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Anti fluoride protesters outside Rous Water on September 16. Fluoride dosing has stopped at Clunes but only temporarily.  (Picture Robert Hearne)
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Households within Lismore LGA receiving water via the Clunes fluoride dosing plant have been granted a short reprieve after the plant was taken offline on Friday.

Rous Water said in a statement that low water flows through the mains at Clunes fluoride dosing plant was making it difficult in terms of plant operation.

Rous said that all water supplied to Clunes village had been within acceptable fluoride limits since the plant was commissioned.

But Rous GM, Kyme Lavelle said that ‘whilst the dosing plant is working fine, varying low flows are making the plant cut in and out on a frequent basis and it is therefore difficult to maintain a consistent flow of fluoridated water’.

Mr Lavelle explained to Echonetdaily that because of the small size of the population being serviced by the plant there were times when no water at all was being drawn from it and other occasions when as much as 4.5 litres/second was flowing through.

He also advised that Rous Water has been running the plant at low dosing levels during commissioning, but had decided to suspend its operation until such time as the install contractors arrive later in the week ‘to provide advice and assistance, enabling continued operation’.

Mr Lavelle said the problem was not replicated at the Corndale plant, which serviced the much larger area of Lismore.

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  1. What is the population served, above 1000 or below?
    Does dosing toxic industrial waste fluoride directly into the water pipeline, seem to be asking for trouble?
    This practice seems to have a very low factor of safety.
    Dangerous chemicals stored in this tiny unmanned facility, also seems to be a security risk.
    Stop this madness.


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