2003/17 – Pmara Jutunta (Northern Territory) – Nitrate, Hardness, Uranium

Pmara Jutunta (Northern Territory) – Nitrate

2008/09: Pmara Jutunta Nitrate 54.2mg/L

2009/10: Pmara Jutunta Nitrate 50mg/L

2010/11: Pmara Jutunta Nitrate 52mg/L

2013/14: Pmara Jutunta Nitrate 52mg/L

2015/16: Pmara Jutunta Nitrate 50mg/L

Nitrate: ADWG Guideline 50mg/L. Nitrate is the product of oxygenated nitrogen created from the breakdown of organic matter; lightning strikes; inorganic pesticides; or explosives. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines recommend that nitrate levels between 50-100mg/L are a health consideration for infants less than three months, although levels up to 100mg/L can be safely consumed by adults. Mainly a problem in Northern Territory and some communities in Western Australia. “Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet, New Norcia, Sandstone, Wiluna and Yalgoo have been granted an exemption from compliance with the nitrate guideline by the Department of Health. The water supplied is harmless to adults and children over the age of 3 months of age. Carers of infants younger than three months should seek advice from the Community Health Nurse regarding the use of alternative water sources for the preparation of bottle feeds. The Water Corporation provides bottled water free of charge for this purpose.”

Pmara Jutunta (Northern Territory) Hardness

2008/09: Pmara Jutunta Hardness 211mg/L

2013/14: Pmara Jutunta Hardness 202mg/L

2015/16: Pmara Jutunta Hardness 211mg/L

2016/17: Pmara Jutunta Hardness 205mg/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.”

Pmara Jutunta (Northern Territory) – Uranium

2003/4: Naturally occurring uranium concentrations above the guideline value have been identified in the drinking water supply at Ti Tree and Pmara Jutunta. The community has been informed and the Department of Health and Community Services has stated that there is no immediate threat to public health. A new groundwater supply has been developed close to Pmara Jutunta that has both uranium and total dissolved solids below guideline values. Power and Water is in the process of building a pipeline that will connect the new bore water supply to Ti Tree/Pmara Jutunta. The new borewater supply will be operational in 2004-2005.

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011

Uranium (Information Sourced From 2011 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines)
“Based on health considerations, the concentration of uranium in drinking water should not exceed 0.017 mg/L.”