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However in order to deliver water safely to your home in Sydney a number of measures have to be taken and chemicals have to be added to prevent water borne diseases such as cholera.
Sydney Water add Chlorine Gas and Ammonia as a disinfectant; typical chlorine levels in Sydney are 0.2 – 1.0 mg/L in free chlorine systems (no ammonia), or 0.4 – 1.4 mg/L in monochloramine (chlorine and ammonia) systems.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s)
DOZENS of unpublicised breaches of water pollution rules in Sydney this year have exposed Sydney Water workers to potential health risks, their union says.
The waste water network deals with hazardous materials such as benzene, ammonia, hexavalent chromium and low-level radioactive wastes from hospitals, which are flushed away under licence from industrial sites in Sydney and Wollongong.
Atrazine – banned in Europe used in Australia – found in tap water in USA 14.1 million people routinely drink water contaminated with five major agricultural herbicides (atrazine, cyanazine, simazine, alachlor, and metolachlor). Source Tap Water Blues http://psep.cce.cornell.edu/issues/pesticides-water.aspx
Disinfection by Proucts (DBP’s) Trihalomethanes (THM’s)
Chlorine interacts with organic materials in water to form a mixture of disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Although concentrations in the drinking water are quite low, there is concern that some chemicals in the mixture may increase cancer risk. A DCEG study of six cancer sites conducted in Iowa found associations of rectal and bladder cancers with long-term (> 40 years) exposure to drinking water high in these unintentional byproducts. The data from additional cancer sites included in the study are under evaluation. Recent studies indicate that dermal and inhalation exposures to trihalomethanes (THM), a major component of DBP in treated water, can be significant. With collaborators in Spain, we evaluated DBP in relation to bladder cancer risk in the Spanish Bladder Cancer Study, considering exposure via ingestion, showering/bathing, and swimming in pools. THM exposure estimates revealed an overall two-fold excess of bladder cancer among individuals with estimated household levels above 49 mg/L and the association was modified by polymorphisms in DBP metabolizing enzymes. We have assessed exposure to DBP in the New England Bladder Cancer Study and are now evaluating bladder cancer risk by route of DBP exposure and interactions with genes involved in pathways that activate or detoxify DBP.
President Obama’s Cancer Council have recommended the use of a water filter to avoid ingesting disinfectant by products
Arises out of the common use of lead based solder on brass fittings and copper pipes up until as recently as 1989. As a result of corrosion, there is a potential for the lead to leach into the water after prolonged contact. It is therefore the consumption of first flush water – the first cup of tea in the morning – which presents a hazard.This was demonstrated in a study conducted by Dr Brian Gulson, in 1992 in the Sydney suburbs of Turramurra, Burwood, and Epping and in Broken Hill in the far west of New South Wales. The study revealed that the lead levels in first flush tap water in many cases exceeded the acceptable level.
Maybe of Concern
The fluoride added to the water is a waste product of the fertiliser industry – Hydrofluosilicic acid, sodium silicofluoride and sodium fluoride are commonly sourced from phosphate fertilizer manufacturers:
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It seems that Sydney Water are yet again having to explain the unexplainable, front page of The Sun Herald Sunday 17th February 2013………TAINTED TAP SHAME Sydney Water accused of cover-up after residents get sick. Residents of Botany experienced symptoms of dizziness and vomiting in December last year, residents reported that the water smelt of gas or petrol! Fairfax media reported that there were about 100 complaints and a health warning was issued for residents not to drink the water. Sydney Water has said that its employee bungled the test results however tests that were undertaken by a resident showed that there were traces of chloroform and bromide. Full Sydney water contamination article. Despite adding more and more chemicals to the water such as chloramines it seems that it is still a lottery as to what ends up at your tap.
Whilst it is true that a lot of water filter cartridges will remove chloramine, they have to be run so slowly that it would be a very slow process to fill a glass of water. We have a specialised extruded carbon cartridge which is certified to remove chloramine from the water, we recommend a twin undersink system or reverse osmosis to guarantee chloramine removal.