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Monday, May 11, 2009

Anna Bligh and QWC to produce new recycled water videos ...



Watch the video and see if you can spot the errors.

Here's a hint:

"Filters effectively remove anything larger than a water molecule.

A water molecule is made up of just three atoms.

Potentially harmful compounds contain far greater numbers of atoms and as such are too large to pass though [the membranes]."

Except:

This is a sample of what is in Anna Bligh's 'purified' recycled water:

Inorganic chemicals
  • Aluminium
  • Fluoride
  • Boron
  • Iron
  • Cadmium
  • Manganese
  • Copper
  • Sulphate
Disinfection by-products
  • Bromate
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Chloroform
  • NDMA
Other organic chemicals
  • 4-tert-octylphenol
  • Cholesterol
  • Bisphenol A
  • Nonylphenol
Herbicides and pesticides
  • Dalapon
  • Triclopyr
Pharmaceuticals and personal care products
  • Caffeine
  • Paracetamol
  • DEET
  • Salicylic acid 

What?  Not pure you say?

But what about the confident statements in the video?

Could Anna Bligh and the QWC have misled us?

Do they need new videos ...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two points come to mind.

One - Why did Bligh bother putting fluoride in the water supply? It's in the recycled water.

Two - I can save money buying my coffee each morning by just having some recycled water with its caffeine content.

7:12 PM, May 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god Kevin never got to build his dream plant in Toowoomba. What a mess the Brisbane one is. How many billions did they spend on this disaster?

7:36 PM, May 11, 2009

 
Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

Advanced oxidation:

"By the end of this barrier, any remaining chemicals or impurities are reduced to harmless levels well below safe drinking water standards."

"This is now 100% purified recycled water."

Unless of course it's not and you need the government to lower safe drinking water standards to accommodate the impurities.

10:13 PM, May 11, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More spin on the way from the Qld government no doubt.

9:48 AM, May 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like enough tax payer dollars haven't already been spent (wasted) on recycled waste water - what a great idea to spend more on some videos - yipee-di-doo-da - I guess it's hard to market a product that is more expensive than the abundantly available naturally made alternative ... Those looking for a return on the money already spent on PRW, must be wondering where their market will come from - I just hope the public isn't forced into drinking (and purchasing) PRW after the majority in the community clearly voted NO on this issue.

5:44 PM, May 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Kevin Flanagan & Allan Kleinschmit should tender their resignation because they have totally mislead us.
They have always said that nothing gets through the membrane.

5:48 PM, May 12, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how the TRC and UNSW people so in favour of recycled water are very very quiet now all this has come out.

6:50 PM, May 12, 2009

 
Blogger Mr T said...

The "nothing gets through" has never really been compatible with the "30mg per Litre of TDS" in the literature .... plus whatever 'nano-nasties' slip thru too.

9:08 PM, May 12, 2009

 
Blogger Concerned Ratepayer said...

For the record, the 30mg/l TDS was covered up by the Toowoomba City Council until they were forced to admit it once the NWC funding application was wrestled off them via a FOI request.

Up until that point, the Toowoomba City Council maintained that nothing got through the membranes and their diagrams showed this.

What fools!

9:25 PM, May 12, 2009

 

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