Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Waters are more polluted than tests say

(Technical University of Munich (TUM) 30 November 2015) Bodies of water are ‘sinks’, and thereby bind contaminants particularly well. If even slightly toxic concentrations in water are to be detected, the growth and swimming behavior of small crustaceans and copepods should be used for ecotoxicological assessments. This was the conclusion of a scientist from the TUM, who carried out a number of studies on the subject. She also confirmed that it is more informative to test several substances on various aquatic species, rather than carrying out individual toxicity tests.

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Longreach residents warned to boil drinking water after partially treated water enters system

ABC News Ash Moore 30 November 2015

The water coming from the taps in Longreach has been murky looking all weekend.

Longreach Regional Council said partially treated water entered the system after a mechanical fault at the treatment plant.

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Better catalysts will remove carcinogenic chlorine compounds from water

(Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences 19 November 2015) The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw has just unveiled two new catalysts developed in close cooperation with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. The catalysts have been designed with the effective treatment of tap water in mind, eliminating harmful chlorine compounds.

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Today’s disposable society: Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern

(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 12 November 2015) An increasing amount of drugs taken by humans and animals make it into streams and waterways, and pharmaceutical pollution has had catastrophic ecosystem consequences despite low levels of concentration in the environment. The effect of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern on the environment will be addressed in a special issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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Schoenfuss HL, Furlong ET, Philips PJ, Scott T, Kolpin DW, Cetkovic-Cvrlje M, Lesteberg KE, Rearick DC. 2015. Complex mixtures, complex responses: Assessing pharmaceutical mixtures using field and laboratory approaches

Batt AL, Kincaid T, Kostich MS, Lazorchak J, Olsen AR. 2015. Evaluating the extent of pharmaceuticals in United States surface waters using a national scale rivers and streams assessment survey

Masoner JR, Kolpin DW, Furlong ET, Cozzarelli IM, Gray JL. 2015. Landfill leachate as a mirror of today’s disposable society: Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern in final leachate from landfills in the conterminous United States.

Dirty pipeline: Methane from fracking sites can flow to abandoned wells, new study shows

(University of Vermont 20 October 2015) A new study funded by the National Science Foundation shows that abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured, a significant finding given the current debate over new EPA rules regulating fracking-related release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Drug residues in wastewater: Private households mainly responsible

(Leuphana Universität Lüneburg 19 October 2015) Sustainability researchers at Leuphana University of Lueneburg have found that most drug residues discharged to wastewater come from private households. As contributors of pollution by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), health establishments, such as hospitals, psychiatric and nursing facilities are hardly worth mentioning. They merely discharge a small amount, and only at local level, of these significant contaminating substances to wastewater.

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North Queensland rural dentist advocates fluoridated water in outback mining town

ABC News Sophie Kesteven 29 October 2015

A dentist working in an outback Queensland mining town is advocating for fluoridated water after witnessing a large proportion of young children with extensive tooth decay.
General dentist Dr Ralph Kelsey moved to the small mining town of Glenden in north Queensland last year.
Prior to that he practised as a dentist in Brisbane for 25 years.
While he enjoys the country change, Dr Kelsey was concerned about the number of young children with extensive tooth decay.
“It is a combination of oral hygiene habits, their diet and the fact that there is no fluoridated water supply in Glenden,” Dr Kelsey said.

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