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An exciting year, with a lot of changes for FoBiG, comes to an end. Our veterans Fritz Kalberlah and Martin Hassauer retired as company partners and staff members – and support us further as freelancers at their whim. FoBiG won over four long-time staff members as new company partners and with our new colleagues Melanie Macherey und Marco Dilger our scientific team got substantial reinforcement. We are prepared for the future!

Many thanks to all friends, colleagues and clients for their good cooperation. We wish you a well-deserved break, a relaxing Christmas holiday and a Happy New Year!

Manganese is a naturally occurring element that is detectable in drinking water. It is one of the essential trace elements. In higher doses, however, it may cause neurotoxic effects among other things. The existing drinking water limit value of 0.05 mg / L is aesthetically and technically motivated. The publication of Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz in the database “Trinkwasser aktuell” summarizes the current data situation and points to the need to update the toxicological assessment.

For further questions please contact Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

In the case of defense, if the regular drinking water supply fails, a temporary emergency supply with hygienic non-hazardous emergency (drinking) water needs to be ensured. However, the requirements for the quality of this water do not comply with the regulation of the Drinking Water Ordinance due to the limited duration of this emergency supply. On behalf of the BBK (Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance), FoBiG has revised the intervention values for emergency water. The results have now been published in the database “Trinkwasser aktuell”.

For further questions please contact Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz.

Congratulations to our colleague Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz who has again been appointed an honorary member of the German Drinking Water Committee (TWK) for the period 2018 to 2022. The TWK is a national expert committee of the Federal Ministry of Health which is associated to the German Environment Agency. The TWK deliberates upon actual questions and problems of drinking water hygiene. TWK recommendations, which are especially bound to precautionary health protection, serve as a basis for the activities of health authorities and water suppliers. The recommendations supplement and illustrate the specifications of the drinking water regulation. Major activities of Ulrike Schuhmacher-Wolz are in the field of toxicological problems associated with drinking water protection.

Klaus Schneider was an invited speaker at „Umwelt 2018“ (10. bis 12. September 2018) in Münster. He presented results from two research projects on behalf of the German Enironmental Agency on the toxicological evaluation of PAHs and on semipolar heterocyclic hydrocarbons in complex UVCB substances. The presentation in german can be found here.

For further questions please contact Klaus Schneider.