2016/17 – Toowoomba City (Queensland) – Trihalomethanes, Manganese

Toowoomba City (Queensland) – Trihalomethanes

2016/17: Toowoomba City – Transmission (Queensland) – Trihalomethanes 259μg/L (highest detection)

(Toowoomba Regional Council DWQMP Annual Report 2016-17 Appendix B)

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”. US EPA

Toowoomba City (Queensland) – Manganese

2016/17: Toowoomba City – Source Water (Queensland) – Manganese 5.015mg/L

2016/17: Toowoomba City – Water Treatment Plant (Queensland) – Manganese 0.734mg/L

(Toowoomba Regional Council DWQMP Annual Report 2016-17 Appendix B)

Manganese: ADWG Guidelines 0.5mg/L. ADWG Aesthetic Guideline 0.1mg/L
Manganese is found in the natural environment. Manganese in drinking water above 0.1mg/L can give water an unpleasant taste and stain plumbing fixtures and laundry.