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.

Scientists blast Abbott government water policies

Brisbane Tiems Peter Hannam 30 June 2014

Leading scientists have blasted the Abbott government’s decision to scrap key bodies overseeing water reforms amid plunging reservoir levels, a looming El Nino and the longer-range threat posed by climate change.

The government said in the federal budget it would scrap the previously bipartisan-backed National Water Commission set up by the Howard government, and last year cut COAG’s Standing Council on Environment and Water.

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Would You Drink Recycled Water? Exploring Options for SE QLD’s Future Water Supply

free Public Event to be held 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Qld State Library (Auditorium 2) Cultural Centre, South Bank.

•What role do different water sources play in securing a sustainable, long-term
water supply across a rapidly growing region such as SE Queensland?
•Is the infrastructure in a state where it could be rapidly deployed if needed?
•Should recycled water play a greater role in our water supply?

This meeting – sponsored by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering –  takes the form of brief introductions to these questions by an expert panel followed by a facilitated discussion with the audience and panel members.

Panel Members

Ms Leith Boully {Commissioner, National Water Commission;  Chair of Health Waterways Ltd and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Water Recycling)

Prof Jurg Keller (Director, Advanced Water Management Centre at UQ)

Dr Stuart Khan (Lead author of Drinking water through recycling: the benefits and costs of supplying direct to the distribution system)

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NSW Government examining reports by the Independent Chief Scientist and Engineer

NSW Minister for Resources and Energy; Special Minister of State. Media Release 3 June 2014

Minister for Resources and Energy, Anthony Roberts, said the NSW Government is examining two reports it has received from the independent NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane. Mr Roberts said the first report, Cumulative Impacts on ground and surface water in the Sydney Water Catchment, analysed the impacts of activities in the Sydney Water Catchment, in particular the impact of long wall mining and coal seam gas activities.

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A tsunami and no water to drink: how disaster inspired lifesaving invention

The Guardian UK Shane Hickey 2 June 2014

Handheld water filtration system used by hill walkers, British soldiers in Afghanistan, and communities in the developing world is described.

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Scientists turn manure into water

ScienceAlert Australia 1 June 2014

Would you drink water made of cow manure? Could you tell the difference? Researchers have developed a method that turns cow poop into drinkable water.

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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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