I thank the member for Rosevears for asking that question on behalf of the member for McIntyre while she is overseas.
(1) I am advised that between 2010 and 2012 a number of low-level exceedances of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines quality limit for lead were detected during routine sampling of water in Pioneer. Subsequently, the then director of Public Health took the precautionary action of requiring Ben Lomond Water to issue a 'do not consume' notice to recipients of this water and to provide them with an alternative supply of safe drinking water.
A plan for service replacement in Pioneer was initiated by Ben Lomond Water and then undertaken by TasWater, which involved the installation of rainwater tanks managed by residents. The process was supported by Public Health Services. After residents raised further concerns, Public Health Services engaged with TasWater, which has subsequently undertaken further assessments and testing of roofs and water in Pioneer, and is
discussing options with residents.
(2) It is anticipated that residents will have access to safe drinking water following completion of works.
(3) to (8)
Advice is being sought from TasWater regarding these questions. The Government will provide the member with correspondence as soon as that advice is received.
(9) In a letter dated 7 December 2018, the Director of Public Health expressed to TasWater that while rainwater tanks had been installed widely through Pioneer, the condition of
some roof catchments and associated plumbing had not been addressed. I am advised
that limited water testing had not identified exceedances of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines quality limit for lead in tank water. TasWater has installed filters in supplies to
mitigate this risk to household drinking water, should it arise. The Director of Public Health
advised TasWater of his view that further definitive works were needed.
(10) A resident of Pioneer has shared with Public Health Services the results of an analysis of brass plumbing fittings. The minister has advised that the results of all the tested fittings complied with the relevant standard.