MidCoast Water toFront Gloucester Residents Over Chlorine Contamination

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MidCoast Water says it has launched an independent investigation after an equipment failure resulted in a chlorine overdose in Gloucester’s water supply. Photo credit: ABC

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MidCoast Water says it has launched an independent investigation after an equipment failure resulted in a chlorine overdose in Gloucester’s water supply.

Staff have spent several days flushing the system, and water officials are holding public meetings in the town today.

Schools, hospitals and nursing homes have been briefed, with some people suffering adverse reactions.

MidCoast Water’s acting general manager Brendan Guiney said an independent investigation will be done by Hunter H2O, to look at the cause of the incident and the organisation’s response.

“We want to ensure, absolutely, that the situation won’t be repeated,” he said.

“If we want to look at things beyond equipment, such as human factors or procedures, we need someone to stand outside and have a good look at it.”

Mr Guiney said officials will front Gloucester residents today.

“We also need to speak to business people,” he said.

“Some businesses did have to close for a day, so yes, just to present a face to the situation and answer any remaining questions.”

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