Organized by “Waste Water Treatment System Management” Working Group of the University of Brescia and Ecomondo Technical Scientific Committee


Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) in drinking water are pollutants for which health and environmental hazards are not well known and regulatory limits have not been defined yet (perfluoroalkyl, cyanobacteria, pathogens, new disinfecting by-products, pharmaceutical compounds, pesticides, etc.). For most of these pollutants there are no reliable technologies applicable to drinking water treatment plants, and the interest of scientific research in this area is addressed to identify effective and technically / economically manageable treatment solutions. The aim of this seminar is to present an updated picture on this issue through the analysis of the regulatory aspects at both national and international level, of the potential risks to health and the environment and of the established and innovative solutions for their removal in drinking water systems. Wide space will be given to illustrating research and management experiences of treatment systems, also selected through "call for paper".

Targeted Audience: The conference is addressed to water service companies, professionals, control bodies, researchers, students and, in general, all those who are interested in the topic of the water we drink.


Section chair

Carlo Collivignarelli, University of Brescia




1st Part: Regulation and health issues


Natural water contamination: critical issues and new challenges

Ministery of Environment (tbc)

Regulatory Aspects, health and environmental risks, risk analysis for the control of emerging contaminants in drinking water

Emanuele Ferretti, Istituto Superiore di Sanità

Drinking water watch list

Sara Bogialli, Università di Padova

Emerging contaminants in drinking water: effects on human health

Raffaella Butera, Toxicon, Università di Pavia


2nd  part: Strategies and control measures for human health risks of emerging contaminants in drinking water

Emerging pathogens and new frontiers for drinking water disinfection

Paola Verlicchi, University of Ferrara

Emerging disinfection by-products in drinking water: main issues and strategies for their control

Silvia Fiore, University of Brescia

Control measures for cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in drinking water

Sabrina Sorlini, University of Brescia

Water safety plan development to Mortara’s drinking water supply system

Maria Cristina Collivignarelli and Alessandro Abbà, University of Pavia



Risk management experiences associated with emerging pollutants in water for human use

Inquinanti emergenti: determinazione e trattamento

Lorenzo Barrilli, Gruppo CAP Milano


A spatial data Infrastructure for EDCs surveillance on river in basins

Domenico Vito, DEIB Politecnico di Milano


Indagini PFAS: Proposta di quadro di indagine basato su esperienze dirette

Stefano Marconetto, Golder Associates Canada, Ottawa


Groundwater PFAS contamination in the Vicenza area. Effects on the industrial water cycle management at a local establishment –AECOM Corporate expertise

Fabrizio Bonfanti, AECOM URS ITALIA


Garda lake water sensitive planning

Erich Roberto Trevisiol, UNIFI -Scuola di Architettura-DIDA


L’ applicazione della Water Footprint nel settore siderurgico in Sicilia

Ernesto Cocomero, Università di Catania


Discussion and conclusion


The conference will be held in italian language