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While trying to put out a bush fire, Australian firefighters dumped wastewater on homes on Wednesday February 7 (illustrative image)
INTERNATIONAL – An error with nauseating consequences. While trying to put out a bush fire in the town of Bullsbrook, about thirty kilometers from Perth, capital of Western Australia, firefighters discharged wastewater extremely close to homes.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) explained to Australian media SBSNews that the water bombers had accidentally drawn from the wrong basins of a sewage treatment plant, Wednesday February 7, during the fight against a fire which threatened houses and schools.
Consequence: the residents of Bullsbrook were strongly urged not to eat the vegetables or fruits they grow in their garden, or not to consume the water from their reservoir. The authorities indicated that this recommendation was in order for at least the next “48 hours”.
DFES is now investigating why the ponds were not marked as prohibited areas in the department’s records, as is required in the state, says The Guardian. The authorities also assure that “ a review of the status of all available water sources in the state will be conducted. »
The risk of contamination is ” very weak “however, reassured Western Australia’s Minister of Health, Amber-Jade Sanderson, because the wastewater was not dumped directly on homes, but nearby.
The Prime Minister of Western Australia, Roger Cook, announced the opening of an investigation after this incident. “Our priority is to keep people safe and put out fires, but in an emergency situation, sometimes things don’t always go as planned.”he declared again.
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