Drinking water and recreational water contamination

Glass of water

Water resources and aquatic ecosystems are essential to our health and the economy. In New Zealand there are many water bodies that are no longer safe for swimming, and there are many issues relating to the quality of drinking water. Our team focuses its research on examination, detection, identification and characterisation of microbiological and chemical contamination of drinking and recreational waters.


The Roof Water Research Centre

Research projects

  • Molecular tools for identification of microorganisms and toxic compounds in contaminated drinking and recreational water
  • Examination of chemical components of water
  • Detection of Cyanobacterial contamination of waterways
  • Quantifying the health risks of roof-collected rainwater
  • Design and maintenance aspects of safe rainwater harvesting
  • Biodegradation of cyanobacterial hepatotoxin microcystin by bacteria
  • Using biofilms to degrade toxins
  • Microbiological quality of bottled drinking water

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