27/9/06: Derwent River Atrazine: 0.08ug/L (Tim Morris MP FoI)
March 2009 Hexazinone Hobart Water Supply
The State Government says there’s no need to be alarmed but small amounts of a herbicide called hexazinone have been found in Hobart’s drinking water supply and it’s likely forestry operations are to blame. The Greens says it’s a public health risk but the Government says the levels aren’t high enough to cause harm.
FELICITY OGILVIE: Hobart’s drinking water comes from the Derwent River. And the river contains more things than water; a herbicide called Hexazinone has been found at one of the city’s water treatment plants.
DAVID LLEWELLYN: As such my department is working with forestry companies in the area to examine practices and identify any measures that can be implemented to mitigate the chance of contamination in the future.
TIM MORRIS: The Government has not disclosed where these chemicals have come from. They say it’s highly likely that the chemical detection found in Hobart’s water was from a forestry pine plantation redevelopment operation.