Water quality

This report shows that the underground water adjacent the proposed development site                                            Maurie Payne         PRISTINE WATER SYSTEMS – GC NORTH

is not in good condition at present. Sewage effluent dispersal for up to 1499 persons,                                               458 Henri Robert Drive     ABN:  84 757 408 468

carpark runoff, site construction and chemical cleaners, detergents etc, might not improve it!                                 Mt Tamborine          Maurie@pristinewater.net.au

                                                                                                                                                                                          Phone 5545 4246

                                                                                                                                                                                          0408 764 932 

                                                                                                                                                                                          21st January 2009                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr Gary Poole

                                                                                                                                                                                          The Escarpment

                                                                                                                                                                                          123 Alpine Terrace

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mt Tamborine

                                                                                                                                                                                          Qld. 4272

Dear Sir

Please be advised that I changed the filters at The Escarpment on 15th January 2009 as part of the agreed regular service. I must draw to your attention the poor state of the filters and the level of contamination evident therein, particularly as the water passing through the filters comes exclusively from the bore on the property.

All filters contained a high level of contamination from sediment and, it appears, from iron staining. The level of contamination appeared significantly more prevalent than when I have changed the filters (at six monthly intervals) previously.

I need to say that I am alarmed at what appears to be a significant reduction in the water quality from the ground water source and, should the reduction in quality and the increase in contaminants continue, the viability of the ground water source may be threatened in the near future.

It is not known with certainty just what demands there are upon the local underground water sources, but there certainly is evidence that the water source you presently tap into appears to be under threat as a reliable provider of quality water.


Yours faithfully

Maurie Payne

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