Diarrhoea Outbreak In Central Highlands Due Water Contamination

by VR Sreeraman on  January 10, 2009 at 2:10 PM Environmental Health   - G J E 4
 Diarrhoea Outbreak In Central Highlands Due Water Contamination
The mayor of Bluff is upset with the claims that almost all the people in the central Queensland town have contracted diarrhoea by drinking contaminated water.

Central Highlands mayor Peter Maguire hit out at the claims of resident Tim Cummings that "the water is so crook, just about everyone gets gastric sooner or later."

Maguire said that he's "got the s..ts" with reports.

"The whole town doesn't have diarrhoea," the Courier Mail quoted Maguire as saying.

"The story is that everyone in the town has got diarrhoea but that's not true and it (the report) has given me the s..ts," he added.

Maguire said the town had endured problems with its drinking water with runoff from a coalmine increasing salinity and a mechanical breakdown at the Blackwater Water Treatment Plant, leading to partially treated water entering the drinking supply on December 15.

Cumming had claimed that almost everyone in town had contracted diarrhoea from drinking water contaminated by the Ensham mine.

Maguire said he could definitely taste the salt in the water after an earlier release of water from the coal mine but he did not believe it had caused a diarrhoea outbreak.

"We've just had a lot of rain that has flushed out all that dirty water," he said.

Residents of Blackwater and Bluff had been advised to boil their drinking water after the December 15 breakdown at the water treatment plant.

A note on the council's website advised residents that the situation has now been resolved.

Source: ANI

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