Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Recycled water analysis, contamination by non-biological agents (eg, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products, endocrine disrupters, environmental nutrients.
Journal articles have a broader geographic scope.

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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TAML catalysts safely and effectively remove estrogenic compounds from wastewater

(Carnegie Mellon University 12 June 2015) Catalysts created by Carnegie Mellon University chemist Terrence J. Collins effectively and safely remove a potent and dangerous endocrine disruptor from wastewater. In a paper published in Scientific Reports, Collins’ research team and collaborators led by Brunel University London’s Susan Jobling and Rak Kanda demonstrate that the catalysts could be a viable option for large-scale water treatment.

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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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Claims Pirates of the Caribbean production tipping toxic waste into Gold Coast creek

Gold Coast Bulletin Shay6a Laughlin 27 June 2015

THE State Government is investigating allegations that the production of Pirates of the Caribbean has illegally let toxic liquids overflow into an Oxenford creek. The complaint includes photos of alleged paint and chemical residues overflowing into the creek behind Village Roadshow studios.  Chemicals leaked  into the water  included oil, acetone, paint, resin, polystyrene and expanding foam.

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DDT and herbicides found in Central Queensland dolphins

Brisbane Times Tony Moore June 24, 2015

Traces of the banned pesticide DDT and the man-made PCB chemicals have been found in dolphins in Gladstone Harbour, in the Whitsundays,Townsville and the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton, a long-time dolphin researcher said.
Daniele Cagnazzi, a post-doctoral researcher with Southern Cross University’s Marine Ecology Research Centre, has published his findings on contaminants found in dolphins.
Dr Cagnazzi said his findings suggest the chemicals were washed from fertilised fields and have been slowly absorbed by dolphins at the other end of the food chain.

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Detecting the undetectable: New chip identifies chemicals in ultratrace amounts

EurekAlert 18 June 2015

A George Washington University professor has designed new technology that can identify traces of chemicals at 10-19 moles, a previously undetectable amount. This minute quantity can be conceptualized as 10 times below a billionth of a billionth of a teaspoon of water.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-06/gwu-dtu061815.php

Water screening: International hunt for unknown molecules

EurekAlert 18 June 2015

The available options for quickly identifying unknown molecules in water have been limited in the past. But the principle of preventative screening is essential when testing surface waters, which frequently serve as drinking water sources. A key goal is “screening to prevent or at least quickly identify potential risks”.

Chemical analyses show that a single water sample can contain thousands different types of molecules. These substances stem from the surrounding environment, but are also introduced by humans in the form of industrial chemicals, pesticides, medications and household chemicals, as well as their respective degradation products. The amounts and composition of these molecules vary from region to region and from country to country, depending on the indigenous vegetation and the drugs, pesticides and chemicals approved for local use.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-06/tum-wsi061815.php

Brief description of the FOR-IDENT project: http://for-ident.hswt.de/pages/en/home.php?lang=EN
Brief description of the RISK-IDENT project: http://www.sww.bgu.tum.de/en/research/analytical-research-group/risk-ident-generally/