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Environmental monitoring for the fight against COVID-19

While much of the COVID-19 response to date has been focused on human-to-human transmission of the virus, largely unaddressed to date are the ongoing risks of environmental transmission and the role of environmental monitoring to understand the health of both facilities and people.    What is environmental monitoring? Many will be familiar now with the human testing protocol employed by most countries around… Read More

Tips to Reducing Water Consumption

The importance of conserving water Water is essential to human life. Every person on the planet, no matter the region, requires the same basic daily amount for survival. That amount can vary slightly based on environmental factors as well as the size and condition of the individual but generally, it’s around two litres, or around… Read More

Harness the Power of One Bacterium to Remove PFAS from the Environment

What are PFAS? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of synthetic organic molecules, which are not naturally occurring in nature. Due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond present in these molecules, they are especially long-lived once released into the environment and are resistant to regular chemical remediation methods. These compounds have been commercially produced… Read More

World Water Day, 2020

A Long-Standing Tradition Since 1993, the United Nations has used World Water Day to highlight its water conservation and management work and focus the world’s attention on water issues. This year, the day is being marked on March 22. Every year, UN-Water (the United Nations water agency), chooses a specific idea to help draw attention… Read More

The Story of Your Data

Data gathering and analysis have become crucial across many, if not all, sectors of our economy, including the water sector. If you consider all the components of data analysis you can start to see its potential to positively impact decision making.   The overall process of data gathering and analysis generally goes like this:  … Read More

Exciting Developments in Water Technology

In the field of water science and technology, many exciting new advances have either become commercially viable in recent months or will soon reach that critical milestone. Here are four up-and-coming developments that could eventually have a big impact on some aspect of the world of water.   Slippery toilets Every day around the world,… Read More

Facts & Figures of Legionellosis

What causes Legionellosis? Many different types of bacteria can cause respiratory diseases. Ranging in seriousness from Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) to much more deadly pathogens like Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Vibrio cholerae (cholera), bacterial infections of the respiratory tract present a major challenge for health care providers around the world. Tuberculosis alone is estimated to make up to 10 million people per year sick.   A serious bacterial… Read More

metagenomics data

Four Important Guidelines for Getting the Most out of your Metagenomics Data

Metagenomics is an emerging field.  Metagenomics is a quickly evolving field, with new papers being published and new products and services being offered each year. Since metagenomics analysis is a relatively new field in microbiology, standard procedures are still being worked on from different researchers and companies. If results are to be comparable between different research institutions and companies, it… Read More

The Effects of Lead in Drinking Water, and a Few Recent Examples

Exposure to lead has long been understood to have serious impacts on human health. Ingesting lead can have a wide range of effects including: learning problems, increased blood pressure, kidney disorders, stunted growth and developmental delays. Lead can enter the human bloodstream a number of ways; inhaling small particles of lead-based paint or drinking water… Read More

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