Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 4 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 1129 ..
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION
QUESTION ON NOTICE 7
Ms Tucker asked the Minister for Urban Services - in relation to the recent outbreak of cryptosporidium in Canberra:
(1) At what stage during the outbreak did ACTEW begin testing ?
(2) What advice did ACTEW provide to the Government about the outbreak ?
(3) Can you provide details of ACTEW's testing regime during the outbreak.
(4) Did ACTEW at any time during the outbreak test water quality (a) at the outlet tap of any of the affected pools and (b) below the storage reservoirs and if so what were the details of these tests.
(5) Were any repairs, or any other reasons for negative pressure to have occurred in the water supply mains in the vicinity of the (a) Tuggeranong and (b) Erindale pools prior to the outbreak.
(6) Was there any water diverted from any other area where negative pressure occurred in the vicinity of the (a) Tuggeranong and (b) Erindale pools prior to the outbreak.
(7) Does ACTEW have emergency procedures in place to test water quality if a similar water related outbreak occurs in the future, and, if so, how long have such procedures been in place, and what are the details of these emergency and testing procedures.
Mr Smyth - the answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) ACTEW tested Stromlo Water on 7 January 98, Googong Water on 20 January 1998.
ACT Health formed an outbreak team on 30 January 1998.
ACTEW tested daily from 2 February 1998.
(2) ACTEW supplied ACT Health with all results of all cryptosporidium testing performed.
ACTEW supplied ACT Health with maps showing which areas of Canberra and Queanbeyan were supplied by Stromlo or Googong Water Treatment Plant.
ACTEW was represented on the outbreak team.
ACTEW supplied all water supply information required by ACT Health.