News

Family believes unexplained illnesses related to water woes

HARD TO STOMACH: Hannah, Abi and Noah Bean inspect the non-potable water from their property at The Gums.
HARD TO STOMACH: Hannah, Abi and Noah Bean inspect the non-potable water from their property at The Gums. Julia Baker

WHEN Kerri Bean moved to The Gums with her husband and six children to live out their dream of living on a country property, she never for a moment thought the water connected to her home could be making her family sick.

Until she discovered the town's water was supplied by a stock bore.

Four years later, the Bean family has been forced to relocate to Chinchilla after suffering a string of unexplained illnesses that Mrs Bean said could be linked to the water her family was drinking and using for household purposes on a daily basis.

In the past three years, Mrs Bean said she and her children suffered from numerous illnesses, including stomach complaints and glandular fever, which had required them to be treated with strong courses of antibiotics.

"Abi, my 10-year-old, had a whole term off school last year due to unexplained abdominal pain. They couldn't work that out, and the lymph nodes in her neck went necrotic, which means they were dying."

In July, Mrs Bean was diagnosed with Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria often found in poor water supplies. Her husband and one of her children also tested positive for the bacteria.

"I myself have never drank the water and I still got Helicobacter, but apparently if you brush your teeth in it it's the same as drinking it every day," MrsBean said.

Mrs Bean said The Gums water supply had been unreliable since the family moved to the property in 2013, but it wasn't until the Australia Day long weekend in January she realised the water had never been tested and was classified as non-potable by council.

"Before the Australia Day weekend, the longest we had been without water was 12hours. This particular time was 36 hours... so I posted something on the Chinchilla Community Forum (Facebook page) and that ended with (Western Downs Regional Council) councillors ringing me."

Mrs Bean claims during a telephone conversation with a councillor, she was told The Gums water came from a livestock bore and was not suitable for human consumption.

"One of the comments made on the phone on that Australia Day was, 'Oh s**t no, I wouldn't be showering in it, let alone drinking it.'

"It became apparent pretty quickly that no one knew it was like that. We just thought it was the same as Tara - that it's non-potable but they know what's in it and it's safe to shower in."

Mrs Bean said there were about 16 properties at The Gums connected to the bore.

Before the Australia Day conversation, the Bean family had never been told their property was being supplied by a livestock bore and council-issued water notices received by the Beans do not list the water as non-potable.

But WDRC councillor for utilities Peter Saxelby said Mrs Bean was made aware by two councillors the water at The Gums was non-potable.

"The real estate agency should have advised them it is not suitable for drinking and if they did a rates search it should have told them that as well," he said.

Cr Saxelby said water classifications and charges for different districts, including non-potable water supplies, were available on council's website.

Western Downs districts that receive non-potable water are charged at 90% of the council's standard consumption charges.

"I do know it's on the council's website and it lists the towns that have a potable supply and raw water supply and a non-potable supply," CrSaxelby said.

Topics:  bore house property water


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Embracing the quality sound

FINE TUNE: Students from the beginner music class at Dalby State School with their new instruments.

Students receive new instruments after fire

Remarkable ring recoveries inspire woman's own plea

APPEAL: Inspired by miraculous recovery stories, Dalby's Katrina Reed has gone public with an appeal to find her husband Scott Reed's ring (inset).

And now she's turning to social media for help

Sex tape sequel: Man caught on camera slapped with penalty

SEX SLAVES: Human trafficking will be discussed at the upcoming Splendour Immerse Women Conference at Gayndah's ACC Church. Photo Brandon Livesay / Central & North Burnett Times

Offender exposed himself on pool table in beer garden

Local Partners

Feedlot expansion plans revised over odour concerns

REVISED plans to expand a feedlot west of Toowoomba to handle 20,000 head of cattle have been lodged with the council.

Jemma's bewitching voice

STAGE PRESENCE: Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical.

Wicked musical theatre star Jemma Rix has released her debut album.

This laughter yoga video will have you in fits of giggles

BEST MEDICINE: Karen Flannery is spreading happiness through laughter throughout Hervey Bay.

New members needed for a laughing good time

Dancers show off skills at Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Milla Rowbotham and Rebecca Gill from All Star Dance Academy .Toowoomba Eisteddfod, Empire Theatre. August 2017

Poems and dances dominated the 72nd City of Toowoomba Eisteddfod

Radio host Matt Okine leaps to small screen

Funnyman talks about the inspiration behind his show, The Other Guy.

Hollywood’s new highest paid actress

Jennifer Lawrence had to settle for third this year behind Emma Stone and Jennifer Aniston.

CAN you guess who has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence?

Movie trailer dubbed too racy for TV

Alicia Vikander stars in Tulip Fever.

THE trailer for Tulip Fever is so saucy some networks have banned it

Liz Hurley, 52, has never looked better

She’s definitely not shy to pose in a bikini.

Life in your 50s has never looked as good as it does on Liz Hurley.

Big Bang Theory star spills details about Season 11

Mayim Bialik plays Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.

MAYIM Bialik has shared some details about what fans can expect.

The Bachelor Australia: Awful joke leaves Matty stunned

Sharlene’s mouth hangs agape after her car crash breakup.

I’m actually one of the bachelorettes — I’m not the external caterer

Samsung set for bigger, beach friendly Note 8

Samsung will be going bigger than ever to launch its Note 8 after this year's launch of the S8.

Water, dust, now sand-resistant?

EXPLAINED: What the 'Costco effect' means for Ipswich

PRICE WARS: A Costco store similar to this one in Canberra, is planned for Ipswich.

Exclusive 'cult' about to change how families do grocery shopping

4800 homes to be built in massive new Coast estate

Masterplanned community full steam ahead - it's not Caloundra South

Open for inspection homes August 17 - 23

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Airbnb, Stayz and co tipped to squeeze Coast housing market

HOLIDAY BOOM: Airbnb letting is putting a further squeeze on long-term rentals.

Councils exploring options to manage the industry

How we got a rental straight away on the Coast

Rita and David Allara, moved down from Townsville, paid three months up front rent to secure the place at flash new unit block in Kings Beach.

Genius move helps secure rental property

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!