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Tools for assessment and management of aesthetic and health risks associated with cyanobacteria

Project Number # 1078

Development of tools for the assessment and management of aesthetic and health risks associated with cyanobacteria

Status:  Completed

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Background and Relevance

The management of cyanobacteria in source water and through drinking water treatment processes has been a focus of global research for over thirty years. Australia is considered a world leader in cyanobacteria management, due to our extensive research programs and the practical application of outcomes from the many investigations that have been undertaken since the early 1980’s. The beneficial outcomes of this program of research have recently been highlighted in the WaterRA publication “Identifying and quantifying the outcomes of cyanobacteria research: Impacts on the Australian water industry.” During that study the Australian water industry identified the publication of WaterRA report no. 74 (RR 74) “Management Strategies for Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and their Toxins: a Guide for Water Utilities” as a particularly useful outcome, bringing together the wide-ranging research documents and outcomes into one accessible guide.