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Sydney 1998 - lessons from a drinking water crisis

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posted on 2003-05-01, 00:00 authored by P Cox, I Fisher, G Kastl, Veeriah Jegatheesan, M Warnecke, M Angles, H Bustamante, T Chiffings, P Hawkins
From July to September 1998, high concentrations of Cryptosporidium and Giardia were detected episodically in the water supply and distribution systems of Sydney, Australia. The resulting drinking water crisis triggered three consecutive boil-water advisories and a government inquiry into the management of the water supply. The episodic nature of the detections focused attention on the veracity of the laboratory results and triggered an investigation of the transport of these pathogens in Sydney's water supply system. This article provides information submitted to the Sydney Water Inquiry that explains the episodic occurrence of pathogens in the reticulated water supply, attributing it to rapid fluctuations in the quality of the water reaching the water treatment plant

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Journal

American water works association journal

Volume

95

Issue

5

Pagination

147 - 161

Publisher

American Water Works Association

Location

Denver, Colo.

ISSN

0003-150X

eISSN

1551-8833

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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