Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

Focus on Queensland news.
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.

The newly evolved Healthy Waterways Report Card…

Healthy Waterways 22 October 2015

Chairman of the Healthy Waterways Executive Science Advisory Committee, Professor Stuart Bunn, said this holistic monitoring approach will set a new standard in environmental reporting and inspire action to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways.

2015 Healthy Waterways Report Card link:

Linking Google Scholar to Qld Health Ejournals

A slide presentation showing how easy it is to link to CKN journals from Google Scholar.

Source: Linking Google Scholar to Qld Health Ejournals  (NOTE: view this using Firefox rather than Internet Explorer)

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

EurekAlert  8-Oct-2015

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a highly sensitive, cost-effective technology for rapid bacterial pathogen screening of air, soil, water, and agricultural produce in as little as 24 hours.

According to Ezra Orlofsky Ph.D, who led the research while working on his doctorate at the BGU Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, “Rapid and reliable pathogen detection in field samples is critical for public health, security and environmental monitoring. Current methods used in food, water or clinical applications rely on labor and time-intensive culturing techniques while activities such as dairy farming, wastewater and runoff treatment necessitates real-time monitoring of pathogens in environment samples.”

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Link to abstract in Water, Air & Soil Pollution journal:

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This Queensland island is about to dry up, causing residents to bathe in and drink dirty water

The Courier Mail Megan Palin October 07, 2015

A TROPICAL island on the Great Barrier Reef is about to run out of water as its dams dry up and levels become so low that thousands of residents are forced to bathe in and drink contaminated water.
Many, including children and the elderly, have fallen ill; suffering nausea, diarrhoea and boils, since the water on Palm Island turned a “filthy, murky dark brown”, has been told.
Palm Island is located about 65km northwest of Townsville, off the coast of Queensland and home to about 4000 residents.

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Is rainwater for outdoor taps only?

Sydney Morning Herald Robin Powell UTS 15 September 2015

Research suggests many tanks don’t work and most of the rest have limited use.   Research has has found that up to half of tanks are not functioning. The pump is busted, the pipes clogged, the first flush mechanism isn’t working, or other problems have caused a malfunction that is yet to be addressed.

For most of those interviewed, tank water is not precious but dirty, and not appropriate for use in the house.

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Water Research – Contents Pages

Table of Contents  |   Volume 83, Pages 1-414 (15 October 2015)

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Introduction to CKN Resources – Training Webinar

Tuesday 15 September 3:30 pm

This 45 minute session will get you started with researching using CKN resources. We’ll cover how to search effectively across multiple resources with a single search; find evidence-based information; locate individual journals; and utilise specific resources suitable for your area of interest. We’ll also cover setting up alerts to monitor the latest research; and mobile access via your phone or tablet.

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You’ll need to sign-on to attend before the training commences by following the on-screen instructions. Once you have registered, the session information will be emailed to you from WebEx via a ‘meeting invitation’. You will need the information in this email to join the session. Please join the session 10-15 minutes before the start time.

Before you attend the session, we suggest you test that your computer is ‘capable’ of joining a WebEx meeting by going to this webpage and joining the test meeting:

  • If WebEx Meeting Centre or ActiveX need to be installed on your computer, you may need ‘Administrator Rights’ to do this – so we suggest you test this well in advance of the session.
  • For the session, you will need a computer with an internet connection, and either a headset (with earphones and a microphone) OR a telephone to dial in for the audio.
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