BactoSense joins ToDrinQ - European project for safe drinking water

ToDrinQ is an international initiative funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe research program, in which bNovate will participate beginning December 1, 2022 and lasting four years.


ToDrinQ stands for Toolkit for aDaptable, Resilient INstallations securing high-Quality drinking water. The main purpose of this project is to secure the quality of drinking water through a comprehensive approach:

  1. protect water sources from pollution

  2. provide innovative monitoring and treatment solutions

  3. ensure safe distribution

Improving the resilience of drinking water systems in a changing world


Drinking water systems should be adapted as the global drinking water supply faces issues such as climate change, emerging pathogenic microorganisms, accelerated urbanization, and an aging infrastructure. The major concern is to plan in advance adaptable risk-based operational processes, for both short- and long-term challenges.

The European Parliament formally adopted the revised Drinking Water Directive, promoting a risk assessment and management approach, from source to tap. This approach should have a risk-based design and operational control to guarantee the highest drinking water standards in the world, while also adhering to the zero-pollution goal announced in the European Green Deal.

One of the challenges is raised by the operators’ lack of access to real-time information on compounds and organisms of emerging concern – bacteria in water, for example.

To address these topics and test new technologies for more resilient drinking water infrastructures, ToDrinQ brings together a consortium of 16 partners – small-to-medium-sized enterprises, multinational companies, and research institutes – from 8 countries.

The consortium is led by the Delft University of Technology and is composed of:

BactoSense, the solution for fast microbiological water quality monitoring


During the next four years, BactoSense, made in Switzerland by bNovate Technologies, will be tested in different locations together with water utilities and top research-oriented universities from the consortium.

The fast microbiological analysis performed by BactoSense will provide on-site, insightful information on different applications and use cases, including drinking water in major European cities as well as that provided to residents of small municipalities.

With bNovate’s participation in ToDrinQ, we will continue to focus on further developing BactoSense. At the same time, we aim to exemplify how BactoSense can contribute to building resilient drinking water systems – both by being a robust instrument that is reliable in front of water contamination for everyday operations, as well as adaptable in response to various scenarios.

ToDrinQ is an excellent opportunity to further demonstrate the increasing importance of the BactoSense in the drinking water industry. The findings and progress of ToDrinQ will be publicly available so that anyone interested can track the field-testing activities and results throughout Europe.