Residents of a small non-descript town in Tasmania known as Royal George facing water poisoning has got the Tasmanian health officials worried. Children residing in the town were tested for lead exposure but that has not been enough to provide relief to the cautious health department officials of Tasmania.
The supply of water has been found to have a high content of arsenic, cadmium and lead. The government has also asked adults residing in the town to voluntarily come up for blood testing. Ever since the level of pollution was found to be high in the water, a tank has been providing treated water to the small town which is located in the north east region of Tasmania.
The source of water, St. Paul’s river was found to be polluted with high levels of metal in the month of July. The discovery was made in the month of July.
A tin mine, which had halted its functioning in the year 1928, has been found to be the culprit behind the high levels of metal poisoning in the river.
It has further been stated by Dr Chrissie Pickin, Deputy Director, Public Health that free blood test would be provided to all the people residing in the town.
According to Dr. Pickin, a water tank containing clean water has been installed at Royal George by the local council.