Drinking Water Infrastructure Water Tests for Local Councils
Recently, Tasmanian councils were contacted by the Tasmanian
Department of Health's Environmental Health Services regarding the potential risk of heavy metals
leaching into drinking water infrastructure such as public drinking fountains.
There is increasing evidence that this is a nation-wide issue with certain plumbing
People drinking from fountains are unlikely to be at any
immediate risk. This is because they are likely to obtain most of the water
that they consume from other, relatively uncontaminated sources.
AST provides NATA accredited low-level analysis of
drinking water samples for assessment against the Australian Drinking Water
Guidelines, and can provide a communication alert if any exceedences are detected. The
analysis suite currently recommended includes total copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd),
chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb).
Please contact AST for a quote and a supply of quality
tested contaminant-free sample bottles. Sample bottles are supplied free of
charge. We also offer a reply-paid return postage service. There is an analysis
discount on submissions of greater than 25 samples.
For further information please contact AST or the Tasmanian
Department of Health's Environmental Health Services State Water Officer (1800 671 738).