Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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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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The water industry needs to join the fight against superbugs

The Conversation Peter Fisher, Peter Collignon 9 February 2015

Treatment plants’ ability to strip out waste drugs varies enormously according to age, level of expertise and design standard. Even the best ones don’t remove all foreign chemicals. Advanced treatment processes are designed more for removing pathogens than for breaking down molecules, although chlorination and what’s known in the trade as “ozonation” do have some ability to change the chemistry of drug molecules (to exactly what is unclear).

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AWA 2015 Water Innovation Forum

The Australian Water Association is holding its inaugural Innovation Forum in March, showcasing the best water innovations and technologies across the water, construction, food and beverage and agricultural industries and highlighting opportunities for water innovation across these sectors.

The event will feature a conference, exhibition, training workshop, networking events, and innovation pitch sessions.

This is your chance to hear from some of Australia’s leaders in innovation including:

  • Prof. Ian Chubb – Australia’s Chief Scientist
  • Candice Quatermain – Program Director Circular Economy Australia
  • Kevin Russo – Partner, Deloitte Consulting
  • Jeremy Daunay – Innovation Leader, ijinus

The program also includes an optional four-hour Technology Commercialisation and Adoption Workshop. The Workshop will give innovators the opportunity to engage in a dynamic format and receive advice on the best way to present the value proposition of their solution. It will provide support by giving guidance in IP protection and customer insights, reviewing marketing pitches, and advice from experts who will share their experiences of success.

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New hygiene rules at Strand Water Park to stop illness

The Townsville Bulletin |  February3, 2015  | Rachel Afflick

A NEW hygiene crackdown will be enforced at The Strand Water Park to ensure there is no repeat of an incident where dozens of people fell sick with vomiting and diarrhoea.

Young children will be required to wear nappies or swim pants at all times at the facilities, with council claiming “patron behaviour” may have contributed to the mass illness suffered by residents who used the facility on Australia Day.  Continue reading…

Water Park open for business after vomiting and diarrhoea

Townsville Bulletin RACHEL AFFLICK  January 29, 2015

THE Strand water park will open today despite fears dozens of children were struck down with severe vomiting and diarrhoea after playing at the popular Townsville ­attraction.
Several families claim their children became violently ill after playing under the water park’s iconic “big bucket” on Australia Day.
But the Townsville City Council said the facility would reopen today after routine maintenance caused its closure yesterday.

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AWA Specialist Network Linkedin Groups

AWA E-News 27 January 2015

AWA have set up Linkedin sub-groups for each of our specialist networks for you to share the latest news and information, and build relationships with like-minded members. To join visit the AWA group and click on ‘view sub-groups’.

Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis was set up in January 2015 with topics of interest to  include:
– On-line Sensors
– Analytical Chemistry
– Microbiological and Molecular Techniques
– Information Systems
– Deployment Technologies
– Process Verification
– Emerging Technologies
– Standards Development

Visit the AWA’s  Water Quality Monitoring and Analysis speciality group on LinkedIn

Study calls for new global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation

EurekAlert January 20, 2015

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 20, 2015) – A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access.

The study highlights that current benchmarks for access, established by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), treat water and sanitation differently, masking deficits in household water access. The JMP will soon set new targets for global progress in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the study’s results could significantly influence their development.

Findings of the study were published online Dec. 11, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE.

Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag behind Water? An Analysis of Global Progress on Community- and Household-Level Access to Safe Water and Sanitation Oliver Cumming, Mark Elliott, Alycia Overbo, Jamie Bartram Research Article | published 11 Dec 2014 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0114699

Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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