2017/18 – Quambone (New South Wales) – E.coli, Iron

16th November 2018 Coonamble Shire Council- Quambone
Boil Water Alert
Council testing has revealed contamination of the Quambone water supply
with E.Coli bacteria.

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

2017/18: Quambone (New South Wales) – Iron

The water supply in Quambone is also from groundwater sources similar to Coonamble. As such is has essentially the same water quality issues. Quambone water typically contains:
Dissolved Iron 0.3 to 3.5mg/L (0.3mg/L ADWG limit). Other chemicals Occasional sample exceeding ADWG

Based on aesthetic considerations (precipitation of iron from solution and taste),
the concentration of iron in drinking water should not exceed 0.3 mg/L.
No health-based guideline value has been set for iron.

Iron has a taste threshold of about 0.3 mg/L in water, and becomes objectionable above 3 mg/L. High iron concentrations give water an undesirable rust-brown appearance and can cause staining of laundry and plumbing fittings, fouling of ion-exchange softeners, and blockages in irrigation systems. Growths of iron bacteria, which concentrate iron, may cause taste and odour problems and lead to pipe restrictions, blockages and corrosion. ADWG 2011