Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

Focus on Queensland news.
Safe drinking water, medical uses (e.g. dialysis), recreational water and recycled water.
Identification of bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens in Queensland water supplies.
Cryptosporidium | Giardia | Clostridium | Legionnella.
Water quality in relation to Spa pools | Swimming pools | Coliform bacteria | Faecal coliforms.
Waterborne disease outbreaks | Epidemiology.
Journal articles have a broader geographic scope.

Australian Institute of Marine Science report shows farming run-off hurting Great Barrier Reef health JOHN MCCARTHY  May 30, 2014

MILLIONS of tonnes of farm-based and naturally occurring pollutants are flooding the Great Barrier Reef each year, choking sea grasses, starving marine life and killing coral, a scientific report shows.
The resources industry seized on the report from the Federal Government’s Australian Institute of Marine Science to claim the environmentalists’ campaign was aimed at ruining the industry.

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AIMS press release

Link to article in Marine Pollution Bulletin


The AWA 2014 Australian Water Directory is the 25th edition of this handy publication and for your convenience is now available as a digital edition. The Directory is an invaluable resource and reference tool for the Australian water industry, with a comprehensive Who’s Who of water organisations, Products & Services Guide, Organisation Listings and up-to-date Australian water information and statistics.

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Windshield washer fluid a source of Legionnaires

(American Society for Microbiology 18 May 2014) A form of bacteria responsible for respiratory illness, including the deadly pneumonia known as Legionnaire’s disease, may be able to grow in windshield washer fluid and was isolated from nearly 75 percent of school buses tested in one district in Arizona, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

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Science Talks to Industry – Water RA Research Symposium

16-17 July 2014;  Olderfleet Building, 477 Collins Street Melbourne

This two-day event will provide updates on some exciting industry-funded and relevant research involving leading Australian and international teams.
The keynote speaker on day one is Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb. Also on day one is the second Extreme Event Hypothetical – a must for Industry decision-makers.

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Extreme Event hypothetical flyer


Call for key functions to remain as National Water Commission abolished

AWA Media Release 13 May 2014

The budget confirmed that the National Water Commission (NWC) will be abolished, an agency that has provided fearless advice, monitoring and leadership on water management in Australia. Australian Water Association (AWA) Chief Executive, Jonathan McKeown, and Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) Executive Director, Adam Lovell, said the decision was disappointing given the NWC has achieved a great deal in providing national leadership and administering the National Water Initiative (NWI), Australia’s blueprint for water reform.

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CSG Technical Workshop followed by Water in Mining and Energy Regulation Briefing

17 June 2014, Brisbane

This CSG Workshop will address a range of issues relating to the management, treatment and beneficial use of CSG water. The speakers will explore some of the practical operational experiences of the CSG industry to date in managing water infrastructure and some of the successful outcomes which have been achieved. There will be four presentations from industry practitioners, followed by an opportunity to network over drinks and canapés.


  • Julian Long, Water Solutions Development Manager, Origin Energy
  • Brian Hester, Technical Specialist – Drinking Water Quality, Seqwater.  
    “Managing Changes in Raw Water to Optimise Treatment Performance”
  • Two other leading CSG Water Practitioners will present, with topics being confirmed

The evening briefing will address pertinent changes in the regulations regarding water management in the resources sector. You will hear regulatory perspectives and legal overviews on relevant federal and state legislation, followed by an opportunity to network over drinks and canapés.

For further information please contact:

Kim Wuyts
02 9467 8417

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Victoria’s Health Department is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Altona North area.

ABC News 9 May 2014

Victoria’s Health Department is investigating three cases of legionnaires’ disease in the Altona North area in Melbourne’s south-west.

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Gladstone dredging project inquiry finds conditions on port expansion too vague to be enforced

ABC News William Rollo 9 May 2014

An independent inquiry into a major dredging project in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area has found environmental conditions on a central Queensland port expansion were too vague to be enforced.
The Federal Government commissioned a scientific inquiry into the Gladstone Port dredging project.

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Link to Review

A water test for the world

EurekAlert Wade Hemsworth 28 April 2014

Inspiration can come in many forms, but this one truly was a breath of fresh air.

A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing by turning the process upside-down.

Instead of shipping water to the lab, they have created a way to take the lab to the water, putting potentially life-saving technology into the hands of everyday people.

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Conference Alert – IWES Gold Coast 14-18 July 2014

IWES is running at the Gold Coast throughout the week of 14-18 July 2014. There is an extensive program of courses in water, wastewater and environmental management. IWES (owned by the University of Qld) is the largest and most successful continuing education program for professionals responsible for industry environmental performance in Australia.

Content includes drinking water guidelines, coal seam gas water management and contaminated site management

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