2018 – Tambar Springs (New South Wales) – E.coli

Gunnedah Shire Council issues a warning for Tambar Springs water

March 2 2018

TAMBAR SPRINGS residents are being warned that E. coli has been detected in a drinking water sample collected at Tambar Springs on February 28.

Gunnedah Shire Council (GSC) in conjunction with the NSW Department of Health is issuing a precautionary boiled water alert for the area.

E. coli in drinking water shows that the water may be contaminated with faeces and organisms that may cause gastrointestinal illness.

GSC’s water services manager Kevin Sheridan said immediate action is being taken by working with the NSW Department of Health to correct the situation.

“We are asking residents and businesses in the Tambar Springs village area, as a precautionary measure, to boil their water,” Mr Sheridan said….


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