Water analysis

Woman testing water

Toowoomba Region's Mt Kynoch Water Treatment plant houses a comprehensive water analysis facility. Testing is conducted on a fee-for-service basis, with a current fee schedule available by contacting the laboratory or by using our water operations fees and charges. The 'Services offered' section below provides examples of our routine testing but we have more to offer, so please feel free to contact the laboratory with your requirements. It is important to note that some tests require specialized sample containers for the analyses requested. These can be obtained free of charge also by contacting the laboratory.

 

Laboratory open hours

Samples are accepted from 8am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday but certain tests are set up on particular days of the week and samples may have limited holding times, so it is best to discuss testing requirements with the laboratory prior to collection and submission of samples.  Office hours are 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

 

Laboratory location

Our laboratory services are located at the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant on Shuttlewood Court, off the New England Highway heading north towards Highfields.

 

Services offered

Microbiological un-chlorinated drinking water analysis

Bottle for microbiology

Microbiological un-chlorinated drinking water analysis  (total plate count, total coliforms, e.coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, enterococci): Assesses cleanliness and suitability of rainwater tanks and bores for drinking, based on the bacteriological requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian drinking water guidelines

 

Microbiological chlorinated drinking water analysis

Bottle for microbiology

Microbiological chlorinated drinking water analysis (total plate count, total coliforms, e.coli): Assesses chlorinated drinking water supplies to determine compliance to the NHMRC Australian drinking water guidelines

Microbiological pool analysis


Bottle for microbiologyMicrobiological pool analysis (total plate count, E.coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa): Used to analyse the quality of pool water

Standard chemical analysis

Bottle for chemistry

Standard chemical analysis : Assists in assessing suitability of a bore or surface water supply for irrigation, stock or domestic use. May be used to determine water treatment requirements. 

Standard chemical analysis includes: 

Industrial effluent analysis

Industrial effluent analysis (Biochemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, pH, total dissolved solids, total phosphorus, total kjeldahl nitrogen, sulphate and thermotolerant coliforms): Assists in assessing industrial effluent for licensing requirements

Bottle for chemistry+/- Bottle for microbiology

 

 

Result times

For standard tests, we try to work to a 10 working day turnaround. This time can be extended due to increased workloads or circumstances beyond our control. Receiving your report may take longer if you don’t have access to email or fax, as postage can add to delays. If your results have not been received within the 10 day period, feel free to call us for follow up.

 

Understanding the water analysis report

We test against the Australian drinking water guidelines issued by the National Health and Medical Research Council. If a result does not conform to the guidelines, this will be advised at the end of the report. We are happy to accept any enquiries you may have regarding the results and we can be contacted during office hours 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

If you wish to improve or control your water quality, we recommend calling one of the many water treatment specialists in the White/Yellow Pages.

We do not conduct health testing in our laboratory. Please refer to the NHMRC guidelines (National Health & Medical Research Council) for information. The laboratory is a National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited provider and tests are performed in accordance with NHMRC guidelines. Our Accreditation No is 12009 should you wish to view the scope of accreditation on the NATA website.

Measurement Uncertainty (MU) estimates for use when interpreting results on regulatory or other acceptance criteria

MU estimates for use when interpreting results on regulatory or other acceptance criteria
Test Test Number MU ±
Cyanobacteria Count and Identification QP-KYN-079 Not yet Estimated
E.coli QP-KYN-055 Log10(0.17)
E.coli QP-KYN-105 Log10(0.24)
Enterococci QP-KYN-057 Log10(0.22)
Thermotolerant Coliforms (Faecal Coliforms) QP-KYN-055 Log10(0.17)
Thermotolerant Coliforms (Faecal Coliforms) QP-KYN-109 Log10(0.11)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa QP-KYN-060 Log10(0.18)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa QP-KYN-106 Log10(0.23)
Total Coliforms QP-KYN-044 Log10(0.11)
Total Coliforms QP-KYN-105 Log10(0.21)
Total Plate Count @ 35oC QP-KYN-051 Log10(0.10)
Alkalinity (Total) QP-KYN-015 6.89%
Bicarb Calculated N/A - result calculated
Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) QP-KYN-007 20.00%
Bromide QP-KYN-058 14.06%
Carbonate Calculated N/A - result calculated
Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) QP-KYN-086 13.00%
Chloride QP-KYN-058 3.11%
Chlorine (Free or total) QP-KYN-028 26.00%
Colour (True) QP-KYN-088 12.54%
Conductivity QP-KYN-002 2.51%
Dissolved Oxygen QP-KYN-006 1.81%
Fluoride QP-KYN-058 10.40%
Hardness (Calcium) Calculated N/A
Hardness (Temp) Calculated N/A
Hardness (Total) Calculated N/A
Nitrogen - Ammonia QP-KYN-103 0.82%
Nitrogen - Kjeldahl Calculated N/A
Nitrogen - Nitrate QP-KYN-058 4.09%
Nitrogen - Nitrite QP-KYN-058 3.83%
Nitrogen - Oxidised Calculated N/A
Nitrogen - Total QP-KYN-101 1.42%
pH QP-KYN-001 TBA
Phosphate (Ortho) QP-KYN-022 3.14%
Phosphorus (Total) QP-KYN-101 1.36%
Sodium Adsorption Ratio (SAR) Calculated N/A
Silica QP-KYN-090 1.07%
Sulphate QP-KYN-058 3.07%
Suspended Solids (Non Filterable Residue) QP-KYN-009 17.00%
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) Calculated N/A
Total Solids QP-LSB-010 TBA
Turbidity QP-KYN-027 7.35%
Aluminium  QP-KYN-097 6.86%
Calcium QP-KYN-097 1.74%
Chromium QP-KYN-097 1.82%
Copper QP-KYN-097 3.03%
Iron QP-KYN-097 2.08%
Lead QP-KYN-097 8.42%
Magnesium QP-KYN-097 4.41%
Manganese QP-KYN-097 1.56%
Potassium QP-KYN-097 2.77%
Sodium QP-KYN-097 1.69%
Zinc QP-KYN-097 2.49%
     
TBA - Not yet finalised please contact laboratory Services for an estimate if required.

 

Ways to recycle water

Please refer to the DERM website for information.

 

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