Drinking Water Report
2016-17 drinking water summary
This drinking water report draws on information provided by Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Highlands Regional Council. The townships displayed on the map have drinking water results supplied by these councils.
Drinking water results for 2016-17 were mostly good with no exceedances of health guidelines in any townships. There were 10 exceedances of aesthetic guidelines in 4 townships. See the exceedance table below for more details.
Drinking water reports have been prepared by applying the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (PDF) to data provided by local councils. These results are then averaged and graded using the Drinking water method.
Water that has been made more drinkable, potable or useful by processing purifying, clarifying, softening or deodorizing it
About drinking water reports
For more information see the FAQ's page
Drinking water reports have been prepared by applying the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (PDF) to your data. These results are then averaged and graded using the Drinking water method. Both Aesthetic and Health guidelines are used with results for raw water. Treated water results are available when the water has been treated and data is available.
Treated vs. Raw: What's the difference?
Raw water comes from creeks, rivers dams and underground bores this water has not been treated for use as drinkable water or other uses. Councils and other suppliers of water to townships process this raw water to make it more drinkable, potable or useful by purifying, clarifying, softening or deodorizing it.
Health vs. Aesthetic Guidelines: What's the difference?
The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines include two different types of guideline value:
A health-related guideline value, which is the concentration or measure of a water quality characteristic that, based on present knowledge, does not result in any significant risk to the health of the consumer over a lifetime of consumption;
An aesthetic guideline value, which is the concentration or measure of a water quality characteristic that is associated with acceptability of water to the consumer; for example, appearance, taste and odour.
No data was able to be provided by Central Highlands Regional Council for the period July 2010 to June 2011. Additional data gaps may occur where third party data is not supplied for Rockhampton Region and Central Highlands.
These reports are provided as a guide only and come with the following warnings:
- Raw water should never be used for drinking water until it has been treated by a duly regulated entity (such as a regional council).
- The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines recognise that occasionally there may be health or aesthetic related test results that fall outside the guidelines and that these results are not necessarily an immediate threat to health. The guidelines do not require a 100% result in all cases. All test results above the guidelines are investigated and actions, if necessary, taken.
- These reports are based on third party data. Third parties may not be sampling for all of the indicators that are important in determining suitability of water for drinking purposes