Factors affecting the distribution of pathogenic amoebae and bacteria in drinking water distribution systems

Natalia Malinowski

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Pathogenic free-living amoebae and their associated bacteria present a public health risk to water utilities and consumers. This thesis identified a series of factors, including physical, chemical and biological, to predict colonisation by these pathogens in an effort to further mitigate risks to consumers. Negative interactions between amoebae were also shown as a potential biological tool to aid in the elimination and prevention of pathogenic amoebae colonisation and climate change can exacerbate pathogen presence within drinking water distribution systems. This information is vital for water utilities to aid in the detection and management of these organisms within the drinking water.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Puzon, Geoffrey J., Supervisor, External person
  • Peacock, Christopher, Supervisor
  • Kaksonen, Anna, Supervisor
  • Morgan, Matthew, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date6 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021

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