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Lead in drinking water - enHealth advisory

In July 2018, the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) issued a statement about the risk of lead in drinking water from plumbing materials. The advice included: using only water from cold taps for drinking and cooking flushing cold water taps used for drinking and cooking for about 30 seconds first thing in the morning to draw fresh water through the tap flushing cold water taps used for drinking and cooking for about 2 to 3 minutes after long periods of non-use, such as return from holidays; this ‘flushed’ water can be collected and used for washing up choosing plumbing products that have been certified to WaterMark and AS/NZS 4020:2005; and/or have low lead content or are lea

The Viridis of Oz and Water Aid

Earlier this month the Viridis team unleashed our wits and wisdom on our unsuspecting water industry comrades under the guise of the ‘Viridis of Oz’ at the WaterAid Trivia Night. After much consideration on how to celebrate the silly season, we decided there could be no better way to celebrate the year that was than a good old-fashioned battle of the minds in honour of a fantastic cause. And so the ‘A’ team brought our ‘A’ game as we descended on the Fox Hotel that fateful Friday afternoon, determined to show what we were made of and return triumphantly with the highly desirable Water Aid Trivia Trophy. Two rounds in and we thought it was in the bag. While we weren’t quite in the number one

EWB Engineering on Country Commitment

Yesterday, Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) announced their end of year campaign Engineering on Country. The Engineering on Country program aims to address the deep inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Safe and reliable access to water is something Australians expect, however for some remote communities don’t have this level of access. A 2017 project conducted by the University of Queensland in calibration with WaterAid regarding health and water in remote Indigenous communities aims to understand the status of one of the UN's sustainable development goals (SDG6) in remote Australia. Their report outlines the current status of water, sanitation and hyg

Maintaining hygiene during network maintenance

When thinking about water quality, treatment process are a focal point for ensuring water safety. While treatment processes are a major component of delivering safe water, it is important to remember that treatment is but one component in an integrated system for delivering safe water to customers. The reticulation network serves two main purposes in a drinking water supply system: • Transport of water within the network • Acting as a protective barrier against the ingress of pathogens and contaminants into the network. The role of providing a protective barrier is crucial to maintaining water safety, as chlorine residual within the network is often not sufficient to provide protection

 

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