Farm owner Andrew O’Brien has warned local water suppliers not to give their customers contaminated water.
“It is important that you know what to do, what to tell your customers,” Mr O’Briens message reads.
“You may be surprised to hear that I am not a water drinkers but I will not be drinking contaminated water from anyone who has never even tasted water.
It has never been my intention to do that, and I don’t think that I will ever do it again.”
The farm is one of several in Queensland which have reported high levels of contamination with a bacterium called Pb-Ag-1b.
Mr O’Brab is the head of the Queensland Water Industry Association and a water purveyor.
He says many of his customers are concerned about contamination.
“I do believe that water quality in Queensland is improving, but it is certainly not good enough for the amount of water that we drink,” he said.
“What is important is we have good water quality, and if we do not have good quality water in Queensland, it is going to impact on our economy.”
He said some water supply companies have recently increased their testing for the bacterium.
“We have a lot of tests, we have a big number of tests,” he explained.
“If we get a very high test and we find that there are no signs of contamination, then we do test again and again and we do find that it is low levels of the bacterion.”
Mr O’tBrien has also advised water companies not to supply water to anyone who had never tasted water before.
“The most important thing is that you do not supply water that you have not tried.
It is very important that everyone who has ever tasted water that comes from the water supply system knows that it has never tasted from us, and it has not been your intention to come in contact with it,” he added.
The Queensland Water and Wastewater Authority has been working with the State Government and the Water Industry Union to identify water sources for contamination.
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