Emerging Contaminants

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.

For Public Review and Comment: Canadian Groundwater Quality Guidelines–101 contaminants

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is looking for input into the draft Canadian Groundwater Quality Guidelines for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health for 101 contaminants of concern. It is available for public review and comment until January 10, 2020.

Sink to River – River to Tap – A review of potential risks from nano-particles & microplastics

Hi all…following up from the WHO report on microplastics that I recently circulated, the UK Water Industry Research Limited has just released a report entitled “Sink to River - River to Tap - A review of potential risks from nano-particles & microplastics.”

Microplastics in drinking water-new WHO report

Hi all…the WHO has released a lengthy report entitled ‘Microplastics in Drinking Water’. It is a good compilation of potential issues associated with microplastics and is available for free download. There is also an Information sheet: Microplastics in drinking-water which provides key messages and answers to some common questions. This may be even more useful than the report for some of you.

Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water-A Summary of Sampling Protocols

Hi all…on the heels of Health Canada’s new guideline for lead in drinking water, Canada’s National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health has prepared an 8-page document entitled “Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water-A Summary of Sampling Protocols.” Table 1 is a “Summary of sampling protocols for testing lead in school drinking water developed in Canada [...]