2014 March – Coral Cove (Queensland) – Lead, Nickel

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2014 March – Coral Cove (Queensland) – Lead

On 4 March 2014 during routine analysis it was found that a sample taken in Coral Cove exceeded the ADWG health value of 0.01mg/L for Lead. The reported level was 0.015mg/L.

Bundaberg Regional Council Drinking Water Quality Management Plan 2013/14

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

Coral Cove (Queensland) – Nickel

On 4 March 2014 during routine analysis it was found that a sample taken in Coral Cove exceeded the ADWG health value of 0.02mg/L for Nickel. The reported level was 0.026mg/L.

Bundaberg Regional Council Drinking Water Quality Management Plan 2013/14

Nickel: ADWG Health Guideline 0.02mg/L. A chemical element and silvery white corrosion resistant metal with a golden tinge. 60% of nickel production is used in nickel steel (particularly stainless steel). In water, mainly a problem with nickel plated fittings. Main releases to the environment are from the burning of fossil fuels and in waste discharges from electroplating industries.