Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Dumping dredge spoil on land may still threaten Great Barrier Reef, independent report says

ABC News Allyson Horn and Isobel Roe 25 March 2015

An independent report into the effects of dredging has warned on-land disposal of spoil could still threaten the Great Barrier Reef.
The report, commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, compiled all current knowledge about dredging and was written by a panel of 19 scientists and experts.
It said previous assumptions about the effect of “dredge plumes” on the Great Barrier Reef might have been underestimated.
The report found acids and salts could leech back into waters if not monitored correctly and that sediment could change the biological values of the World Heritage Area.

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Chlorine use in sewage treatment could promote antibiotic resistance

(American Chemical Society 22 March 2015) Chlorine, a disinfectant used in most wastewater treatment plants, may be failing to eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes. As a result, trace levels get discharged from the treatment plants into waterways. Now, scientists are reporting that chlorine treatment may encourage the formation of new, unknown antibiotics that could enter the environment, potentially contributing to the problem of antibiotic resistance. They will present the research at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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Analytical Test Could Underestimate Radioactivity In Fracking Wastewater

Chemical & Engineering News Deirdre Lockwood 6 March 2015

Water Quality: Study shows that a test commonly used to analyze drinking water is inappropriate for monitoring radium in the wastewater from hydraulic fracturing

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Finding out what’s in ‘fracking’ wastewater

(American Chemical Society 18 March 2015) In early January, almost 3 million gallons of wastewater from a hydraulic fracturing operation in North Dakota spilled into nearby creeks. The accident highlighted ongoing concerns about what’s in fracking fluids and wastewater, and whether they pose a threat to human health or the environment. An article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, details what scientists are doing to answer these questions.

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Women still find it tough to reach the top in science

The Conversation Sharon Bell 24 March 2015

Women are playing an increasing role in science today but there are still barriers that can prevent them from achieving success comparable to their male colleagues. This feeds the argument that there is a gender pay gap in earnings in science, although that doesn’t tell the full story of the challenges facing women scientists.

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Novel monitoring tools tackle chemical surface waters pollution

(Springer 13 March 2015) In the context of the Water Framework Directive, a European report on aquatic effect-based monitoring tools has been published with the aim of supporting the Directive’s monitoring programs: surveillance, operational and investigative. Published in Springer’s journal Environmental Sciences Europe, the paper ‘The European technical report on aquatic effect-based monitoring tools under the water framework directive’ summarizes the technical contents and findings of the report with the aim of strengthening the link between science and regulation.

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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.

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