Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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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.

Includes statements of capabilities and facilities.

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Microbes offer waterway rehabilitation clarity

AWA Source 18 April 2016

Studies from the university’s Mine Water and Environment Research Centre have indicated that microbes would be far easier and cheaper to use in monitoring the health of rivers than the larger animals currently used, such as aquatic insects.

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Potentially dangerous marine bacteria found in Sydney Harbour April 13, 2016

A POTENTIALLY dangerous species of marine bacteria has been found in Sydney Harbour and swimmers are being told to take simple precautions.
According to a new study, two species of Vibrio bacteria were found in high concentrations when the water in the harbour was at its warmest and in areas where it was not as salty. This included around Parramatta Park, Olympic Park and Rozelle.
Vibrio bacteria can cause cholera but this strain was not found in the samples.
However, a related strain of the bacteria was found in high quantities and this can cause skin infections and gastrointestinal infections when exposed to open wounds.
Another strain Vibrio vulnificus was also found. This particular strain is known in the US for causing 95 per cent of all deaths from people eating contaminated seafood. It also causes flesh-eating infections in swimmers and this has killed up to half the people who developed the condition.

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Conference Alert – AWA North Queensland Regional Conference

Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville;  21-22 July 2016

This conference  will focus on the important topic of “Securing our water future”. It is about ensuring sustainable water supplies, whilst managing environmental concerns and economic development in North QLD.  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.

View conference webpage and Call for Papers

Which popular recreation lagoon has been contaminated with micro-organisms associated with faecal matter?

Albert & Logan News 7 April 2016

WARNING signs urging residents to avoid contact with the water have been erected around Tygum Lagoon at Waterford West.
Logan City Council has confirmed higher than acceptable levels of E.coli and enterococci were detected by Logan City Council water monitoring.
Chair of the Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee, Cr Lisa Bradley said recent water quality analysis had found that the lagoon was contaminated with micro-organisms normally associated with faecal matter.

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Cane grower says legumes are the key to protecting the Great Barrier Reef

6 April 2016

Could legume production be the key to improving water quality on the Great Barrier Reef?

Despite recent criticism that industry best management practice programs won’t deliver the water quality targets of the Reef 2050 Plan, Mr Mattsson has argued that greater use of legumes as a rotational crop for cane could help protect the reef’s future.