Farkas, K.; Cooper, D.M.; McDonald, J.E.; Malham, S.K.; Jones, D.L.

Enteric virus concentrations and chemical properties of wastewater, water, sediment and shellfish samples collected along the Conwy River and estuary, North Wales (2016-2017)

This dataset contains pH, turbidity, conductivity and viral concentration information in river and estuarine water, wastewater, sediment and mussel samples collected in the Conwy River and estuary. The aim of data collection was to monitor wastewater contamination in the freshwater-marine continuum. Samples were collected by trained members of staff from Bangor University at four weekly between March 2016 and August 2017. Treated and untreated wastewater samples were collected at four wastewater treatment plants along the Conwy River. Surface water samples were collected at four sites, sediments at three sites and mussels at two sites. The VIRAQUA project was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) under the Environmental Microbiology and Human Health (EMHH) Programme (NE/M010996/1)

Publication date: 2018-05-08

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Farkas, K.; Cooper, D.M.; McDonald, J.E.; Malham, S.K.; Jones, D.L. (2018). Enteric virus concentrations and chemical properties of wastewater, water, sediment and shellfish samples collected along the Conwy River and estuary, North Wales (2016-2017). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/5d19f6e2-1383-41ed-92d2-138d95bf4c72

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2016-03-15    to    2017-08-01

Supplemental information

This dataset is cited by:

Farkas K, Cooper DM, McDonald JE, Malham SK, de Rougemont A, Jones DL (2018). Seasonal and spatial dynamics of enteric viruses in wastewater and in riverine and estuarine receiving waters. Science of the Total Environment. Under review.

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

VIRAQUA website
Farkas K, Peters DE, McDonald JE, De Rougemont A, Malham SK, Jones DL. (2017b) Evaluation of two triplex one-step qRT-PCR assays for the quantification of human enteric viruses in environmental samples. Food and Environmental Virology. 9:342-349.
Farkas K, Hassard F, McDonald JE, Malham SK, Jones DL. (2017a) Evaluation of molecular methods for the detection and quantification of pathogen-derived nucleic acids in sediment. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:53.

Provenance & quality

The pH, turbidity and conductivity of the water samples was measured directly, whereas viral nucleic acid concentrations of norovirus GI and GII, hepatitis A and E viruses, sapovirus GI, adenovirus and polyomaviruses were determined in concentrated samples using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). As these quantification methods only measure nucleic acid content and give no indication on viral particle integrity and infectivity, a capsid integrity assay for noroviruses was also used. Viral concentrations are expressed in genome copies (gc) in one litre water or one gram sediment/mussel, where one gc refers to the genome of one virus particle. Data were collated into an Excel spreadsheet and exported into a .csv file for ingestion into the EIDC.

Correspondence/contact details

Farkas, K.
Bangor University
Environment Centre Wales Building, 2nd floor
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2UW
United Kingdom
k.farkas@bangor.ac.uk

Authors

Farkas, K.
Bangor University
Cooper, D.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
McDonald, J.E.
Bangor University
Malham, S.K.
Bangor University
Jones, D.L.
Bangor University

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84

Tags

Topic categories
Health
Keywords
Conwy River Enteric virus monitoring,  Environmental Microbiology and Human Health (EMHH),  VIRAQUA,  Wastewater contamination,  Water quality
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Human Health and Safety