AUSTRALIA’S financial watchdog has ruled a financial institution that supplied water to a Victorian farm was not at fault over an outbreak of the bacteria known as “grey water”.
Key points:The NSW Department of Primary Industries said the contamination affected 1,000 litres of waterA report from the regulator found no significant risk to peopleThe company said it was investigating the incidentThe NSW Dept of Primary Industry said the risk to residents in the area was minimalThe NSW State Government said the water in question was not used for farming and was supplied by a private company.
The Department of Fair Trading said the NSW Department would investigate the water supply.
It said in its report on the matter, it was not able to determine if the water was supplied to people in the affected areas.
But NSW Fair Trading chief executive Tim Cawley said the State Government had provided sufficient information about the source of the contamination and “it’s important to consider that the source is not associated with farming”.
“The source of this contamination is not a farmer,” he said.
“It is an unauthorised water supplier, and therefore there’s no risk to the general public.”
In a statement to ABC News, the NSW State Minister for Fair Trading, Mark Bailey, said the investigation was ongoing.
“The NSW Government is continuing to conduct a thorough review of this incident, including the potential source of contamination, to determine whether any action is required and whether any appropriate actions are needed to protect the environment,” he told the ABC.
“This review will also include an assessment of the appropriate response and mitigation measures.”NSW will also work with the Victorian Government and the Australian Federal Police to ensure that there is no further disruption to the agriculture industry and local communities.
“I would encourage everyone who is in contact with water to ensure they are following the advice given by the authorities.”‘
No impact’ on farmingMr Cawcy said there was no impact on farming.
“There’s no impact whatsoever,” he was quoted as saying.
“We’re confident that the affected person’s water was safely handled and treated, and we’re confident the water did not enter the farm.”
What happened was a supply issue, and there was a problem with the water, which was properly handled and properly treated.”‘
Nothing to worry about’Mr Cawa said the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) would investigate and provide a final report to the NSW Government.”
From the evidence presented, the only significant risk posed to the farming community in the vicinity of the affected site is that a small number of people were exposed to the grey water,” he added.