Clean up Lithgow's Water Supply

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Lithgow has continually had events of dirty water since mine water has been added from Clarence Colliery in 2002 as a Drought Proofing method ?? Lithgow City Council's continued response is there is nothing wrong with our water, however, it has been reported in 2009 by local doctors in News reports that our rates for Heart Disease and Cancer are highest in the state?? I ask Lithgow people to stop and look around you? We certainly understand Lithgow need's the coal industry for jobs however, there either should be a decent Activated Carbon Filtration System to combat the toxic chemicals and heavy metals OR even rebates for decent whole house water filters that actually remove these types of chemicals and heavy metals like reverse osmosis filters. There are also concerns are for the people who can't afford these types of filters?

This information comes from Allan Railery Jones which he had submitted to Lithgow Council back in 2010?? Please do your own research on the chemicals as the Australian Water Guidelines seriously are not up todate plus don't test for some chemicals and heavy metals??  This test was taken when there was a spike of chemicals in our water supply which seems to happening a lot now with discolored water and smell etc. Lithgow water treatment plant only has a sand water filter which doesn't remove all the chemicals or heavy metals?? Some of these toxic chemicals come from the added coal mine water??

Allan Railery Jones 24/02/16 RE: Your comment about the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG)  is correct and here are two points on that issue, both the Bismuth (causes momentary hot flushes) and Thallium are real problems thallium is not indicated in the ADWG and is a poison so never tested for normally. Bismuth enters the body and lodges as lead (PB) in the bones then depending on the half-life age it will release alpha rays enough to damage the DNA structure allowing illnesses to creep into the body ----but you won't find any of this info in the ADWG, Aluminum and fluoride also get together and form another species all three are classified as neurotoxins, but not at NSW health, no wonder people are buying filters or spring water??

Added 24/02/16 at 9.29am from Allan Railery Jones RE: "What should be stressed here is that this test in 2010 was done on a "dirty water incident" and not during the normal days of the Lithgow water supply, which in normal times often has exceedances of aluminium and manganese confirmed by the NSW health, a test on a spike is used as an indicator of the source of sediment material such as found in reservoirs or bound to pipe linings throughout the system as "biofilm". the outcome of this test is that "dirty water" is dangerous to health as other posts here will point out. It also would assume that from time to time lower levels of various toxins and metals would be distributed despite being within the ADWG."

Chemicals actually listed in Lithgow’s water supply below??

Bismuth is a chemical element with symbol Bi and atomic number 83. Bismuth, a pentavalent post-transition metal, chemically resembles arsenic and antimony. Elemental bismuth may occur naturally, although its sulfide and oxide form important commercial ores. The free element is 86% as dense as lead. It is a brittle metal with a silvery white color when freshly produced, but is often seen in air with a pink tinge owing to surface oxidation. Bismuth is the most naturally diamagnetic element, and has one of the lowest values of thermal conductivity among metals.
Overexposure to bismuth may cause momentary hot flushes, extreme drowsiness (somnolence) and neurologic disturbances such as confusion, difficulty in concentration, hallucinations, delusions, myoclonic jerks, tremors, seizures, an impaired ability to coordinate voluntary movements (ataxia), and/or inability to stand or walk.
(I’m of the understanding Bismuth can attach to bones and acts like radiation heating up the bones/body from inside out)

Nickel is one of many carcinogenic metals known to be an environmental and occupational pollutant. The New York University School of Medicine warns that chronic exposure has been connected with increased risk of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological deficits, developmental deficits in childhood, and high blood pressure. [1]

Nickel exposure introduces free radicals which lead to oxidative damage and may also affect the kidneys and liver. [2] In 2012, Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture administered liver function tests to 25 nickel-plating workers. Results showed they overwhelmingly suffered from compromised liver function. [3]

Researchers at Dominican University of California have linked nickel exposure to breast cancer. How? Well, nickel is believed to bind to estrogen receptors and mimic the actions of estrogen. It is well established that lifetime estrogen exposure is a breast cancer risk factor, and, unfortunately, even this “imposter estrogen” contributes to the risk. [4]

Additionally, nickel has been identified as a toxin that severely damages reproductive health and can lead to infertility, miscarriage, birth defects, and nervous system defects.

Signs of Aluminum poisoning:
The primary side-effect or "wake-up call" that indicates aluminum has intoxicated the brain is a very serious condition called HYPERSENSITIVITY.
It is progressive, and if it is left untreated it can escalate into irrational anger and displays of violence.

*Heightened sensitivity to light or darkness.
*Abnormal sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
*An aversion to noise, touch, movement, odors, etc.

If you have any of the following symptoms, see your physician, especially if you have kidney disease or are on dialysis:

Muscle weakness
Bone pain, deformities, and fractures
Speech problems
Slow growth—in children
Complications may include:

Lung problems
Nervous system problems causing difficulty with voluntary and involuntary actions
Bone diseases
Brain diseases and disorders
Impaired iron absorption 

Aluminium is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminium adjuvants, medical science's understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community. We hope that the present paper will provide a framework for a much needed and long overdue assessment of this highly contentious medical issue.


Autophagy generally refers to cell catabolic and recycling process in which cytoplasmic components are delivered to lysosomes for degradation. During the last two decades, autophagy research has experienced a recent boom because of a newfound connection between this process and many human diseases. Autophagy plays a significant role in maintaining cellular homeostasis and protects cells from varying insults, including misfolded and aggregated proteins and damaged organelles, which is particularly crucial in neuronal survival. Mounting evidence has implicated autophagic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of several major neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease, where deficient elimination of abnormal and toxic protein aggregates promotes cellular stress, failure and death. In addition, autophagy has also been found to affect neurotoxicity induced by exposure to essential metals, such as manganese, copper, and iron, and other heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, and methylmercury. This review examines current literature on the role of autophagy in the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis amongst common neurodegenerative disorders and of metal-induced neurotoxicity.

Manganese is used as a purifying agent in the production of several metals. Symptoms associated with overexposure to manganese may include damage to the central nervous system and pneumonia. Additional symptoms and physical findings include weakness, fatigue, confusion, hallucinations, odd or awkward manner of walking (gait), muscle spasms (dystonia), rigidity of the trunk, stiffness, awkwardness of the limbs, tremors of the hands, and psychiatric abnormalities.

Symptoms associated with thallium poisoning include extreme drowsiness (somnolence), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and bloody vomiting (hematemesis). Some affected individuals may experience the loss of most or all of their scalp hair (alopecia); rapidly progressive and painful sensory polyneuropathy; motor neuropathy; cranial nerve palsies; seizures; impaired ability to coordinate voluntary movements (cerebellar ataxia); and/or mental retardation. Some individuals may experience eye symptoms including wasting away (atrophy) of the optic nerve (optic atrophy), inflammation of the optic nerve (retrobulbar neuritis), and impaired functioning of the muscles of the eyes (ophthalmoplegia). In some cases, thallium poisoning may progress to include renal and cardiac failure, confusion, psychosis, organic brain syndrome, and/or coma.
Interesting info on Thallium…/18…/7Scrine2.pdf

Cobalt, used in making jet engines, may cause nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite (anorexia), ear ringing (tinnitus), nerve damage, respiratory diseases, an unusually large thyroid gland (goiter), and/or heart and/or kidney damage.

2009 DOCTORS in Lithgow have protested against the use of industrial run-off in the town's drinking water, saying it could be contributing to the area having some of the state's worst rates of cancer, heart disease and other health problems.
All the town's general practitioners have signed a letter to the local council saying that plans to increase the amount of recycled industrial water, including water used to flush out a coalmine, could be dangerous. No research has been done on possible links between heavy metals in the water and health effects.
The town began to add water extracted from the nearby Clarence Colliery to its drinking supply in 2002, to help make the town drought-proof. The council wants to nearly double the amount to more than 5 million litres a day.
"Lithgow residents unfortunately suffer from some of the worst health statistics in the state," the doctors' letter says. "It is reasonable to suspect that some of these adverse outcomes derive from environmental exposures relating to the region's industrial activities."…/toxic-waste-in-towns-drinking-water
PETER CAVE: New tests are being carried out on the water in the New South Wales town of Lithgow.

Earlier this week, the town's doctors raised concerns about the drinking water supply, fearing it could be linked to the high levels of chronic illness there.
But the council maintains the water is safe, and now the state's Health Department is assuring residents that this is the case.
Kathryn Stolarchuk has this report.
KATHRYN STOLARCHUK: Fears of toxic waste in Lithgow's drinking water have spurred local GPs into action.
They say the use of recycled industrial water could be linked to the area having some of the state's worst rates of cancer and heart disease.
The chairman of the Lithgow Medical Staff Council, Dr John Dearin, spoke to ABC Radio News.
JOHN DEARIN: There's an article published in the New South Wales Public Health journal late last year in which it details very high levels of nickel in the water over a period of many months.
KATHRYN STOLARCHUK: The town's drinking water supply includes water extracted from the nearby Clarence Colliery.
There are now plans to pipe more water from there.
JOHN DEARIN: We would like a thorough analysis of that water coming from the coal mine to assure us that it contains nothing that could be deleterious to the health of the people who are drinking it
KATHRYN STOLARCHUK: Lithgow Council's general manager Roger Bailey says the doctors had never raised these concerns before.
ROGER BAILEY: Prior to the lead up to this council meeting, the doctors had not been in contact with council, certainly not myself nor the mayor. The only contact that we had was an initial email warning from them that they were going to be raising questions in the public forum session in the council meeting on Monday night.
KATHRYN STOLARCHUK: He says the water is totally safe.
ROGER BAILEY: We conduct regular tests of our water supply and the results from those four years have shown that we have a very good water supply. The issue that has been raised has been high levels of nickel. Over the past four years we've only seen one test which has shown nickel levels to exceed the guideline values for Australian drinking water.
And today, the New South Wales Government affirmed this.
STEPHEN CORBETT: On balance, we don't believe that there are health problems associated with these levels of metals detected in the water.
KATHRYN STOLARCHUK: Stephen Corbett is the director for public health in Sydney's west.
He says while he does believe there are legitimate health concerns, he's confident they aren't linked to the water supply.

PF - 03/08/09 - TED LESTER 1. Mr Mayor, following on from the water issue that was raised at the previous Council Meeting where discussions were held with Dr Dearin. Why is the Council buying bottled water, which would be at a large cost, is there something wrong with the tap water? The Mayor advised that there is nothing wrong with the Lithgow water supply. Dr Dearin has put in an apology in regards to his comments. The General Manager advised that it is available to the staff and to the public as a choice.

Test of the spike in Lithgow's water was taken NSW University 2010 supplied by Allan Railery Jones

Since Lithgow's water supply has been on the local news 23/2/16 Prime news report Lithgow's dirty water. (Lithgow starts at 2.29)