CONCERNED RESIDENT: The non-biting midge discovered in a Gympie woman's tap two weeks ago.
CONCERNED RESIDENT: The non-biting midge discovered in a Gympie woman's tap two weeks ago. Philippe Coquerand

Woman left wondering 'what the?' after turning on tap

IN the wake of several town water supply scares south of the Gympie region this month, one Gympie resident was left wondering what she was drinking on the weekend when a glass of water from the tap came with a dash of wriggling wildlife - and it was not mosquito larvae.

South of Gympie, Seqwater and Redland City Council have issued a warning to residents of Karragarra Island, Macleay Island and Lamb Island amid fears the water had become contaminated.

In Gympie, a woman had the shock of her life when she turned on the drinking tap to discover the larvae.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, kept the larvae for two weeks before approaching friend Peter Murtagh with it.

Mr Murtagh took the specimen to the council as he was concerned other people could be affected.

"If somebody got that through their stomach it wouldn't be good," he said.

"These critters turn up everywhere, I suppose where you get water that's not treated properly.

"It could be a parasite, it could multiply."

 

CONCERNED RESIDENT: Gympie's Peter Murtagh with the non-biting midge discovered more than two weeks ago.
CONCERNED RESIDENT: Gympie's Peter Murtagh with the non-biting midge discovered more than two weeks ago. Philippe Coquerand

A Gympie Regional Council spokesman said after close examination, the sample shown to council officers was the larvae of a "non-biting midge."

"A relatively common, non-harmful larva which is found in a variety of water sources including water tanks and rivers. It is not found in town reticulation systems," the spokesman said.

"Gympie's town water supply is treated at Jones Hill to meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. One of the key treatment processes is to disinfect the water to ensure that no microbes exist.

"Tests of the town water in the water main revealed that there was still a disinfection residual, ruling out any contamination."

Further investigations are currently being conducted by council staff.

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