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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1670..

Total Coliforms

0 CFU/100mL in 95% of samples







Faecal Coliforms

0 CFU/100mL in 98% of samples








(7) An increase in turbidity the raw water supply from Bendora can lead to complaints from the public. Due to the bushfire in January 2003 in the Cotter catchment, there have been several occasions when there have been increases in turbidity in the supply from Bendora due to storm events. On these occasions ACTEW has supplied water from Googong, which is fully treated. The supply from Googong will always have a low turbidity level as the supply is filtered.

(8) There has not been any confirmed illness associated with Canberra's drinking water.

(9) ACTEW notifies ACT Health of any incidents that may adversely affect the quality (from a public health perspective) of ACT's drinking water. This is a legislative requirement under the ACT Drinking Water Code of Practice.

If the notification is such that there is an increased risk to the public then ACT Health would provide appropriate advice to the community.

(10) ACTEW notifies ACT Health of any turbidity excursions under the Drinking Water Quality Code of Practice. ACT Health and ACTEW liaise on a regular basis, formally based on the code of practice, as well as informally on issues that are not regarded as incidents.

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines do not have a specific health guideline for turbidity, however it is recognised that turbidity can impact on a number of other parameters such that an increase public health risk can result.

ACT Health would consider the impact on all parameters to assess the risks. If this assessment identified an increased risk to the public then ACT Health would provide appropriate advice to the community.

Routine monitoring results for turbidity are published on the ACTEWAGL website.

Kurrajong Hotel

(Question No 1373)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to Conservation Management Plan for the Kurrajong Hotel:

(1) Why was a consultant hired to do a review of the Hotel Kurrajong's Conservation Management Plan and Condition Audit;

(2) What information or advice does the Government hope to receive through this review;

(3) Has the review been completed;

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