Water at new Perth Children’s Hospital declared safe to drink

Perth Children's Hospital will get its first patients on May 14.
Perth Children's Hospital will get its first patients on May 14.

WATER at the new Perth Children’s Hospital has been declared safe to drink ahead of its opening in mid-May.

Health Minister Roger Cook made the announcement on Tuesday that the water had met Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The remediation work to replace thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) assembly boxes and brass components, which were leeching lead into the system, was completed in early March.

Extensive water testing and sampling throughout the process culminated in the Chief Health Officer’s second stage (final) testing last week.

A total of 304 water samples were taken at randomly selected locations across the hospital and tested.

Based on these results, and analysis, the Chief Health Officer is now confident that the water at PCH is now safe to drink, and complies with guidelines.

A public oped day will take place on Sunday April 8 between 9am and 3pm.

Tickets to the event will be available at 9am tomorrow (March 28) at https://www.pchtours.eventbrite.com.au

“Since we came to office, this Government has been resolutely committed to fixing the remaining issues at PCH and to ensuring the safe commissioning of the facility,” Mr Cook said.

“This hospital has now undergone one of the most rigorous water testing regimes in the world.

“Now that the Chief Health Officer has determined, under his statutory obligations, that the water is safe to drink, we can move on and finally open this wonderful hospital for WA’s young people and their families and carers.”

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