Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Jekel, Tel. +49 (0)30 314-25058, martin.jekel[at]tu-berlin.de 
More information about the general program as well as the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe
In Germany, drinking water from the tap is high-quality. However, some pharmaceuticals and other human related substances in low concentrations can be detected using modern sensitive methods of measurement by now.
In this context, future challenges must be affiliated and a preparation for possible scenarios shall be conducted. For example, a preparation for the prognosis of lower water levels in surface water in the Berlin-Brandenburg region (lack of rain because of climate change) is required. Or the preparation for the fact that the consumption of pharmaceuticals still increases. In order to guarantee the high quality of the Berlin drinking water supply in the future and considering the fact that the anthropogenic trace organic compounds concentration will increase, in the project ASKURIS known and also new substances will be analyzed and evaluated. Existing natural and technical barriers will be checked in regard to their efficiency and innovative methods for the removal of organic trace compounds and microorganisms will be tested.
The project ASKURIS not only examines the technical level but also considers ecological valuation methods as well as the consumers´ mental attitude to water. Therefore, in line with a sociological study, the water consumers´perception and behaviour regarding the problem will be investigated. The results will lead to recommendations for an optimized risk management for water suppliers.
The project ASKURIS is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF  and co-funded by Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Berlin water company), Zweckverband Landeswasserversorgung Stuttgart as well as the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water.
The project is part of the focal point of support Sustainable Water Management NaWaM . Therein, the BMBF bundles its activities in the field of water research within the BMBF general program Research for Sustainable Development FONA .
Anthropogenic trace organic compounds and pathogens in the urban water cycle: assessment, barriers and risk communication (ASKURIS)
ASKURIS information day on July 11 (2014) at 10:30 a.m. in the OWA Tegel!