Journal article

A National Wastewater Monitoring Program for a better understanding of public health: A case study using the Australian Census

Jake W O'Brien, Sharon Grant, Andrew PW Banks, Raimondo Bruno, Stephen Carter, Phil M Choi, Adrian Covaci, Nicholas D Crosbie, Coral Gartner, Wayne Hall, Guangming Jiang, Sarit Kaserzon, K Paul Kirkbride, Foon Yin Lai, Rachel Mackie, Judi Marshall, Christoph Ort, Christopher Paxman, Jeremy Prichard, Thai Phong Show all

Environment International | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019


Wastewater contains a large range of biological and chemical markers of human activity and exposures. Through systematic collection and analysis of these markers within wastewater samples it is possible to measure the public health of whole populations. The analysis of effluent and biosolids can also be used to understand the release of chemicals from wastewater treatment plants into the environment. Wastewater analysis and comparison with catchment specific data (e.g. demographics) however remains largely unexplored. This manuscript describes a national wastewater monitoring study that combines influent, effluent and biosolids sampling with the Australian Census. An archiving program allows..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences, The University of Queensland, gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Queensland Department of Health. This project was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP150100364). GJ is the recipient of an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (DE170100694).