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Print Posted By Safe Cosmetics Australia on 09/07/2017 in Health & Wellbeing

Two of the gravest concerns about Australia's tap water

Two of the gravest concerns about Australia's tap water

Safe Cosmetics Australia is raising the question for Australians, is our tap water safe for drinking? America has a huge problem with dioxane contaminating their drinking water, dioxane it is a highly toxic chemical, but has there been any reports on the issues concerning Australia's tap water and contamination?

Prior to the 1990's Australians took great pride in the health and safety of their drinking water. But, in 1998 when Sydney was preparing to host the 2000 Olympics, Sydney Water was forced to send out an alert warning that Sydneysiders that the water from its largest treatment plant was contained with dangerous parasites and found to be unsafe to drink. The problem was addressed, however, the source of the contamination was never pinpointed. This incident marked the beginning of the issue concerning the safety and quality of Sydney water. The public’s trust diminished significantly.

According to an article by Clear Water "Two of the gravest concerns about tap water centre around heavy metals and the chlorine that is used to disinfect the water. In the year 2000, the Australian government undertook the first National Land and Water Resources Audit and came to some conclusions that should be of interest to anyone concerned with the quality of their drinking water. Amongst the key findings of the study were those concerned with water quality" - The study covered four aspects of water quality: Nitrogen levels, Phosphorous levels, Salinity and Turbidity. Two of the gravest concerns about tap water centre around heavy metals and the chlorine that is used to disinfect the water:

1. Heavy metals are known to cause a number of neurological and physical diseases.

2. High levels of chlorine are linked with a number of health issues, including miscarriages and birth defects.


Peter Hannam reports for SMH - "Sydney's main reservoir, Warragamba Dam, was among areas with the poorest results in the water audit. The audit, which covers the 16,000-square-kilometre catchment that stretches from Lithgow in the Blue Mountains to near Cooma and stores as much as 2.6 million megalitres of water, found "reduced water availability" compared with the 2013 report."


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