Environmental and/or water agencies are responsible for delivering safe drinking water to urban populations. One of their greatest concerns is with transmission of pathogens linked to diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery and hepatitis A via the water supply system. Large reservoirs, with more than 3,000 ML of water storage capacity, have been identified as a important natural pathogen inactivation systems, however small reservoirs (SR) have not yet been accessed in this regard. In rural areas SRs play a critical role in agriculture worldwide providing more secure water supplies for irrigation, livestock and domestic activities. Within Australia there are more than 2 million SR yet their role in water quality management is largely unexplored.

This project aims to use a combination of field measurements and coupled catchment and water quality models to examine the fate and transport of pathogens. The project will focus on a catchment system that is characterised by large numbers of SRs – the Baroon Pocket Dam, South East Queensland, Australia.

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About Confirmation Seminars 2020

The purpose of the confirmation milestone is to ensure that the candidate receives appropriate feedback in relation to the viability and progress of the thesis project and that the resources required to complete the program of research within the recommended timeframe are available.

It is also an opportunity to ensure that the candidate has demonstrated the capacity and capability to successfully complete the thesis in a timely manner.