Something in the Water? Regional contamination of our water supply

Sunday, 3 May 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am
A glass of water held by a hand above a body of water
Australia is known to have high quality drinking water, and standards that ensure the health and safety of the population. But is this really the whole picture? Although most Australians are accustomed to turning on the tap and safe, clean drinking water flowing out, many regions are suffering from a water crisis. With droughts creating limited water supply and contamination of the water that is available, communities are facing serious impacts. Even in cities the picture is complicated, with levels of contaminants such as lead being recorded that breach Australian water standard guidelines. 
Anthony Amis from Friends of the Earth has been researching the numerous breaches to drinking water standards across Australia, and tracking these through his online map. Alison Bleaney is a doctor in St Helens, Tasmania who has been studying the impacts of pesticide contamination in the drinking water supply on human and biological health. 

This week's show is #1242 and was produced by Em Gayfer
Sunday 11:00am to 11:30am
Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.


Em Gayfer, Megan Williams, Pauline Vetuna, Teishan Ahearne, Bec Horridge, Else Kennedy & Nicky Stott