2012/16 – Weipa (Queensland) – Lead, Turbidity

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2015 – Weipa (Queensland) – Lead

1/7/15: Weipa (Queensland) – Lead 0.019mg/L (max).

High lead reading (ADWG guideline is ≤0.01 mg/L for taste threshold) was measured on one occasion in the Town Bores

Lead Australian Drinking Water Guideline 0.01mg/L

“… Lead can be present in drinking water as a result of dissolution from natural sources, or from household plumbing systems containing lead. These may include lead in pipes, or in solder used to seal joints. The amount of lead dissolved will depend on a number of factors including pH, water hardness and the standing time of the water.

Lead is the most common of the heavy metals and is mined widely throughout the world. It is used in the production of lead acid batteries, solder, alloys, cable sheathing, paint pigments, rust inhibitors, ammunition, glazes and plastic stabilisers. The organo-lead compounds tetramethyl and tetraethyl lead are used extensively as anti-knock and lubricating compounds in gasoline…ADWG 2011

2012/16 – Weipa Tap A (Queensland) Turbidity

16/2/12 + 11/3/15: Weipa (Queensland) – Turbidity 320 NTU (max), <0.5 NTU (av.)

4 exceedances in 41 tests. Incidences included: 17.0NTU (10/1/12), 320 NTU (16/2/12 and 11/3/15), and 270NTU (26/7/16).

Chlorine-resistant pathogen reduction: Where filtration alone is used as the water treatment
process to address identified risks from Cryptosporidium and Giardia, it is essential
that filtration is optimised and consequently the target for the turbidity of water leaving
individual filters should be less than 0.2 NTU, and should not exceed 0.5 NTU at any time
Disinfection: A turbidity of less than 1 NTU is desirable at the time of disinfection with
chlorine unless a higher value can be validated in a specific context.
Aesthetic: Based on aesthetic considerations, the turbidity should not exceed 5 NTU at the
consumer’s tap.