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Health – Drinking Water at the RHH

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 5 June 2023

Tags: Water Quality, Royal Hobart Hospital, State Budget

Dr WOODRUFF - Thanks, that will be great.

This is another question. It's about K-Block and the water and lead contamination issue, the conversation about the quality of the drinking water in K Block. Are patients in K Block at the Royal Hobart Hospital now able to use taps in their rooms for drinking water supply?

Mr GREGORY - The issue we had during the commissioning of K Block related to lead and nickel associated with new tap fittings and water sitting in the pipes for a long period of time prior to the commissioning. That was all resolved during the commissioning process for K Block. I can confirm that we continue testing just as a routine process, testing water for a range of things. I can confirm that 100 per cent of the taps that are designated for drinking water are passing and 98 per cent of the taps that are not for drinking water are passing the standard.

Dr WOODRUFF - In answer to my question, are patients advised that they can brush, drink water, et cetera from taps running in their rooms? Are they given any advice not to do that?

Mr GREGORY - They can certainly use the water for brushing their teeth, rinsing and showering. Where there are any particular taps that are designated as not for drinking water, they are very clearly labelled. They are generally washing taps, generally the taps where medical staff scrub down and so on.

Dr WOODRUFF - How many taps are designated not for drinking or not for using for potable water?

Mr GREGORY - We will check that number.