Beware her­bi­cide

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

WITH re­gard to the wa­ter qual­ity at Bar­gara, re Newsmail 1/3/16, ev­ery­body would know that Sun­wa­ter places a wa­ter weed mow­ing agent (car­bon based her­bi­cide) in the chan­nels called Acrolein and that farm­ers are in­formed by reg­u­lar no­tices in the pa­per when this hap­pens to stop pump­ing wa­ter, as it will kill their crops. The the­ory al­ways be­ing that this sur­face wa­ter was never meant for hu­man con­sump­tion – un­til the un­der­ground aquifers could not cope with the pop­u­la­tion growth in the sea­side ar­eas and this once agri­cul­ture-only-use wa­ter made its way to do­mes­tic wa­ter sup­plies. I also know from re­search many years ago that the coun­cil has a hold­ing pe­riod for re­lease of this wa­ter for do­mes­tic use at Kalkie. How­ever as I know Acrolein can trig­ger res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems I won­der whether per­haps high/low PH from re­cent rains and a dose of this chem­i­cal may be the cause of this skin ir­ri­ta­tion which I also have no­ticed. Thank­fully, we do not drink the stuff in our house, but I have long held the be­lief that not only coun­cil and farm­ers need to be aware when this chem­i­cal is used in our wa­ter sup­plies but also do­mes­tic users have the right to know, par­tic­u­larly if some may have al­ler­gies or asthma – just as a pre­cau­tion. Again, whether this is the cause or not we’ll prob­a­bly never know.

Mike John­son

Bar­gara.

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