Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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Waterborne disease outbreaks | Epidemiology.
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Study calls for new global standard for safe drinking water and sanitation

EurekAlert January 20, 2015

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Jan. 20, 2015) – A new study conducted jointly by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calls for a new global standard for improvements in household drinking water and sanitation access.

The study highlights that current benchmarks for access, established by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP), treat water and sanitation differently, masking deficits in household water access. The JMP will soon set new targets for global progress in the Sustainable Development Goals, and the study’s results could significantly influence their development.

Findings of the study were published online Dec. 11, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE.

Does Global Progress on Sanitation Really Lag behind Water? An Analysis of Global Progress on Community- and Household-Level Access to Safe Water and Sanitation Oliver Cumming, Mark Elliott, Alycia Overbo, Jamie Bartram Research Article | published 11 Dec 2014 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0114699

Top 5 under 40 – giving a voice to science thinkers

University of NSW 3 December 2014

UNSW and ABC Radio National today launched Top 5 under 40, an exciting initiative to discover a new generation of science thinkers and give them a voice.

Applications are now open for outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40 who are working in Australian universities and research institutions across science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical research.

Apply now: Early-career researchers who meet the scheme’s criteria have until Friday 16 January 2015 to  apply online.

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Sewage spill closes Tasmanian oyster farms ahead of peak Christmas trade

ABC News 21 December 2014

A sewage spill has cost four southern Tasmanian oyster farmers hundreds of thousand of dollars in lost Christmas sales.  TasWater is analysing water samples from the area and investigating ways to prevent the overflow from happening again.

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Maudsland and Mt Nathan residents face water contamination issue

Gold Coast Bulletin 18 December 2014

RESIDENTS in the Maudsland and Mt Nathan areas are being asked to boil their water because of a contamination issue.

Council workers found the problem during routine water testing, with potential contamination of the piped water network in this area.

Queensland Health have been advised and it is anticipated that the will instruct a “boil water” alert.

Council staff are being sent to letterbox and door knock the area.

The affected area is roughly halfway along Maudsland Rd and past the junction of Nerang Beaudesert Rd.

100-day plan: Making a difference to Queensland’s water sector

Water Expert Panel: Smart ideas and innovations | Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply

WaterQ: a 30-year strategy for Queensland’s water sector was
released in June 2014. Its 30-year vision—for a sector that supports
increased productivity, economic growth, strong and healthy
communities and a valued natural environment—sets the roadmap
for Queensland’s water sector to address the challenges it faces now
and during the next 30 years.

This document presents seven Water Expert Panel recommendations

Download 100-day plan: Making a difference to Queensland’s water sector (16 pp)

New book in the library collection – Microbial growth in drinking-water supplies

Microbial Growth in Drinking-Water Supplies:  Problems, Causes, Control and Research Needs (2014) / Dirk van der Koojj (ed) & Paul W. J. J. van der Wielen.

Microbial Growth in Drinking Water Supplies provides an overview of the regrowth issue in different countries and the water quality problems related to regrowth. The book assesses the causes of regrowth in drinking water and the prevention of regrowth by water treatment and distribution.

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Algal problem a blooming worry at Fairfield Waters freshwater lake

Townsville Bulletin VICTORIA NUGENT  November 21, 2014

RESIDENTS are being warned to stay out of a freshwater lake at Fairfield Waters after a toxic blue-green algae killed 21 fish.
Water tests were carried out this week after a resident contacted Townsville City Council about the floating fish.
Deputy mayor Vern Veitch said algal blooms were common in the city’s lake during hot weather when water levels dropped.

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