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Michèle Prévost

Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering


Dr. Prevost has more than 25 years of experience in research and technology in the areas of drinking water treatment and distribution. She holds an Industrial Chair on Drinking Water of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) at the Department of Civil Engineering of Polytechnique Montreal and founded the CREDEAU laboratory, a unique water technology platform. Dr. Prévost has completed applied R&D on source protection (discharge characterization, detection of emerging contaminants, risk assessment), water treatment (disinfection, biological treatment, high rate filtration, nitrification, oxidation of emerging contaminants such as toxins, hormones and pharmaceuticals, etc.) and various aspects of distribution systems (biostability, pathogen regrowth, integrity & intrusion, Legionella control, hydraulic and quality modeling). Recently, she has directed large Canadian initiatives such as the program to reduce lead at the tap through a suite of laboratory, field and epidemiological studies. Since 2009, she has led the Canadian based cooperative research on cyanobacteria and toxin treatment with utilities and established strong links with Australian experts on cyanobacteria detection and treatment (UNSW and AWQC). With extensive industrial experience in consulting and technology development with manufacturers, Dr. Prevost has also been active in numerous technical advisory committees to utilities and international organizations. She is the 2016 recipient of the A. P. BLACK award of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for outstandinresearch contributions to water science and water supply renderedoveran appreciable period oftime.


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