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.

Dog waste contaminates our waterways: A new test could reveal how big the problem is

(American Chemical Society 1 October 2014) Americans love their dogs, but they don’t always love to pick up after them. And that’s a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria — including antibiotic-resistant strains — that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern, according to a report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Read EurekAlert Summary

Request the source article from Information & Research Services (QH Staff only)

Hospital bungle led to toddler’s death

Townsville Bulletin | Cairns Post Daniel Bateman 7 October 2014

THE coroner is expected to hold an inquest into the death of a boy whose illness was misdiagnosed and not treated properly by medical staff at Mount Isa Hospital. Kesler Lee James, 5, passed away at the hospital on February 25, 2012 after suffering from a respiratory disease.

Forensic medical officer Dr Leslie Griffiths, wrote Kesler’s treatment in Townsville was “appropriate and in accordance with guidelines for the diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever.”

Read more:

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Forum – Conference Alert

The Ship Inn, Brisbane, 26 November 2014

The demand on water resources across the energy, agricultural and urban water sectors is ever increasing, and is a constant challenge in managing sustainable water supply.

Instead of working independently, a more coherent approach is needed to develop workable solutions to the myriad challenges faced by these industries. Businesses together with government, NGOs, academia and civil society can and should play a role in this new understanding.

The Forum will focus on three key themes of the water-energy-food nexus:

  • Responsible governance of natural resources
  • Collaborative policy and practice
  • Economic growth and the way forward

Bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and engaging leaders from the water, agricultural and energy sectors, the Forum presents a unique opportunity to share inter-related expertise. This multi-sectoral event enables attendees to build relationships outside their traditional industry and workshop new ways of balancing the nexus.

View forum website for further information and to download preliminary program

AWA National Operations Conference – Conference Alert

28-30 October 2014, Cairns Convention Centre

 Affordability, liveability and sensitivity – operations in the twenty teens.

With the tightening of funds for water operations nationally, it is imperative that we innovate and optimise the way we work like never before. This will ensure we continue to provide best value for money for our customers, while not reducing our quality standards.

With the 2014 Conference being held in Cairns and the mounting damage of the nearby Great Barrier Reef as a reminder, we are taking a strong focus on the environmental obligation in the sustainability of our operations. As emerging industries come to fruition, e.g. mining, agribusiness and tourism, we need to ensure the future national prosperity is balanced carefully with sustainable water usage and environmental protection.

View conference website for further information and to download draft program

Note: Sponsorship information is also available.

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.

Read more

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.

Read more