A technical report analysing ongoing water quality issues at Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) has been publically released today (May 3).
The Jacobs Report has been developed by the Department of Treasury's hydraulic engineering adviser and provides a holistic view of water quality issues to date, and recommendations beyond practical completion.
In addition to a detailed history of events around water quality issues, the report provides detailed analysis on potential sources of lead and options for remediation.
Treasurer Ben Wyatt said a full media briefing and release of supporting documentation was in line with the State Government's commitment to ensuring transparency around information about construction issues at the hospital.
To access the Jacobs Report, Treasury's presentation outlining Elevated Lead Levels in Potable Water at Perth Children's Hospital, and supplementary documentation, visit http://www.perthchildrenshospitalproject.health.wa.gov.au/BuildingTheHospital.aspx
Comments attributed to Treasurer Ben Wyatt:
"We have always committed to running a ruler over the problems surrounding the PCH project delays, and we are doing just that.
"Today's briefing and release of the detailed, supporting documentation is another key step to transparency.
"The information provides a detailed history of events around water quality issues including analysis of sources of lead and options for remediation.
"Right now, we're concerned with getting on with the job and treating the elevated lead levels as we said we would and we need to let that activity run its course."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The previous leaders of the government failed to be up front with Western Australians over issues at the hospital site.
"This Government won't shy away from the facts, we will lay everything on the table and ensure the public are informed on all issues as we push ahead with getting the hospital ready.
"We still have a big job ahead of us to clean up the previous government's mess, which is why we have taken control of the site and are working to solve the lead issue.
"As to when the previous government knew what and when, there is no secret that this project has been mismanaged over a long period, but those are matters for the previous government to answer for.
"It is my job as Minister for Health to get on with opening a world-class children's hospital for the people of Perth.
"Once the Chief Health Officer is satisfied water at the hospital is safe to drink, we can move to the final stages of commissioning."
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