Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance

(American Chemical Society 22 March 2015) Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels get discharged from the treatment plants into waterways. Now, scientists are reporting that chlorine treatment may encourage the formation of new, unknown antibiotics that could enter the environment, potentially contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. They will present the research at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Women still find it tough to reach the top in science

The Conversation Sharon Bell 24 March 2015

Women are playing an increasing role in science today but there are still barriers that can prevent them from achieving success comparable to their male colleagues. This feeds the argument that there is a gender pay gap in earnings in science, although that doesn’t tell the full story of the challenges facing women scientists.

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Cyclone Marcia: Rockhampton region water quality improving

ABC News | March 17, 2015 | Paul Robinson & Jacquie Mackay

Rockhampton’s Mayor says the quality of the central Queensland region’s water has improved in the past few days.

Cyclone Marcia caused fallen trees in the Alligator Creek to rot and cause discolouration and odours in the water.

The council has made clean water available to residents concerned about the quality.  Continue reading…

2015 Australian Water Directory digital edition out now

AWA E-News 16 March 2015

The 2015 Directory has a fresh new look but is still packed with vital information for water industry professionals, including Organisational Listings, a Products & Services Guide, and a comprehensive overview of the many services and benefits offered by AWA.

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How antibiotic pollution of waterways creates superbugs

The Conversation Michael Gillings 12 March 2015

Humans pollute the world with many chemicals and some of these affect living things, even at very low concentrations. Endocrine-disrupting compounds, which interfere with hormones, are a good example, but recently more concern has been raised about pollution with antibiotics.

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Legionella bacteria found in outback Qld hospital

ABC News Chrissy Arthur 9 March 2015

Health authorities say traces of legionella found in a south-west Queensland hospital’s water supply should not cause alarm.

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NT Hawke Report on hydraulic fracturing released

AWA E-News 2 March 2015

The Hawke Report into hydraulic fracturing has been tabled in Parliament and the public will now have an opportunity to provide feedback on its findings. “The Inquiry aimed to separate the actual environmental risks from the perceived risks and clear up some of the claims about fracking that have caused significant public concern.” More than 250 submissions were received, including one from AWA. The two key recommendations are: 1. Consistent with other Australian and international reviews, the environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing can be managed effectively subject to the creation of a robust regulatory regime. 2. The substantive weight of agreed expert opinion leads the Inquiry to find that there is no justification whatsoever for the imposition of a moratorium of hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory.

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