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: http://healthywaterways.org/report-card
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.”
Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-10/aabu-bua100815.php
Link to abstract in Water, Air & Soil Pollution journal: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11270-015-2560-x
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The Courier Mail Megan Palin news.com.au 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”, news.com.au has been told.
Palm Island is located about 65km northwest of Townsville, off the coast of Queensland and home to about 4000 residents.
Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/this-queensland-island-is-about-to-dry-up-causing-residents-to-bathe-in-and-drink-dirty-water/story-fnihsrf2-1227560443948?from=public_rss
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.
Table of Contents | Volume 83, Pages 1-414 (15 October 2015)
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