2016/18 – Nanango (Queensland) – Chloride, Turbidity, Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids

Nanango – (Queensland) – Hardness

2016/17: Nanango (Queensland) – Hardness 537mg/L (Highest Detection), (Site NAN 7R)

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Hardness 551mg/L (max), 533mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 7R)

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Hardness 618mg/L (max), 559.5mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 6R)

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Hardness 333mg/L (max), 315.6mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 5R)


“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.”

Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011

2016/17 – Nanango (Queensland) – Chloride

2016/17:Nanango (Queensland)  Chloride 463mg/L (Highest Level) [site NAN 5R]

2016/17:Nanango (Queensland)  Chloride 490mg/L (Highest Level) [site NAN 6R]

2016/17:Nanango (Queensland)  Chloride 460mg/L (Highest Level) [site NAN 7R]

“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

Nanango (Queensland) – Turbidity

2016/17: Nanango (Queensland) – Turbidity 34 NTU? (Max). [site NAN 6 R)

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

Nanango (Queensland) Total Dissolved Solids

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 1130mg/L (max), 1106.3mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 7R)

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 1110mg/L (max), 1055mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 6R)

2017/18: Nanango (Queensland) – Total Dissolved Solids 1130mg/L (max), 1074.3mg/L (av.) (Site NAN 5R)


“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