I saw this in my local paper today (The Mail, Wednesday June 30, 2010 Page 15) and thought I should share it with ya. I couldn't find the digital
edition, so I scanned it and uploaded the article here:
Sorry, but I can't embed it, as the media portal has never worked for me
I'll paraphrase the article:
Chlorine is a no-brainer
Busselton Water board has no option but to chlorinate it's water supply, according to a health department expert.
This is option of Dr Richard Lugg, the chair of the advisory committee for the purity of water, which reports back to the Minister of Health.
Dr Lugg briefed Busselton shire councillors and addressed the council at last weeks special council meeting
“For the water board, there really isn't another option – they have to do it,” he said.
“For the scientific community, it's a non-issue. For the public health people it's a sigh of relief – there's too much of the local economy
invested in tourism to be taking chances with the water supply.”
“For the ordinary people of Busselton, who use chlorine in their everyday lives, it's a no brainer. And for this council, the great promoter and
enforcer of chlorination in this shire, I think it's just a matter of business as usual”
“Throughout the world chlorination is far an away the most widely practised method of making water supplies safe for consumption.” he said.
“Why? Because of it's wonderful combination of safety and effectiveness”
“The only thing that distinguishes this shire from the other local governments in WA in this respect is that it has the largest unchlorinated water
supply in the state, indeed as far as I'm aware the whole of Australia.”
Dr Lugg said it was an anomaly that Busselton has the largest unchlorinated water supply in the state.
“One of the reason the tide of chlorination has taken so long to reach Busselton is that you actually have very good water here.”
“What is needed is a method is disinfection that will provide a residual killing power in the water while it is in the distribution system.”
“In the end it was a choice the board had little alternative but to accept.”
Now my view:
Sorry, but since when is adding a chemical that has 'residual killing power' into our bodies a 'no-brainer'? Especially when it's admitted that
Busso “actually has very good water here”
What are your thoughts on this story?
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 1/7/10 by shamus78]