Whiteman Park taps shut off in lead scare

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TODAY TONIGHT EXCLUSIVE: A special investigation into Perth’s drinking water found high lead levels in the taps at Whiteman Park.
We’ll have an update on tonight’s show, 6.30pm on Channel 7

Posted by Today Tonight on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

 

DRINKING fountains have been shut off at one of Perth’s most popular family and tourist spots, after the discovery of dangerous lead contamination.

In one case, a tap in Whiteman Park village labelled as filtered drinking water contained lead at 18 times the limit set by health authorities.

Testing of 10 drinking fountains and taps in and around the park by Channel 7’s Today Tonight found more than half contained elevated lead levels.

The State Government, which owns the park, took swift action after being alerted to the problem, placing warning signs on taps and digging up pipes to stop the flow.

The water sources were all found near playgrounds and picnic areas.

Independent testing to verify the results was tonight under way.

The Department of Health said it would take any action needed to ensure the water supply was safe.

“The levels as currently reported do exceed the health risk values,” a spokesperson said.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti, whose department manages the park, has advised visitors to bring bottled water.

Interim arrangements have also been made to provide bottled water to all park employees and volunteers.

University of WA water researcher Anas Ghadouani said parents of children who played at Whiteman Park were right to be concerned.

“It (lead) is very toxic and it also accumulates in the system,” he said.

“It stays there and it is particularly toxic to children.”

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