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04-13-2003, 04:27 PM
Cornwall, fondest vacation memories have collapsed. An unresolved health hazard, and the ennui of successive managers, leave many people unwell.
Drink Cornwall water? Forget it.
Came across an internet back door to this environment advocate. The water supply of hundreds poisoned in the late '80s has gone unresolved. Many suffered, many suffer now. As recently as two years ago, managers sidestep responsibility.
What's going on: isn't water the primary utility? Not in Cornwall it isn't. They even had a government minister along to their conference about it: http://www.environmental-assistance.org/next_generation/conference/lowermoor_conference.html
04-13-2003, 06:16 PM
The conference explored the lessons of the Lowermoor incident in July 1988, when drinking water supplies to 20,000 people in North Cornwall were heavily contaminated with aluminium sulphate. Twenty tonnes of the water treatment chemicals were accidentally dumped in the wrong tank at the Lowermoor water treatment works operated by the former South West Water Authority.
Your first link doesn't work.
Your second link, quoted above, indicates that there was a one-time problem in 1988. One hopes that it has gotten better by now.
Duck Duck Goose
04-13-2003, 06:33 PM
First link, fixed.
Lowermoor Water Poisoning Incident
On 6th July 1988, twenty tonnes of liquid aluminium sulphate solution was delivered to the wrong inlet at the Lowermoor Water Treatment Works owned and operated by South West Water Authority. The aluminium sulphate entered the water distribution network and formed an acidic solution which dissolved further contaminants from the antiquated distribution system into the drinking water supply.The first link refers to an isolated incident of an accidental spill of chemicals into the water supply, on July 6, 1988.
The second link is a schedule for a conference concerning this chemical spill that was held in 1998.
I don't see a topic for debate here at all. It's not an "unresolved health hazard". It was a one-time thing. It's over.
Are you talking about reparations to the victims?
If you just want to rant about pollution in Cornwall, the BBQ Pit is the place for that.
04-13-2003, 08:06 PM
Apparently the medical effects of the spill are an ongoing concern:
Disturbance of cerebral function in people exposed to drinking water contaminated with aluminium sulphate: retrospective study of the Camelford water incident (http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/319/7213/807)
I'd expect that the contamination from the spill itself has been cleaned up. It's not clear whether they ripped up the pipes and replaced them, or flushed the system. The choice would be a touchy issue among the locals.
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