EDIT Development and Implementation of a Concentration and Dectection System for the Inline Monitoring of Water-borne Pathogens in Raw and Drinking Water (EDIT)

The EDIT project aims at the development of an innovative technical solution for rapid and continuous water hygiene testing. The research project, which is part of BMBF-funded program "Smart and multifunctional infrastructural systems for sustainable water supply, sanitation and stormwater management" (INIS) therefore develops a system for hygiene online monitoring (HOLM). Target organisms initially include such pathogens that are relevant for raw and drinking water monitoring in Germany.

Bakterien Viren Phagen
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Pseudomonas
  • Campylobacter jejuni
  • Klebsiella pneumonia
    und Klebsiella oxytoca

  • Norovirus GGI-II
  • Adenovirus 40,41,52
  • Enteroviren
  • MS2
  • PhiX174

The mentioned phages are for testing purposes only. Because there is a potential for different applications both in the national and international context, a future extension or modification of the range of target pathogens is possible.

The project has 3 complementary objectives:

  1. modular development of system components and their integration into a HOLM;
  2. testing and evaluation of the system in the laboratory and in practical use;
  3. synthesis of results, accompanying research and public relations.

The HOLM developed in EDIT consists of a multi-stage procedure for pathogen concentration and sample preparation, a module for live/dead discrimination of pathogens and biomolecular analysis (isothermal amplification and detection on an analytical microarray).

The department ASAM is responsible fort he coordination of the project, the synthesis of results and research on the current state of drinking water hygiene in Germany and challenges related to demographic and climate changes.

The project partners are:

  • Technical University Munich – Institute for Water Chemistry and Chemical Balneology (TUM-IWC)
  • Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Institute for Microsystems Technolgy (IMTEK)
  • DVGW German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water – Water Technology Center, Karlsruhe (TZW)
  • Fraunhofer IOSB, Application Center Systems Technology, Ilmenau (AST)
  • R-Biopharm AG Darmstadt
  • GWK Precision Technology GmbH München
  • Municipal water supply comany of Berlin (BWB).

Additional implementation include the municipal water supply companies of Magdeburg (TWM) and Marburg (SWM).

Contact: Dr. Daniel Karthe