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.