DWER regulations on industrial sludge treatment chemicals fall flat

In what may seem to be a highly embarrassing development for the Australian Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), a groundwater test in Perth has brought forth the contamination of drinking water supplies by waste stockpiles. Reports claim that the drinking water supplies for millions of Australians in Perth has been contaminated with a high concentration of heavy metals, nitrates, and polyfluoroalkyl & perfluoroalkyl substances.According to DWER’s statement, the tested patch is located 36km from the city and is partially within the Jandakot Underground Water Pollution Control Zone. Ironically, DWER claims that there is no harm to public drinking water as the Water Corporation bore is more than 5.5 kilometers away from the impacted site and the groundwater flows in another direction.

This incidence marks the latest twist in the long running scandal of the bulk and specialty chemicals industry player Bio-Organics. For the uninitiated, DWER is currently prosecuting the Oakford-based business Bio-Organics for causing groundwater contamination. The facility received at least 87 million liters of unauthorized industrial liquid wastes that entered the drain system and were led to the Serpentine River. Reportedly, Bio-Organics was licensed in 2002 as a composting facility and was only approved to operate green waste, however, it grew as a liquid-waste landfill that accumulated sewage, organic sludge, and industrial waste water.

Sources reveal that the regulator, DWER is already infamous in the industrial sludge treatment chemicals industry, for failing to monitor the business properly. Furthermore, Oakford residents are suspicious the DWER has not ensured the thorough investigation they were promised because of its own hand in a pollution scandal.

In other news, the Water Minister Dave Kelly recently announced a joint venture between a local engineering company Clough and a French industrial sludge treatment chemicals industry giant Suez to develop a wastewater recycling plant in northern suburbs of Perth. The new USD 262 million recycling plant will operate as a prominent unit in industrial sludge treatment chemicals industry that will turn treated sewage waste into drinking water.