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31 May 2019

Colour is an often misunderstood water quality parameter. Colour is present in most surface and ground water sources. While colour can be the result of dissolved or suspended contaminants, colour in surface water is generally caused by dissolved organic matter. In mana...

29 Mar 2019

Backflow prevention is crucial to maintain hygiene in drinking water supplies. The first efforts to address backflow risks date back to 1930, with pressure vacuum breakers developed and installed for some connections in Los Angeles. The first (recorded) widespread inci...

28 Mar 2019

The QLD Water Directorate hosted the Technical Forum in March, which focussed on training in the water industry.

Operators are the most important resource for our industry, and are responsible for the health and well-being of the whole community and ensuring we have a t...

With recent soaring temperatures and seasonal rainfall, conditions are just right for Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) levels to rise within reticulation networks.

What are they?

As the name suggests, DBPs are by-products from the chemical reaction of disinfecting agents...

28 Feb 2019

Filtration is an important step in drinking water treatment, especially where the source water is not from a fully protected catchment and has a pathogen risk. It is the process of passing water through material (e.g. sand or other granular substance) to remove particu...

4 Feb 2019

Groundwater is an important and vital source of drinking water in Australia. Geosciences Australia (link) report that Australia's use of groundwater has increased significantly over recent decades. For example, in the 13 years from 1983 to 1996, our national reliance o...

30 Nov 2018

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 use...

30 Nov 2018

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 deliv...

30 Oct 2018

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such...

There is no doubt that a drought is devastating. Our agricultural sector has been hit very hard, with farmers in rural NSW and Queensland facing immence difficulties feeding and watering their live stock and sustaining their crops in what has been dubbed "The big dry"....

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