TAWARA_RTM – TAp WAter RAdioactivity Real Time Monitor
The TAWARA_RTM project aims at developing a complete platform to control the quality of the tap water with respect to the radioactivity content. The platform will provide a real time measurement of the activity in the water (measuring the gross alpha and beta activity) to verify whether the distributed water is well within the limits set by the EU legislation or if it’s reaching the threshold that requires rapid actions. In the latter case, a message is sent to the water plant management to verify the need of stopping the water distribution. At the same time, a second part of the system is activated, to determine the nature of the contamination by gamma ray spectroscopy, defining the nature of the contamination and the corresponding counter-measures. The determination of the contaminants is also needed in order to establish the effects on the population and produce a full information report to the Civil Security Authorities.
The prototypes of a real time monitoring system and spectroscopy analyzer will be designed, built, tested under laboratory condition and finally installed at the North Waterworks Plant of Warsaw managed by the Warsaw Waterwork Company (Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Wodociagow i Kanalizacji w m.st. Warszawie S.A. – MPWIK), for the demonstration campaign. The site selected for the demonstration is particularly sensible for possible radioactivity contamination being in communication with the Chernobyl region through a network of rivers and canals, and due to its proximity with a Polish National Nuclear Waste storage site.
The TAWARA_RTM system will be designed taking into account that the increase of the water radioactivity might derive from natural phenomena (as earthquakes) but also from a whole set of radioactive and nuclear emergencies. The TAWARA_RTM project will include the development of the complete platform including the fast real-time monitor system (RTM), the spectroscopic system (SPEC) as well as the Information and Communication System that will be designed to include in the future also chemical and biological sensors.
The project is co-funded by EU Commission under FP7-Cooperation programme (theme: Security) – Grant Agreement n. 312713
Starting date: December 2013
Tentative ending date: August 2016
The TAWARA_RTM consortium consists of two SMEs, two universities, two national research centers, a law firm and end users in the form of a water distribution company. A list of consortium members is given below. The project is foreseen to be completed in 30 months, within a budget of EUR 3.4 million, including public and private sector contributions.