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.

QWater’14 Conference – Conference Alert

7 – 8 November 2014;  Marriott Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

QWater is the professional development, technical knowledge sharing and networking event on the Queensland water industry’s calendar. The conference provides a forum for discussing and sharing water related stories that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

View conference website for further information and to download draft program

Water purifier made from foil chip packets and glass tube might save lives in PNG

ABC News Natalie Whiting 15 September 2014

Adelaide engineering students have developed a simple water treatment system using foil chip packets and glass tubing, hoping they can save lives in the developing world.

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Blackened water just won’t wash

Townsville Bulletin 12 September 2014

IT looks like water in a third world country – but this is Georgetown, a small township just 480km west of Townsville.   Photographs, tabled in parliament, show a child bathing in the dirty liquid, which locals say is destroying clothes and linens. The water supply was chlorinated about a decade ago after pathogens built up, but that chlorine was now oxidising minerals and turning the water brown.

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Great Barrier Reef: Senate report urges ‘cap or ban’ dredge spoil dumping inside marine park

ABC News Matt Eaton 4 September 2014

A bipartisan Senate committee has called for an immediate halt on approvals for dumping dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The committee’s report, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday night, recommended Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt examine placing a cap or a ban on further dredge spoil dumping within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

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Link to Senate Report – Management of the Great Barrier Reef


Revolutionary handheld DNA diagnostic unit allows lab-quality analysis in the field

(University of Otago 25 August 2014) A revolutionary handheld and battery-powered DNA diagnostic device invented at New Zealand’s University of Otago is poised to become a commonly used field tool for rapidly detecting suspected viruses or bacteria in samples while also determining the level of infection. It  also has many other potential uses, such as border security, forensics or environmental monitoring.

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Water expert panel for Queensland

Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply 21 August 2014

A panel of water experts has been appointed by the Queensland Government to help develop solutions to improve service delivery as part of WaterQ: a 30-year strategy for Queensland’s water sector. The Water Expert Panel has an advisory role and will provide recommendations to the Strategic Advisory Committee that oversees the implementation of WaterQ. The panel — chaired by Mark Pascoe, Chief Executive of the International Water Centre — will be responsible for identifying water sector innovation, research and development priorities and to prepare a work program, including the preparation of a 100-day plan.

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Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal goes Gold open access

(Royal Society of Chemistry 15 July 2014) The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 — making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship journal, Chemical Science, is going Gold open access from 2015 – making it the world’s first high-quality open access chemistry journal.  From January 2015 onwards, all new content in Chemical Science will be free for anyone to access.

To ease the transition to open access, the Royal Society of Chemistry is waiving all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for two years.

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View RSC Chemical Science webpage