UPDATE: E.coli found in Roma water tank at the airport

FOUND: A routine water quality test has found E.Coli in water tanks that supply the terminal bathrooms at the Roma Airport.
FOUND: A routine water quality test has found E.Coli in water tanks that supply the terminal bathrooms at the Roma Airport.


ROMA Airport's water quality has now been restored, with test results clear of any impurities in the terminal's water tanks, following manual chlorine treatment in the tanks yesterday.

In addition to the treatment, temporary circulation pumps have been installed - investigations are currently underway to obtain permanent circulation pumps and automated chlorination systems for the tanks.

To ensure the water continues to comply with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, additional samples will be taken today, and tomorrow, with regular testing to then resume (weekly).



A ROUTINE water quality test has found E.Coli in water tanks that supply the terminal bathrooms at the Roma Airport.

The water tanks are also used for firefighting supplies.

A Maranoa Regional Council spokeswoman said it is an isolated incident, with all water in Roma remaining safe to drink and no issues identified with the water entering the Roma Airport precinct via the mains.

While the water is being treated, all passengers and staff at the terminal are asked to not drink or wash their hands with the water - hand sanitiser is currently being provided in the bathrooms.

Council is currently working as quickly as possible to manually treat the water onsite at the terminal and restore its quality to comply with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Following today's treatment, a resample will be taken later this evening - the result of this retest will be known by midday tomorrow.

Council has reported this isolated incident to the State's Office of Supply Regulator.

Council will provide more information as it comes to hand. For any enquiries, please call Council on 1300 007 662.

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