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Public drinking fountain update

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 12 July 2018

The majority of Warrnambool’s public drinking fountains have been switched back on. 
 
All fountains were temporarily turned off in June as a precaution following the discovery of slightly elevated levels of lead in two units.
 
Warrnambool City Council Manager City Amenity Glenn Reddick said that eight units remained out of service following rigorous testing of all drinking fountains.
 
“Council conducted 40 water quality tests, which included all public drinking fountains and some Council facilities,” he said.
 
“Fountains that passed the testing have been switched back on, while further testing is being carried out to determine what needs to be done to ensure the remaining fountains meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines limits.
 
“In some instances, this may mean the replacement of fittings while in others, all that may be required is for the water to be flushed though the system on a regular basis.”
 
Council undertook the testing after it was revealed that drinking fountains in Geelong were delivering water with lead above the recommended limits.
 
Following the findings at Geelong, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest advised that:
 
People do not need to be worried if they have consumed water from the affected drinking fountains. While the levels of lead detected are above the health guideline value in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, they are not of immediate concern, as drinking water fountains are not the main source of daily drinking water.
 
The impacts of plumbing materials in contact with drinking water is an emerging issue worldwide. Experts and regulators across Australia are working together to better understand the issue, with the aim of minimising exposure to lead from drinking water.

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