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Council confirms no issues with Stanthorpe water quality

12 November 2019

Southern Downs Regional Council wishes to address recent concerns regarding the quality of the reticulated water supply to Stanthorpe and confirms that the supplied water meets the current Australian drinking water guidelines.

The results of the most recent standard water analysis and cyanobacteria toxicity tests of the raw and treated water from Storm King Dam confirm that the supply meets the Health Department guidelines.

Regular reports to Council on water quality are provided by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratories, specifically the Queensland Forensic and Scientific Services in Brisbane and the Toowoomba Regional Council Laboratory Services.  

NATA is the national accreditation body for Australia and ensures that organisations comply with the Australian standards.

Council also monitors and tests the water from Storm King Dam daily and there has been no change to the chemical levels of the treated water or changes to the water treatment process that would impact on the water quality.

Council is aware that the current hot and dry conditions can cause an increase in the incidents of cellulitis.

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin that can affect almost any part of the body.

Council will again seek further testing from the NATA accredited laboratories.

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