Fluoride now part of Rocky life
DESPITE a year of ongoing fluoride dosage problems for south-east Queensland’s water, it’s all smiles at Fitzroy River Water.
Today marks two weeks since fluoride was introduced into the water supply and according to FRW boss Neil Hanschen everything is going well.
The introduction of fluoride was one of the most contentious issues of 2009, but it’s now part of Rockhampton life.
Yesterday, southern media reported south-east Queensland’s fluoridated water was still in breach of health regulations almost a year after its rollout.
SEQWater is reportedly struggling to get the concentration of the chemical right, with under-dosing at one of the five treatment plants in the most recent September quarter, while another plant remained out of action.
This followed revelations that all five south-east Queensland plants failed to hit their marks and under-dosed residents in the first three months of the rollout.
Mr Hanschen, FRW’s general manager, said as far he was aware no complaints had been received since fluoridation started in Rockhampton.
He said two meters were used to monitor the dose as fluoride was added to the water supply and a third meter was used to monitor the dose before it was pumped to the city.
“The plant, with all the required safety arrangements in place, is still in its commissioning phase and the council is confident the plant will be signed off and operating effectively by mid-January,” a council statement said.
“Council reassures the community that there are quite strict security systems in place to prevent overdosing.
“While it won’t overdose the water supply, the dose rate will vary until the contractor has completed commissioning the plant.”
The introduction of water into the water supply for Rockhampton, Gracemere and The Caves has angered sections of the community.
A protest rally against the State Government is expected later this month.