It is unacceptable that towns in the State’s north-east have the worst water quality in the nation according to environmental scientists reported on national television last night, Greens Leader and Member for bass Kim Booth MP said today.
“Taswater has been proceeding at the rate of a comatose snail, providing eight water tanks in two years is pathetic and the government has been utterly negligent in their response,” Mr Booth said.
“The chilling reality is that heavy metal contamination levels, including up to 50 times the allowable limit for lead, have been recorded in peoples drinking water.”
“Boil water alerts don’t get rid of lead, the government knows it and it begs the question as to whom knew what and when, and why weren’t communities advised immediately.”
“If the Macquarie University report is correct, then the water source is clear and it’s the pipeline infrastructure that is the culprit.”
“TasWater have an obligation to immediately replace the lead contaminated infrastructure that it owns rather than their back to the village well approach, followed by water tanks.”
“What sort of uncaring government would think that it is acceptable that an 80 plus year old woman, is expected to stagger home with a 20 litre water bottle from a communal tank?”
“The communities of Pioneer, Winnaleah, Ringarooma and others are not interested in further buck-passing amongst the authorities. They just want reliable, clean and safe drinking water, and the government needs to pull out all stops to deliver it,” Mr Booth said.