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All of the river and stream water samples sent in by the general public will be analysed at the University of Warwick to see what chemicals they have in them and what levels of antimicrobial resistant bacteria they have.

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All water samples will be analysed by a Triple Quad Mass Spectrometer to determine levels of antibiotics as well as other pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

A list of the chemicals to be analysed. Antibiotics amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, erythromycin, oxacillin, tetracycline. Pesticide - fipronil sulfone and also caffeine.


All water samples will be analysed to determine the levels of antimicrobial resistance by both culture and DNA based methods.