Fryerstown Victoria – E.coli
 

28/2/12 Fryerstown E.coli  2/100mL

30/12/16: E.coli were detected (10orgs/100mL) in a routine sample collected on 30 December 2016 at the outlet of the Fryerstown Treated Water Tanks. An investigation was undertaken in response to the detection. The findings of the investigation identified that the sample was representative of the drinking water being supplied at the time of collection and did not meet the water quality for E. coli.

An investigation into the E. coli detection was undertaken to determine the root cause. The
chlorine residual in the treated water tanks at the time of the detection was very low. Therefore,

the tanks were drained and chlorinated before being brought back online. Additional water samples were collected from the tank outlet and two sample taps in the Fryerstown water sampling locality for bacteriological analysis and all results were free of E. coli. Two pin holes were identified during the subsequent field assessment, which have been sealed, leaf debris was cleared from the roof of the tank and the tank was inspected again to confirm the rectification works. Following the positive E. coli detection, the Fryerstown tank site is being attended twice per week by operators to dose the tank with hypochlorite tablets, whereas

previously the tank was being dosed once per week.

https://www.coliban.com.au/site/root/operations/documents/ColibanWaterSDWAAnnualReport2016_2017.pdf

Escherichia coli should not be detected in any 100 mL sample of drinking water. If detected
in drinking water, immediate action should be taken including investigation of potential
sources of faecal contamination.

“Coliforms are Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacteria that are capable of aerobic and facultative anaerobic growth in the presence of bile salts or other surface active agents with similar growth-inhibiting properties. They are found in large numbers in the faeces of humans and other warm-blooded animals, but many species also occur in the environment.

Thermotolerant coliforms are a sub-group of coliforms that are able to grow at 44.5 ± 0.2°C. E. coli is the most common thermotolerant coliform present in faeces and is regarded as the most specific indicator of recent faecal contamination because generally it is not capable of growth in the environment. In contrast, some other thermotolerant coliforms (including strains of Klebsiella, Citrobacter and Enterobacter) are able to grow in the environment and their presence is not necessarily related to faecal contamination. While tests for thermotolerant coliforms can be simpler than for E. coli, E. coli is considered a superior indicator for detecting faecal contamination…” ADWG 2011

7 March 2016 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Lead

“Fryerstown: 7/3/2016: A lead sample taken as part of the sampling program returned a result
of 0.032 mg/L which exceeded the ADWG guideline value of 0.01 mg/L. The sample was
collected from a customer tap. Requested laboratory to retest the original sample. Note:
retest of the original sample returned as result of 0.031mg/L.
Two additional water samples were collected prior to corrective action, one from the original
location and a second one from another location within Fryerstown. Flushed the mains in the
vicinity of location where the sample with high lead results was collected. Additional results
all within ADWG guideline value.”

2022/2023: Fryerstown (Victoria) – Lead 0.008mg/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…

Lead can be absorbed by the body through inhalation, ingestion or placental transfer. In adults,
approximately 10% of ingested lead is absorbed but in children this figure can be 4 to 5 times higher. After absorption, the lead is distributed in soft tissue such as the kidney, liver, and bone marrow where it has a biological half-life in adults of less than 40 days, and in skeletal bone where it can persist for 20 to 30 years.

In humans, lead is a cumulative poison that can severely affect the central nervous system. Infants, fetuses and pregnant women are most susceptible. Placental transfer of lead occurs in humans as early as the 12th week of gestation and continues throughout development.

Many epidemiological studies have been carried out on the effects of lead exposure on the intellectual development of children. Although there are some conflicting results, on balance the studies demonstrate that exposure to lead can adversely affect intelligence.

These results are supported by experiments using young primates, where exposure to lead causes significant behavioural and learning difficulties of the same type as those observed in children.

Other adverse effects associated with exposure to high amounts of lead include kidney damage, interference with the production of red blood cells, and interference with the metabolism of calcium needed for bone formation…” ADWG 2011

Fryerstown (Victoria) – Trihalomethanes

2022/23 Fryerstown (Vic)  Trihalomethanes – 240 µg/L (max), 140µg/L (av.)

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”. Source: https://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminant

2022/23 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Turbidity

2022/23 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Turbidity 6.4NTU (max), 0.1NTU (Maximum 95th Percentile of turbidity results in any 12 months (NTU))

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

 

2012 + 2023 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – E.coli, Lead, Trihalomethanes, Turbidity

Fryerstown Victoria – E.coli

28/2/12 Fryerstown E.coli  2/100mL

30/12/16: E.coli were detected (10orgs/100mL) in a routine sample collected on 30 December 2016 at the outlet of the Fryerstown Treated Water Tanks. An investigation was undertaken in response to the detection. The findings of the investigation identified that the sample was representative of the drinking water being supplied at the time of collection and did not meet the water quality for E. coli.

An investigation into the E. coli detection was undertaken to determine the root cause. The
chlorine residual in the treated water tanks at the time of the detection was very low. Therefore,

the tanks were drained and chlorinated before being brought back online. Additional water samples were collected from the tank outlet and two sample taps in the Fryerstown water sampling locality for bacteriological analysis and all results were free of E. coli. Two pin holes were identified during the subsequent field assessment, which have been sealed, leaf debris was cleared from the roof of the tank and the tank was inspected again to confirm the rectification works. Following the positive E. coli detection, the Fryerstown tank site is being attended twice per week by operators to dose the tank with hypochlorite tablets, whereas

previously the tank was being dosed once per week.

https://www.coliban.com.au/site/root/operations/documents/ColibanWaterSDWAAnnualReport2016_2017.pdf

Escherichia coli should not be detected in any 100 mL sample of drinking water. If detected
in drinking water, immediate action should be taken including investigation of potential
sources of faecal contamination.

“Coliforms are Gram-negative, non-spore-forming, rod-shaped bacteria that are capable of aerobic and facultative anaerobic growth in the presence of bile salts or other surface active agents with similar growth-inhibiting properties. They are found in large numbers in the faeces of humans and other warm-blooded animals, but many species also occur in the environment.

Thermotolerant coliforms are a sub-group of coliforms that are able to grow at 44.5 ± 0.2°C. E. coli is the most common thermotolerant coliform present in faeces and is regarded as the most specific indicator of recent faecal contamination because generally it is not capable of growth in the environment. In contrast, some other thermotolerant coliforms (including strains of Klebsiella, Citrobacter and Enterobacter) are able to grow in the environment and their presence is not necessarily related to faecal contamination. While tests for thermotolerant coliforms can be simpler than for E. coli, E. coli is considered a superior indicator for detecting faecal contamination…” ADWG 2011

7 March 2016 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Lead

“Fryerstown: 7/3/2016: A lead sample taken as part of the sampling program returned a result
of 0.032 mg/L which exceeded the ADWG guideline value of 0.01 mg/L. The sample was
collected from a customer tap. Requested laboratory to retest the original sample. Note:
retest of the original sample returned as result of 0.031mg/L.
Two additional water samples were collected prior to corrective action, one from the original
location and a second one from another location within Fryerstown. Flushed the mains in the
vicinity of location where the sample with high lead results was collected. Additional results
all within ADWG guideline value.”

2022/2023: Fryerstown (Victoria) – Lead 0.008mg/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…

Lead can be absorbed by the body through inhalation, ingestion or placental transfer. In adults,
approximately 10% of ingested lead is absorbed but in children this figure can be 4 to 5 times higher. After absorption, the lead is distributed in soft tissue such as the kidney, liver, and bone marrow where it has a biological half-life in adults of less than 40 days, and in skeletal bone where it can persist for 20 to 30 years.

In humans, lead is a cumulative poison that can severely affect the central nervous system. Infants, fetuses and pregnant women are most susceptible. Placental transfer of lead occurs in humans as early as the 12th week of gestation and continues throughout development.

Many epidemiological studies have been carried out on the effects of lead exposure on the intellectual development of children. Although there are some conflicting results, on balance the studies demonstrate that exposure to lead can adversely affect intelligence.

These results are supported by experiments using young primates, where exposure to lead causes significant behavioural and learning difficulties of the same type as those observed in children.

Other adverse effects associated with exposure to high amounts of lead include kidney damage, interference with the production of red blood cells, and interference with the metabolism of calcium needed for bone formation…” ADWG 2011

Fryerstown (Victoria) – Trihalomethanes

2022/23 Fryerstown (Vic)  Trihalomethanes – 240 µg/L (max), 140µg/L (av.)

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”. Source: https://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminant

2022/23 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Turbidity

2022/23 – Fryerstown (Victoria) – Turbidity 6.4NTU (max), 0.1NTU (Maximum 95th Percentile of turbidity results in any 12 months (NTU))

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