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Public meetings in outback Queensland relieve anxiety about waterborne ‘brain-eating’ parasite

ABC News | ABC Western Qld Blythe Moore 20 November 2015

Public health specialist Dr Kerryn Coleman, of Central Queensland Public Health, delivered information sessions in Winton, Longreach and Barcaldine in recent days.   Dr Coleman said the information session in Winton was particularly well attended, and she was optimistic the information provided had helped to put people’s minds at ease.

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Rural communities warned to chlorinate after waterborne brain-eating parasite kills three children

ABC News |   Australian Story Kristin Murray 9 November 2015

Regional communities are being advised to chlorinate their house water after a third child death from a “brain-eating parasite”.   The amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, thrives in warm fresh water across large parts of inland Australia.

One-year-old Cash Keough, from Judith Royl station in north-west Queensland, died in April this year.    Cash is the third child to die in the Winton-Richmond area — half-way between Townsville and Mount Isa — in Queensland.

Clinical microbiologist Dr Robert Norton said: “On the inside there is a very thin slither of bone that separates the outside brain from the surface, and in children this bone is underdeveloped.

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Race royalty face massive fines as the council investigates toxic flow into lake

Gold Coast Bulletin ANDREW POTTS November 06, 2015

RACEHORSE owners who allow toxic effluent from their stables near the Gold Coast Turf Club to flow into a nearby waterhole have been threatened with fines of more than $200,000.
Mayor Tom Tate has ordered a city council investigation into properties neighbouring the racing precinct and says the state’s environment department will be called in if necessary.
This follows a move by the council to spend more than $85,000 to clean up the waterhole, dubbed “Black Swan Lake” which has been used for decades as a holding pond for effluent from the stables.

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End to contaminated drinking water

(Technical University of Denmark 7 October 2015) As things stand, a suspected contamination of drinking water requires that a technician first be sent out to take samples from the water supply. The samples are then cultured and analysed in the laboratory. Only after several days does it become clear whether the water is contaminated and which bacterium is the offender.

Now, however, three former Technical University of Denmark (DTU) students have developed a bio sensor that can measure bacteria levels in the water supply in real time, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Ben-Gurion U. and MIT researchers develop rapid method for water, soil pathogen screening

(American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 8 October 2015) The study, published online in the Water, Air & Soil Pollution journal (Springer) defines an accurate, inexpensive, high-throughput, and rapid alternative for screening of pathogens from various environmental samples. ‘This is the first study to comprehensively assess pathogen concentrations in such a broad variety of environmental sample types while achieving multiple pathogen detection with complete parallel testing by standard (or traditional) methods,’ Orlofsky explains.

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Recycled sewage plant water connected to drinking supply at Mt Ridley College Craigieburn 27 October 2015

SENIOR students at a Melbourne school have been unknowingly drinking water recycled from a sewerage treatment plant.

It’s unclear how long students at Mt Ridley College in Craigieburn have been drinking the recycled water, which is normally used for flushing toilets and watering gardens.

The drinking water supply had been connected to recycled water pipe that came from a sewerage treatment plant.

QWater’15 Conference & Exhibition – Conference Alert

Grand Chancellor Hotel, 11-12 November 2015, Brisbane

The conference and exhibition will be held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Brisbane and will provide a forum for the discussion and sharing of water related information and ideas that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

Our keynote speakers include:
• Hon Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
• Graham Hawke, Deputy Director – Bureau of Meteorology
• Peter Dennis, CEO, Seqwater
• Richard Petterson, Executive Leader Operations & Service Delivery – Queensland Urban Utilities

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