Council backs up testing procedures despite complaints
ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has reassured residents its testing is up to standard.
Despite a large number of complaints surrounding the quality of water supplied to the city, Fitzroy River Water is adamant its testing meets the Australian Water Quality Guidelines.
Many residents are refusing to drink the discoloured water, with some claiming it made them physically ill.
The current colour, smell and taste of the water in Rockhampton are due to an increase in the elements of manganese and iron.
Are you still drinking Rockhampton's tap water after Cyclone Marcia?
This poll ended on 20 March 2015.
I am still drinking rocky tap water
I have stopped drinking it because of the taste
I have stopped drinking it because of health concerns
I have stopped drinking it because of taste and health concerns
I have stopped drinking it because of taste and health concerns and I want independent testing carried out.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
500 votes at 7pm
Are you drinking Rocky tap water?
Yes 18% No 82%
The high levels of the metals are caused by the decay of organic matter in Alligator Creek from Cyclone Marcia. Water in the treatment plant last week measured outside of health standards for manganese but when mixed with FRW's existing water in reservoirs it continually tested within guidelines.
Jason Plumb, the treatment and supply manager at FRW, told media last week that whilst the water in the reservoir wasn't appealing, it was still safe to drink. The community appeared to disagree; 45% of participants in The Morning Bulletin's online poll yesterday stated support for independent testing.
A representative from RRC said the water had been tested by multiple agencies.
"FRW conducts most of its water quality testing using external NATA accredited testing laboratories.
"In this event Queensland Health has also conducted some testing, and an on-line water quality monitoring station owned and operated by CSIRO has been providing water quality data from sampling of the river at the Glenmore WTP river intake throughout this entire event," FRW said.
The council reassured residents the quality of water in the river and water supplied to homes was improving.
"We have already seen marked improvements to the river and the drinking water produced at the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant, with further gradual improvement expected in the water distribution system in the coming days," they said.
Manganese levels in reservoirs are measuring at less than 0.1mg/L, and levels at the treatment plant in Glenmore are approximately between 0.1 to 0.2mg/L.
Australian Drinking Water Guidelines require levels to sit below 0.5mg/L.
Manganese can be tasted at 0.1mg/L.