2015/20 – Urandangie (Queensland) – Arsenic, Uranium, Lead, Fluoride, Chloride, Turbidity, Colour, Total Dissolved Solids, Sodium

Urandangie (Queensland) – Arsenic

2017/18: Urandangie (Queensland) Arsenic 2mg/L* (max), 2mg/L (av.)

(*mg/L published in report, could be a misprint?)

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. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ph/documents/ehu/2676.pdf

Urandangie (Queensland) – Uranium

2017/18: Urandangie (Queensland) Uranium 0.015mg/L (max), 0.013mg/L (av.)

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland) Uranium 0.015mg/L (max), 0.013mg/L (av.)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) Uranium 0.014mg/L (max), 0.0133mg/L (av.)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) Uranium 0.017mg/L (max), 0.0129mg/L (av.)

2019/20: Urandangie (Queensland) Uranium – No testing

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.”

Urandangie (Queensland) – Lead

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Lead 0.015mg/L (av. 0.0036mg/L)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Lead 0.013mg/L

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…

Urandangie (Queensland) – Fluoride

2017/18: Urandangie (Queensland) – Fluoride 1.9mg/L (Highest Level) – 1.64mg/L (average)

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland) – Fluoride 2.7mg/L (Highest Level) – 1.95mg/L (average)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Fluoride 2.4mg/L (Highest Level) – 1.87mg/L (average)

2019/20: Urandangie (Queensland) – Fluoride 2.2mg/L (Highest Level) – 1.95mg/L (average)

Based on health considerations, the concentration of fluoride in drinking water should not exceed 1.5 mg/L.

“Fluoride occurs naturally in seawater (1.4 mg/L), soil (up to 300 parts per million) and air (from volcanic gases and industrial pollution). Naturally occurring fluoride concentrations in drinking water depend on the type of soil and rock through which the water drains. Generally, concentrations in surface water are relatively low (<0.1–0.5 mg/L), while water from deeper wells may have quite high concentrations (1–10 mg/L) if the rock formations are fluoride-rich.” 2011 ADWG

Urandangie (Queensland) – Chloride

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland)  Chloride 410mg/L (Highest Level), 356.25mg/L(av.)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland)  Chloride 370mg/L (Highest Level), 345mg/L (av.)

2019/20: Urandangie (Queensland)  Chloride 380mg/L (Highest Level), 372.5mg/L (av.)

“Chloride is present in natural waters from the dissolution of salt deposits, and contamination from effluent disposal. Sodium chloride is widely used in the production of industrial chemicals such as caustic soda, chlorine, and sodium chlorite and hypochlorite. Potassium chloride is used in the production of fertilisers.

The taste threshold of chloride in water is dependent on the associated cation but is in the range 200–300 mg/L. The chloride content of water can affect corrosion of pipes and fittings. It can also affect the solubility of metal ions.

In surface water, the concentration of chloride is usually less than 100 mg/L and frequently below 10 mg/L. Groundwater can have higher concentrations, particularly if there is salt water intrusion.

Based on aesthetic considerations, the chloride concentration in drinking water should not exceed 250 mg/L.

No health-based guideline value is proposed for chloride.” 2011 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

Urandangie – Queensland – Total Dissolved Solids

2017/18: Urandangie (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 2400 mg/L (Maximum Level), 1230 mg/L (av. Level)

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 2230 μS/cm (Maximum Level), 2000.41μS/cm (av. Level)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 1400mg/L (max), 1300mg/L (av.)

2019/20: Urandangie (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 1300mg/L (max), 1040mg/L (av.)


“No specific health guideline value is provided for total dissolved solids (TDS), as there are no
health effects directly attributable to TDS. However for good palatability total dissolved solids
in drinking water should not exceed 600 mg/L.

Total dissolved solids (TDS) consist of inorganic salts and small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water. Clay particles, colloidal iron and manganese oxides and silica, fine enough to pass through a 0.45 micron filter membrane can also contribute to total dissolved solids.

Total dissolved solids comprise: sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulfate, bicarbonate, carbonate, silica, organic matter, fluoride, iron, manganese, nitrate, nitrite and phosphates…” Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011

Urandangie (Queensland) – Sodium

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland)  Sodium 216mg/L (max), 195.43mg/L (av)

2015/16:  Urandangie (Queensland)  Sodium 210mg/L

“Based on aesthetic considerations (taste), the concentration of sodium in drinking water
should not exceed 180 mg/L….The sodium ion is widespread in water due to the high solubility of sodium salts and the abundance of mineral deposits. Near coastal areas, windborne sea spray can make an important contribution either by fallout onto land surfaces where it can drain to drinking water sources, or from washout by rain. Apart from saline intrusion and natural contamination, water treatment chemicals, domestic water softeners and
sewage effluent can contribute to the sodium content of drinking water.” ADWG 2011

Urandangie – Queensland – Turbidity

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland) – Turbidity 18 NTU (max), 5.21 NTU (av.)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Turbidity 18 NTU (Maximum detection during year)

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

Urandangie (Queensland) – Colour

2016/17: Urandangie (Queensland) – Colour 32 HU (Highest Level), 15.51 HU (av.)

2015/16: Urandangie (Queensland) – Colour 32 HU (Highest Level Only)

Based on aesthetic considerations, true colour in drinking water should not exceed 15 HU.

“… Colour is generally related to organic content, and while colour derived from natural sources such as humic and fulvic acids is not a health consideration, chlorination of such water can produce a variety of chlorinated organic compounds as by-products (see Section 6.3.2 on disinfection by-products). If the colour is high at the time of disinfection, then the water should be checked for disinfection by-products. It should be noted, however, that low colour at the time of disinfection does not necessarily mean that the concentration of disinfection by-products will be low…