About Bill Anderson

William B. Anderson is a Research Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Water Science, Technology & Policy Group at the University of Waterloo who has been active in drinking water quality and treatment research for almost 40 years.

MDPI Webinar- Sewage Screening as an Early Outbreak Alert Tool and SARS-Covid-2 Fate in the Aquatic Environment

There are COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) webinars almost weekly. While this one also has a wastewater focus, there will be some information on the fate of the virus in the aquatic environment.

Available for review and comment: Background document for microcystin

Draft revised background document for microcystin is now available for review. The documents will also inform the revision of the Guidelines for Safe Recreational Water Environments. Comments are welcome by April 17, 2020 to the following e-mail address: gdwq@who.int.

Coronavirus Research Update – Webcast March 12, 3:30pm EDT

Water Research Foundation free 1.5 hour webcast on coronavirus “with technical details, resources, and published public health recommendations as we continue to learn more about this ongoing outbreak.”

Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water

This Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water provides comprehensive guidance that integrates recommendations for pathogen, toxin, chemical, and radiochemical sample collection, preservation, and transport procedures to support multiple analytical approaches for the detection and identification of potential contaminants in drinking water.

Assessment of Treatment Plant Performance and Water Quality Data: A Guide for Students, Researchers and Practitioners

The International Water Association (IWA) has just made a 639 page guide for the “Assessment of Treatment Plant Performance and Water Quality Data” freely available for download.

By |2020-01-27T16:20:56-05:00January 22nd, 2020|Drinking Water, Water Treatment|0 Comments

Multiple Sources of the Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015-during Flint lead crisis

A community-wide outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease (LD) occurred in Genesee County, Michigan, in 2014 and 2015. Previous reports about the outbreak are conflicting and have associated the outbreak with a change of water source in the city of Flint and, alternatively, to a Flint hospital. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this investigation was to independently identify relevant sources of Legionella pneumophila that likely resulted in the outbreak.

By |2020-01-16T13:14:57-05:00January 16th, 2020|Drinking Water, Pathogens, Regulations, Water Treatment|0 Comments

Management of Legionella in Water Systems (2019)

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine were asked by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to address the state of the science with regard to Legionella including its ecology, disease diagnosis, amplification within water systems, quantification, prevention and control, policy and guidance, and all associated research needs.

Cyanobacteria and their toxins in Canadian waters: guidelines from Health Canada Webinar

Health Canada is hosting a webinar entitled “Cyanobacteria and their toxins in Canadian waters: guidelines from Health Canada” on Jan 13 presenting the updated Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality on Cyanobacterial Toxins.

By |2019-12-19T13:38:03-05:00December 19th, 2019|Drinking Water, Pathogens, Regulations, Water Treatment|0 Comments

Revised background documents are ready for review for the cyanotoxins anatoxin-a, cylindrospermopsin and saxitoxin-WHO Guidelines for drinking water quality

The World Health Agency (WHO) has developed some background documents for cyanotoxins which will be included in the second addendum to the fourth edition of the WHO’s Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality and is looking for comments by Jan 12, 2020.

By |2019-12-13T09:26:53-05:00December 12th, 2019|Drinking Water, Papers & Articles, Regulations|0 Comments