2007/9: Parilla (South Australia) – Arsenic

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Parilla (South Australia) – Arsenic

23/01/2007 Parilla Arsenic 0.019mg/L
16/10/2007 Parilla Arsenic 0.014mg/L
15/04/2008 Parilla Arsenic 0.011mg/L
25/05/2008 Parilla Arsenic 0.014mg/L
4/08/2009 Parilla Arsenic 0.0171mg/L
1/09/2009 Parilla Arsenic 0.0178mg/L

Arsenic: Australian Drinking Water Guideline = 0.01mg/L

Arsenic is bioaccumulative and symptoms may take 10-15 years to develop after expsoure at high levels. Drinking water can be contaminated with inorganic arsenic through wind blown dust, leaching or runoff from soil, rocks and sediment. Groundwater sources such as bores will usually have higher arsenic levels than surface water. In major Australian reticulated water supplies concentrations of arsenic range up to 0.015mg/L, with typical values less than
0.005mg/L. http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ph/documents/ehu/2676.pdf