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.

York U invention promises rapid detection of E. coli in water

(York University 17 May 2016) The new technology has cut down the time taken to detect E. coli from a few days to just a couple of hours. It is also an inexpensive way to test drinking water (C$3 per test estimated), which is a boon for many developing countries, as much as it is for remote areas of Canada’s North.

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WA Government urged to fix contaminated water supplies in remote Indigenous communities

ABC News Erin Parke 23 May 2016

Residents in remote WA communities have urged the State Government to fix their drinking water supplies, some of which have been contaminated with deadly bacteria and chemicals for decades.  The extent of the problem was detailed in an auditor-general’s report released in May last year.

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Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water

EurekAlert Uppsala University 18-May-2016

A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a unique layered internal architecture resembling that of the French puff pastry mille-feuille (Eng. thousand leaves).

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AWA North Queensland Regional Conference

Securing Our Water Future: Ensuring sustainable water supply, environmental management, and economic development in North QLD. Townsville 21 & 22 July 2016

The program will present a broad range of papers relating to drought and water security, nutrient runoff, the Great Barrier Reef impacts, significance of point and non-point sources, northern Australia development, collaboration and operational and maintenance concerns for water utilities and other organisations. More than 100 delegates are expected for this important regional event.

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Legionnaires’ disease outbreak prompts major health warning for Sydney Liz Burke May 5, 2016

WATER coolers in the Sydney CBD have become potential sources of a deadly infection as an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease sweeps the city’s bustling business hub.
Council and public health workers will be inspecting dozens of cooling towers as one person fights for life and two others remain hospitalised since contracting the infection in the past week.
The outbreak follows another in March, which saw an elderly man die from the disease.

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Great Barrier Reef water quality projects to be fully funded by Commonwealth: Greg Hunt

ABC News 26 April 2016

An extra $50 million will be spent on new projects to improve water quality on the Great Barrier Reef, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

Australian Water Quality Centre [Advertioria]

Responding to customer demand, AWQC has opened its Melbourne laboratory to better service the time-critical analytical needs of the Victorian water industry. With over 80 years’ experience, AWQC’s specialist water utility services are dedicated to ensuring public health through the analysis of water and wastewater across the complete water cycle.

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