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Research case studies

ESR undertakes a range of research that both informs our work and helps solve our clients' problems. To read examples of the research we have undertaken, sortable by science discipline, read the case studies below.

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Engaging communities to reduce contaminants in biowaste

Every day we use dozens of household cleaning products and personal care products. These get flushed down the drain and into our wastewater systems or septic tanks, but what happens to them when they're out in our environment?

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Healthy Tonga

Providing public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga

ESR works in partnership with the Tongan Ministry of Commerce, Tourism and Labour and the Tongan Ministry of Health to provide public and environmental health support to the tourism industry in Tonga. 

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Identifying the source of faecal contamination

When waterways become contaminated with faeces, an important step in contamination management is identifying the source of the pollution.

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Tutuko River Fiordland National Park NZ

Collaborating with local government on water quality

Poor water quality is not only bad for the environment, it can also put our health at risk.

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Virus removal in wastewater

The Virus Removal in Wastewater project is an ESR-led research group that aims to advance knowledge of the efficiency and relative importance of processes involved in virus removal in natural wastewater systems such as oxidation ponds.

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Water science learning resources

The educational outreach programme managed by the University of Waikato - The Science Learning Hub - brought together ESR scientists to talk about a range of topics related to water quality.

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