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.

Cyclone Marcia: Rockhampton region water quality improving

ABC News | March 17, 2015 | Paul Robinson & Jacquie Mackay

Rockhampton’s Mayor says the quality of the central Queensland region’s water has improved in the past few days.

Cyclone Marcia caused fallen trees in the Alligator Creek to rot and cause discolouration and odours in the water.

The council has made clean water available to residents concerned about the quality.  Continue reading…

2015 Australian Water Directory digital edition out now

AWA E-News 16 March 2015

The 2015 Directory has a fresh new look but is still packed with vital information for water industry professionals, including Organisational Listings, a Products & Services Guide, and a comprehensive overview of the many services and benefits offered by AWA.

Click here to access AWA 2015 Directory

Click here to request the AWA Membership username and password from the Library

How antibiotic pollution of waterways creates superbugs

The Conversation Michael Gillings 12 March 2015

Humans pollute the world with many chemicals and some of these affect living things, even at very low concentrations. Endocrine-disrupting compounds, which interfere with hormones, are a good example, but recently more concern has been raised about pollution with antibiotics.

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Legionella bacteria found in outback Qld hospital

ABC News Chrissy Arthur 9 March 2015

Health authorities say traces of legionella found in a south-west Queensland hospital’s water supply should not cause alarm.

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NT Hawke Report on hydraulic fracturing released

AWA E-News 2 March 2015

The Hawke Report into hydraulic fracturing has been tabled in Parliament and the public will now have an opportunity to provide feedback on its findings. “The Inquiry aimed to separate the actual environmental risks from the perceived risks and clear up some of the claims about fracking that have caused significant public concern.” More than 250 submissions were received, including one from AWA. The two key recommendations are: 1. Consistent with other Australian and international reviews, the environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing can be managed effectively subject to the creation of a robust regulatory regime. 2. The substantive weight of agreed expert opinion leads the Inquiry to find that there is no justification whatsoever for the imposition of a moratorium of hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory.

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Download Hawke Report – Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry

“CSIRO: What technology will the Water Industry be buying tomorrow?”

Australian Water Association – 11 March 2015; Ship Inn South Brisbane

Speaker: Dr Tim Muster – Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Land & Water

Since the inception of the water industry, technology has been trialled and implemented to optimise efficiency, quality and security. The acceptance and usage of technology goes through a journey of rigours testing, research and proving before wide scale implementation is generally accepted. The focus of this talk is to provide insight on how a research organisation decides if a topic is worthy of research, and subsequently how it advances and brings technology to the market place.

Examples of successes and failures will be divulged with the audience. In addition, research that was parked till a future date will be explored  and CSIRO will speak on the following current research topics:
Sewer Sentinel – a journey over time
Intelligent and smart water meters
Developing technology vs developing a market for the technology.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. CSIRO are at the forefront of research in Australia. The CSIRO strategic vision is that their science is used to make a profound and positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity.

Free to AWA members (FSS is a member)

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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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