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Stanley Abbott

Adjunct Senior Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Stan Abbott, the Group Leader of the Roof Water Harvesting Centre, is also a Senior lecturer in Microbiology and Communicable Diseases. Stan's main research interests are Environmental Microbiology and he has published and presented numerous papers on a variety of recreational and drinking water quality monitoring projects. He is recognised as an expert in many aspects of Rainwater Harvesting at a national and international level. In April 2007 he delivered a keynote address on the Health Risks of Roof-Collected Rainwater at a Rain Water Harvesting in Pacific Island Countries conference in Fiji. Stan was on the scientific panel of the 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference to in Sydney in August 2007 and at this conference he delivered a keynote address on Water Policy and Health: A New Zealand Perspective and also presented research papers on roof water research projects carried out at Massey University's Roof Water Harvesting Centre. Stan has assisted the World Health Organization (WHO - South-East Asia Region) in developing a guidance document on Water Safety and Health Aspects of Rainwater Harvesting and Storage and for the New Zealand Ministry of Health Stan recently produced a Water Collection Tanks and Safe Household Water public information brochure. He contributed a chapter on Roof Water Supplies in the latest Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality Management in New Zealand. In 2008 Stan was a keynote speaker on Health Risks and Steps for Minimising Contamination of Roof-Collected Rainwater at the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association's National Conference in Santa Monica, California. He is an associate member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the New Zealand Water Wastes Association (NZWWA) and is a consultant to a number of companies involved with rainwater harvesting products and systems in New Zealand and Australia

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

Roof-collected Rainwater

Drinking Water and Recreational Water Contamination

Microbiology &Communicable Diseases


Microbiology of drinking and recreational waters

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