Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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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.
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Australia’s future depends on a strong science focus today

The Conversation Ian Chubb 11 February 2014

Science and the knowledge it provides, along with its applications, will help us manage, mitigate, adapt or even discover solutions to the problems we know about, and allow us to tackle others as they emerge. It is not a big stretch to suggest that science will be close to the core of most of the “solutions” we develop.

We approached 12 senior figures in a range of disciplines and invited them each to prepare a 1,200-word piece answering the question: how will your discipline/area help to realise this aspiration?

To broaden the perspective, we invited two other experts to write 200-word comments on the same question – not critiques of the longer article, but their view.

The series will be co-published in The Conversation and through the Office of the Chief Scientist.

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Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

(Rice University 6 February 2014) Bioengineers at Rice University have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact in developing countries.

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Abbot Point coal port dredge dump site to be moved after complaints from fishermen, tourism and heritage bodies

The Courier Mail Brian Williams 5 February 2014

AN ALTERNATIVE dredge spoil site has been found by port authorities to help ease concerns about the dumping of 3 million cubic metres of silt from the Abbot Point coal port expansion.

Six sites were identified by consultants contracted by North Queensland Bulk Ports as alternatives to the initial dumping ground, which drew complaints from fishermen, tourism and heritage lovers.

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Water row boils over

Townsville Bulletin Anthony Templeton 5 February 2014

TOWNSVILLE  City Council has secured a powerful ally in its push to save ratepayers ­millions of dollars by reducing the quality of wastewater being pumped into Cleveland Bay.

Ratepayers were up for an estimated $52 million to upgrade the Cleveland Bay waste­water treatment plant because of repairs and strict ­licence conditions that required a high level of purification, particularly during monsoonal rains when large volumes of water would need treatment.

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Climate change: ‘water supply at risk from back-to-back extreme events’

The Guardian Oliver Milman 22 January 2014

Increased incidence of extreme weather poses greatest danger to drinking water supply, say University of NSW experts.

More needs to be done to protect Australia’s drinking water supplies from extreme weather events driven by climate change, a new report has warned.  Analysis of 41 water utilities in Australia and the US found water quality was put at most risk by a combination of extreme weather events, such as bushfires and then a flood, rather than a single event.

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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approves plan to dump Abbot Point spoil

ABC News 31 January 2014

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved a proposal to dump dredge spoil from the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion in the Marine Park area.
Three million cubic metres of spoil must be dredged as part of the project at Bowen in North Queensland green-lighted by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt last month.

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Great Barrier Reef authority set to announce decision on dumping of Abbot Point coal port spoils

ABC News Jake Sturmer 31 January 2013

The agency responsible for protecting the Great Barrier Reef is expected to make a decision today about whether it approves a plan to dump millions of cubic metres of dredge spoils in the World Heritage Listed area.
The ABC has obtained a discussion paper prepared for the environment minister’s office in May last year showing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was likely to refuse the dredge-dumping plans.

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Hunt turns to CSIRO staff for ‘fearless’ advice on port

Brisbane Times  Tony Moore January 31, 2014

Two CSIRO scientists who last year found Gladstone Harbour to be healthy have been appointed to conduct a new independent inquiry into the harbour.
On Thursday Environment Minister Greg Hunt appointed Anthea Tinney and Ian Cresswell to help Andrew Johnson investigate how the protective bund wall in Gladstone leaked toxic dredge spoil in 2011.
On Friday the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will decide whether to allow dredge spoil from the Abbot Point to be dumped inside the reef’s marine park.

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Scientists lobby Great Barrier Reef authority to halt Abbot Point coal port expansion

ABC News 29 Jan 2014

More than 200 scientists are urging the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to reject a major port expansion in north Queensland.
In December, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave the go-ahead to the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion at Bowen in north Queensland.

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Gladstone port inquiry requires ‘prompt turnaround’

Brisbane Times Tony Moore 28 January 2014

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt will this week reveal details of a major inquiry into the leaking of dredge spoil onto the Great Barrier Reef.

The Port of Gladstone is being widened and deepened to allow the export of about $35 billion worth of liquid natural gas piped from central Queensland.

The terms of reference for the upcoming independent inquiry into the port’s failed bund wall will demand a ‘‘prompt turnaround’’ for the report.

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