Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0221 TDT Contents TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2014 5
COME AND GIVE THIS FUN ACTIVITY A GO!
Families and singles are
invited to come and play
on Sunday 23rd February
Starting at 2pm
Ring the Memo Club on
8962 2474 for a pick-up in the
Courtesy Bus (children must
travel with an adult) or use the
ample parking in front.
If you are a Memo Club
member –you’re in!
Otherwise, just sign the
If you support it, we
hope to make Social Bowls
a weekly activity.
Continuous chlorination: delivering safe drinking
water for Tennant Creek
Power and Water Corporation is introducing continous chlorination to the water delivery process in
Tennant Creek. This will ensure the delivery of safe drinking water to Tennant Creek residents and
businesses. Please see the FAQs below that provide some background information about the decision
and continuous chlorination.
Why are we building a continuous chlorination plant? Why change the way things
are done now?
The current system is not working. It is failing the people of Tennant Creek and putting them at
unnecessary risk. For example a rise in E. coli levels can cause illness particularly in children and
vulnerable members of the community.
Currently, hand dosing of chlorine is taking place. This is a reactive process that means larger doses of
chlorine are being used in response to water test failures. When the chlorination plant is in operation,
continued, controlled and importantly, lower levels of chlorine are used.
Better data, better understanding
More information and better quality data is now available. It gives a clearer picture and greater
understanding of what is in Tennant Creek’s water and the potential risks.
Currently, the risks to Tennant Creek’s water supply are not being managed in a satisfactory way.
Have I been at risk up until now?
The water supply has been monitored and hand dosed with chlorine as a reactionary measure when
problems have arisen. No serious health risk has been detected to date. However, indications suggest
that it may only be a matter of time before problems arise.
Power and Water’s extensive monitoring program over recent years has demonstrated numerous water
quality failures. This has included the need for precautionary ‘boil water’ notices. This new data we have
gathered shows evidence to support additional protection.
Why chlorination? Were other options considered?
Ultra violet (UV) disinfection was also considered. A full assessment of the advantages and disadvantag-
es of this alternate disinfection treatment was undertaken. There were two main disadvantages with UV;
the lack of effectiveness throughout the entire water network and the significant cost of installation of a
Where and when is continuous chlorination going to happen?
It is expected that the continuous chlorination plant will be located at the Cabbage Gum Pump Station,
15km South of Tennant Creek. The plant footprint will be no larger than a garden shed. It should be
fully operational by July 2014.
What happens in the meantime?
Power and Water Corporation will continue a thorough sampling regime along with hand dosed
chlorination should it be necessary.
What about the taste and smell of chlorine?
Tennant Creek has already had chlorination through hand dosing following water test failures. Regular
notices have been published in the local paper.
The level of chlorine in hand dosing instances is higher than with continuous chlorination treatment.
Taste and odours are likely to be below what residents may have experienced in the recent past.
I’ve heard that there are some cancer risks with chlorine, should I be worried?
No, you should not be worried. Tests of Tennant Creek source water indicates very low risk, particularly
compared to the health risks associated with untreated water.
Power and Water will continue to test samples and publish results in annual drinking water quality reports.
Is fluoride being considered?
Fluoride dosing is not required because of the natural levels of fluoride currently present in the water.
Fluoride is recommended by National and State health authorities to enhance protection of teeth.
Where can I get more information?
If you have any technical or general enquiries regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact our
customer service centre on 1800 245 092 or email email@example.com
Attention correspondence to “Water Quality – Water Services”.
POWER AND WATER CORPORATION
YAWN. Here we go again.
Power Water intends to drip feed poison into our water
supply under the guise of a ‘safer’ drinking water plan.
The Corporation’s previous attempt to continuously
chlorinate Tennant Creek water 12 years ago was dashed
by community opposition including a referendum
indicating 80 per cent of residents opposed the idea.
Now they’ve come back for a second round with
claims that “the health of the Tennant Creek community
is being put at risk at the moment” and “new data shows
the additional protection continuous chlorination brings
will give an important health benefit to the community”.
“No one should have to worry about getting sick from
drinking water from the tap ... that’s the kind of concern
for people in emerging nations, not somewhere like
Australia,” the propaganda released this week sprouts.
Ironically, most people in Tennant Creek already live
in situations worse than emerging nations because
of policy failures and government inaction that have
nothing to do with tap water. But they probably think
it makes them look like they care.
Clearly the Corporation doesn’t care about the Tennant
Creek water quality.
Otherwise it would address issues such as the naturally
occurring fluoride that is well above the World Health
Not to mention the levels of strontium that aren’t even
monitored by Power Water.
And then there’s the array of other dissolved sub-
stances, the proof of which is most obvious in build-ups
around sinks and toilets.
What has the caring corporation done about this?
During the previous battle to protect the local water
supply, Power Water agreed to investigate safer methods
of water sterilisation including ozone treatment, ultra
violet radiation and technology using low frequency
Tenders were called to install an ultra violet system
in Tennant Creek but nothing happened.
Now they’re going to bang on about the merits of
chlorination and try to brainwash people into believ-
ing the carcinogenic and mutagenic by-products are
negligible or ‘within guidelines’.
During the last round, none of the know-alls were able
to answer the question: ‘How many trihalomethanes
does it take to cause cancer?’
Can they answer that now? Of course they can’t.
So how about Power and Water prioritises the prob-
lems with our water and then starts looking at safer,
cheaper ways to keep it clean.
Willowra man dead
after community riot
A WILLOWRA elder
has died following a
bance on Tuesday.
Police were called from a
to settle the riot at about
The death is the latest in-
cident in a string of brawls
and community unrest that
has plagued Willowra for
years. No charges have
been laid so far but inves-
tigating into the matter
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