The plant had been shut down for routine maintenance but for reasons not yet clear, fluoride continued to be pumped into the supply. No doubt Queensland Premier will want to put everyones minds at rest by consuming twenty times her normal amount of water on TV to prove how confident she is of fluoridated waters safety.
Its bad enough that fluoride has no real value and is of course extremely toxic but exposing people to very high levels of the crap is no way to increase confidence.Here in the UK, I have lost count of the number of times that there have been problems with the technology at water treatment works and when large stretched of river have been killed by leaks of chlorine or caustic soda, and Camelford in Devon was poisoned, by aluminium, very strong public opposition should come as no surprise.
The equipment used really is not "fail safe;" more accidents are a certainty and the only way to prevent contamination of drinking water, a precious and dwindling resource, is to make sure that chemicals like fluoride and lunatics like Anna Bligh are never allowed anywhere near our water supplies. This is particularly important in a country like Australia which now seems to be in a permanent state of drought.