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Is Our Water Safe to Drink?

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Tags: Water

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Water spokesperson

When asked about the ongoing issues with infrastructure and water contamination in Tasmania, the Minister for Local Government, Peter Gutwein MP, happily hand-balled the question to Jeremy Rockliff MP, under Primary Industries and Water, to talk about waterway testing.

Minister Rockliff waffled about the government's reduced testing capacity in our waterways, saying only sites where pollutants were known to be would be tested. That's a serious issue in itself, but not the one we asked about.

At last year’s AGM, the Local Government Association of Tasmania passed a unanimous motion to lobby the state government for legislation on real time water testing data. We want to know what the government is doing about it.

This is a serious issue that's got worse over the Summer. There are ongoing contamination issues at Rosebery and persistent lead levels in other areas around the state.

Tasmanians have the right to know what's in the water coming out of their taps. It's reasonable to ask for testing to be done, and the data collected and available in a quick timeframe.

We live in the 21st century and have the technology to test our water supply. All we need now is a government who'll make sure reticulated water testing information is publicly available, and that our water is safe to drink.