinar from the briefing event describing the challenge.
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A briefing event was held on 6th March 2018 where an overview of the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund and SBRI process was provided along with a presentation from Allan Mason, Senior Project Manager, Research & Innovation and Christine Murray, Water Process Technical Lead  at Scottish Water on the point of use water treatment for organic rich surface water challenge. 

Download the briefing presentation (PDF, 4 MB)

Download the Q&A (PDF, 175 KB) 

  • Competition opens: Monday 12 February 2018
  • Competition closes: Wednesday 25 April 2018 at midday

Register and apply for the competition on the gov.uk website

Scottish Water is being supported in this competition by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund.