Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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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.

CSIRO head Larry Marshall defends climate research cuts as angry scientists protest in Melbourne

Sydney Morning Herald 8 February 2016

CSIRO head Larry Marshall has sought to defend deep cuts to climate science programs after days of sustained criticism, saying global warming research was “one piece of a much larger puzzle” in solving Australia’s biggest challenges.

His defence came as dozens of scientists, including some whose jobs are under threat at CSIRO, rallied in Melbourne, warning the cuts would hurt Australia’s ability to address the climate change threat.

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CSIRO cuts draw wide-ranging ire

Australian Water Association [5 February 2016?]

Plans for a sweeping revamp of the CSIRO’s climate and water divisions have been met with a hail of criticism, with up to 350 positions in the firing line.

Recently installed CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall wrote to staff on Thursday morning with news of an organisational restructure that would affect 350 positions over the next two years, primarily in the Oceans and Atmosphere and Land and Water divisions.

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Air travellers could drink ‘battery water’ AAP 2 February 2016

Passengers with a low-cost airline could be served water created as a waste product from hydrogen batteries under plans for a zero-emissions fuel system.

Budget airline easyJet made the claim as it unveiled designs for a hybrid plane which could be trialled this year.

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Legionella bacteria: Brisbane’s Mater Hospital water systems test positive

ABC News 5 February 2016

Tests have confirmed traces of legionella bacteria in the water system of the Mater Private Hospital in South Brisbane.   The State Government is now moving to strengthen reporting laws.  The proposed legislation would include penalties for hospitals and aged care homes that do not follow the new rules.

Queensland Health said safety measures remained in place at a Hervey Bay health centre after another round of testing had returned a positive result for legionella bacteria.

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Mater Private Hospital legionella testing finds signs of bacteria

Brisbane Times Jorge Branco February 5, 2016

Staff at a Brisbane hospital have been told not to let at-risk patients use showers or sinks after signs of legionella were detected in the water system.|
The warning to Mater Private Hospital workers comes a week and a half after a patient tested positive to the potentially deadly bacteria, sparking a rigorous testing regime.
Queensland’s chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young on Thursday said the hospital had run more than 200 tests throughout its water system but was still awaiting results.

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Legionella testing to be required at all Queensland hospitals, aged care homes

ABC News Stephanie Smail 3 Feb. 2016

All Queensland hospitals and aged care homes will be forced to regularly test for the potentially deadly legionella bacteria and publicly report results under proposed state laws.
A string of hospitals have recently returned positive results for legionella bacteria, including the Mater Private Hospital and the Wesley Hospital, where a man also died from the bacteria in 2013.
Since the death, public hospitals have been regularly testing, but not publicly reporting. Aged care facilities and private hospitals however were not required to notify the Health Department of a positive result.

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Gladstone Harbour health rated satisfactory in latest Healthy Harbour Partnership report card

ABC News Alyse Edwards, Harriet Tatham, Jess Lodge 2 February 2016

The latest Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership report card ranked the region’s waterways as  “satisfactory” on environmental, economic, social and cultural health.

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