2007/17 – Amunturangu/Mt Leibig (Northern Territory) – E.coli, Hardness, Iodine, Total Dissolved Solids

Amunturangu/Mt Leibig – E.coli

2006/07: Mt Leibig E.coli 1 samples exceeding trigger level. 97% of samples within trigger level


Thermotolerant coliforms are a sub-group of coliforms that are able to grow at 44.5 ± 0.2°C. E. coli is the most common thermotolerant coliform present in faeces and is regarded as the most specific indicator of recent faecal contamination because generally it is not capable of growth in the environment. In contrast, some other thermotolerant coliforms (including strains of Klebsiella, Citrobacter and Enterobacter) are able to grow in the environment and their presence is not necessarily related to faecal contamination. While tests for thermotolerant coliforms can be simpler than for E. coli, E. coli is considered a superior indicator for detecting faecal contamination…” ADWG

Amunturangu (Mt Leibig) – Northern Territory – Hardness

2007/08: Mt Leibig Hardness 284mg/L

2008/09: Amunturanga Hardness 284mg/L

2009/10: Amunturangu Hardness 258mg/L

2010/11: Amuntirangu Hardness 270mg/L

2013/14: Mt Leibig Hardness 271mg/L

2015/16: Amuntirangu Hardness 283mg/L

2016/17: Amuntirangu Hardness 316mg/L


“To minimise undesirable build‑up of scale in hot water systems, total hardness (as calcium
carbonate) in drinking water should not exceed 200 mg/L.

Hard water requires more soap than soft water to obtain a lather. It can also cause scale to form on hot water pipes and fittings. Hardness is caused primarily by the presence of calcium and magnesium ions, although other cations such as strontium, iron, manganese and barium can also contribute.”

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011

Amunturangu (Mt Leibig) – (Northern Territory) – Iodine

2007/08: Mt Leibig Iodine 0.4mg/L

2009/10: Amunturangu Iodine 0.2mg/L

2010/11: Amunturanga Iodine 0.23mg/L

2013/14: Mt Leibig Iodine 0.19mg/L

Iodide: Based on health considerations, the concentration of iodide in drinking water should
not exceed 0.5 mg/L.
Iodine: No guideline value has been set for molecular iodine.
The element iodine is present naturally in seawater, nitrate minerals and seaweed, mostly in the form of iodide salts. It may be present in water due to leaching from salt and mineral deposits. Iodide can be oxidised to molecular iodine with strong disinfectants such as chlorine.
Molecular iodine solutions are used as antiseptics and as sanitising agents in hospitals and laboratories.
Iodine is occasionally used for the emergency disinfection of water for field use but is not used for disinfecting larger drinking water supplies. Iodide is used in pharmaceutical and photographic materials. Iodine has a taste threshold in water of about 0.15 mg/L.
Iodide occurs in cows’ milk and seafood. Some countries add iodide to table salt to compensate for iodide-deficient diets.

Amunturangu (Mt Leibig) – Northern Territory – Total Dissolved Solids

2016/17: Amunturangu/Mt Leibig (Northern Territory) Total Dissolved Solids 649mg/L


“No specific health guideline value is provided for total dissolved solids (TDS), as there are no
health effects directly attributable to TDS. However for good palatability total dissolved solids
in drinking water should not exceed 600 mg/L.

Total dissolved solids (TDS) consist of inorganic salts and small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water. Clay particles, colloidal iron and manganese oxides and silica, fine enough to pass through a 0.45 micron filter membrane can also contribute to total dissolved solids.

Total dissolved solids comprise: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulfate, bicarbonate, carbonate, silica, organic matter, fluoride, iron, manganese, nitrate, nitrite and phosphates…” Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011