Category Archives: Water analysis – biological contamination

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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.
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Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics

(University of California – Berkeley 31 July 2015) UC Berkeley researchers used LEDs and a thin film of gold to turbocharge the heating and cooling cycles of the PCR test so results are ready in minutes, not hours. The innovation greatly expands the clinical and research applications of a workhorse lab tool used in forensics, medical diagnostics and more.

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Water Science & Technology – Contents Pages

Table of Contents  |  Volume 72 Number 1 2015

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Collapse at Clarence Colliery at Lithgow ‘equivalent to giant oil spill’, wilderness foundation says

ABC News 3 July 2015

Conservationists believe the collapse of a dividing wall at a coal mine in Lithgow is “equivalent to a giant oil spill”.

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) began investigating the incident yesterday and said at least 150 metres of the Wollangambe River was “showing signs of impact”.

The cause for the collapse at the Clarence Colliery is still unknown, as is the overall damage that might be done to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the boundary of which is within two kilometres of the mine.

Tracking the viral parasites cruising our waterways

(Michigan State University) Humans aren’t the only ones who like to cruise along the waterways, so do viruses. For the first time, a map of fecal viruses traveling our global waterways has been created using modeling methods to aid in assessing water quality worldwide.

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QWater’15 Conference – Conference Alert

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane – 11 – 12 November 2015

QWater is the biggest professional development, technical knowledge sharing and networking event on the Queensland water industry’s calendar. The conference provides a forum for discussing and sharing water related stories that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

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GWRC Emerging Contaminants and Pathogens Workshop report

Water Research Australia News 25 June 2015

Stuart Khan from UNSW, currently on sabbatical in Germany, represented WaterRA at a recent GWRC workshop – “Fate and Occurrence of Emerging Contaminants and Pathogens” in Karlsruhe (Germany) in early June. He has prepared this report on the meeting.  Major identified themes included microplastics, antibiotic resistance, risk assessment, microbial indicators,
an emerging contaminants research prioritisation decision making framework; and support for the standardisation of molecular methods for pathogen assessment.

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