Sam­ples cause for con­cern

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion -

In re­sponse to the Min­is­ter for Wa­ter, WA Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion and the mayor (Coastal pol­lu­tion fears dis­missed, 31/10).

Firstly, I want to point out that the sam­ple men­tioned had a thresh­old up­per limit set for the li­cence at 15.

It came in at 18,000 with sev­eral oth­ers at 8000 to 14,000; 41 per cent of off­shore sam­ples ex­ceeded the thresh­old and 26 per cent of shore­line sam­ples ex­ceeded their limit.

So the gov­ern­ment bod­ies say that these oc­cur­rences of dis­charges above the li­cence set thresh­old di­lute and pose no health prob­lems?

Why then do the on­shore sam­pling points be­tween Point Peron and Long Point show lev­els well above the thresh­old lev­els taken at the same time?

The same an­nual re­ports show sim­i­lar trends taken from out­lets north of Perth at Swan­bourne and Ocean Reef that may be news for beach­go­ers in those ar­eas.

There are no sam­pling points for the Point Peron waste-wa­ter treat­ment plant on the Rock­ing­ham side of the cause­way.

Dr Steve Capewell said these sam­ples are ex­pected to be high on oc­ca­sion.

Well the pub­lic think dif­fer­ently, we were sold on the premise and en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cence that the sew­er­age was treated be­fore be­ing dis­charged.

This is now 2018 and pa­ram­e­ters set in the 1985 en­vi­ron­men­tal li­cence are well and truly below pub­lic’s ex­pec­ta­tions to­day.

Tom Man­nion

Safety Bay

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