IntoDBP at a glance

What’s intoDBP about?

intoDBP is an EU-funded project that will develop, test, scale-up, validate, and benchmark innovative tools and strategies to protect catchments and minimize human exposure to disinfection by-products (DBP) under current and future climates, without compromising disinfection efficacy, and which could be applied at the global scale. The project will develop its cross-cutting solutions on 4 complementary case studies (CS) combining rural and dense urban areas, from 3 European countries where disinfection by-products are a scientific, technological, and political challenge.


  • Develop a comprehensive approach from source to tap for an optimum drinking water surveillance strategy.

  • Foster AI sensor deployment methodologies and algorithms in water distribution networks.

  • Formulate of a new transformative approach based on the fluorescence-absorbance-controlled MITO3X technology platform.

  • Create a new open and ready-to-use workflow using a combination of dynamic and statistical models, as a tool to forecast the effects of extreme climate events.

  • Increase the understanding of human exposure, taking into consideration gender dimension, to generate and implement models and recommendations to impact policy and decision-making in Europe.

  • Provide guidance to decision makers to formulate optimized and future-proofed climate change adaptation pathways to successfully tackle emerging water quality threats.

  • Compile and present new business opportunities in the context of DOM and DBP monitoring, modelling and control that industry can identify and adopt.

The project’s outcomes

  • Generate an open and ready-to-use workflow for using dynamic models capable of anticipating the effects of climate change and climate extremes.

  • Help to understand the effect of climate change on disinfection by-product in Europe.

  • Develop real-time sensors with potential for commercialization to be used by water utilities to effectively monitor drinking water quality from source to supply.

  • Adopt a monitoring strategy based on the combination of UV-VIS, fluorescence tools and bioreporters demonstrated during the project.

  • Contribute to minimize disinfection by-product formation and human exposure by protecting source water, optimizing treatment, and improving monitoring.

  • Increase the scientific and technological knowledge on measures to improve drinking water quality.