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Early warning of microbiological contamination of water

Shakalisava, Yuliya and Diamond, Dermot (2009) Early warning of microbiological contamination of water. In: Biodetection Technologies 2009, 25-26 June 2009, Baltimore, MD, USA.

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Microbial contamination of public water resources represents serious health risk. Monitoring of microbial water quality rely on culture growth methods and require at least 18-24 hours for analysis. This is not acceptable in cases where immediate action has to be taken. The presented work evaluates several strategies for utilising surrogate measurements of water quality, such as turbidity, particle size and video sensing, as early warning systems for microbiological contamination, using parallel cell-based measurements for reference measurements. Results from initial field studies will be presented, along with a discussion on potential strategies for maximising the usefulness of the surrogate approaches, in particular, through minimisation of false positives and false negatives.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:water contamination;
Subjects:Biological Sciences > Microbiology
Physical Sciences > Chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
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Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Marine Institute, Beaufort Award, Science Foundation Ireland
ID Code:4587
Deposited On:17 Jul 2009 09:59 by Yuliya Shakalisava. Last Modified 12 Nov 2010 12:35

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