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 materials.

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).

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