Water Journal : Water Journal December 2011
industry news • New guidance on performance requirements for fltration plants; • A complete revision of the Chapters on all aspects of monitoring, assessment of results and appropriate responses where necessary; and • New guidance on pharmaceuticals and endocrine disrupting compounds that have received much attention in recent years. The ADWG can be accessed at: www.nhmrc.gov.au/ guidelines/publications/eh52. The Community Water Planner Tool: The revised CWP tool replaces the 2006 CD-based version, which predominantly addressed microbial issues, acknowledged as posing the greatest health risk in Australia. The new web- based tool, expanded by NWC to cover physical, chemical and radiological risks, is designed for use by people with some knowledge of the design and operation of drinking water supplies and is for use by experienced community water supply operators or service providers. The tool enables uptake of the ADWG Framework by generating water safety plans based on user input. Adherence to the water safety plans will help to ensure safe drinking water supplies in remote communities, including Indigenous communities, where water quality sometimes falls short of meeting ADWG levels. The tool can assist in closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by improving the quality of drinking water supplies and, therefore, the health of those living in remote locations. The CWP can be accessed at: www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/ publications/eh52web. *As of 30 June 2011, NRMMC ceased to exist and its functions have been taken over by the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW). References 1. Davis JP, MacKenzie WD, Addiss DG, 2009: Lessons from the Massive Waterborne Outbreak Of Cryptosporidium Infections, Milwaukee, 1993. Global Issues in Water, Sanitation, and Health: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Microbial Threats. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US). 2. Hrudey SE, Hrudey EJ, 2009: Prevention is Painfully Easy in Hindsight: Fatal E. Coli 0.157 and Campylobacter Outbreak in Walkerton, Canada, 2000. Global Issues in Water, Sanitation, and Health: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine (US) Forum on Microbial Threats. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US). From left to right: Murray Radcliffe, NWC; David Cunliffe, Chair NHMRC WQAC; Barry Dennien, South East Queensland Water; and Don Bursill, former Chair, NHMRC WQAC.
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