2011/14: Sellicks Beach (South Australia) – Chloral Hydrate, Trihalomethanes

Sellicks Beach (South Australia) – Chloral Hydrate

9/11/11 Sellicks Beach  Chloral Hydrate 22.5ug/L

26/4/12 Sellicks Beach  Chloral Hydrate 20.7ug/L

Chloral hydrate is a disinfection by-product, arising from chlorination of water containing naturally occurring organic material (NOM). Chloral hydrate is a sedative and hypnotic drug. Long-term use of chloral hydrate is associated with a rapid development of tolerance to its effects and possible addiction as well as adverse effects including rashes, gastric
discomfort and severe renal, cardiac and hepatic failure.

2004 Australian Drinking Water Guideline: Trichloroacetaldehyde (chloral hydrate): 0.02mg/L

2011 Australian Drinking Water Guideline: Trichloroacetaldehyde (chloral hydrate): 0.1mg/L

 

Sellicks Beach (South Australia) – Trihalomethanes

Breaches to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Levels Only

23/02/2011 Sellicks Beach Capri Av Trihalomethanes – Total 255 ug/L

29/03/2012 Sellicks Beach Capri Av Trihalomethanes – Total 260 ug/L

30/04/2014 Sellicks Beach Capri Av Trihalomethanes – Total 267 ug/L

28/05/2014 Sellicks Beach Capri Av Trihalomethanes – Total 262 ug/L

11/06/2014 Sellicks Beach Capri Av Trihalomethanes – Total 256 ug/L

Trihalomethanes Australian Guideline Level 250μg/L (0.25mg/L)

Why and how are THMs formed?
“When chlorine is added to water with organic material, such as algae, river weeds, and decaying leaves, THMs are formed. Residual chlorine molecules react with this harmless organic material to form a group of chlorinated chemical compounds, THMs. They are tasteless and odourless, but harmful and potentially toxic. The quantity of by-products formed is determined by several factors, such as the amount and type of organic material present in water, temperature, pH, chlorine dosage, contact time available for chlorine, and bromide concentration in the water. The organic matter in water mainly consists of a) humic substance, which is the organic portion of soil that remains after prolonged microbial decomposition formed by the decay of leaves, wood, and other vegetable matter; and b) fulvic acid, which is a water soluble substance of low molecular weight that is derived from humus”. Source: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/in