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Lead found in tap water at Perth's new children's hospital

Only weeks after asbestos was found at Perth’s new children’s hospital, high levels of lead have been detected in the building’s drinking water.

The source of the heavy metal is unknown, reports The West Australian, which has forced builders John Holland to bring in water quality consultants to investigate while workers have been told to not drink the tap water.

Bottled water is being provided “for all users of the building,” a statement from Holland said.

“Notices have been displayed at water outlets requesting people in the building to refrain from drinking from the taps while testing is being conducted.”

The statement said that the elevated levels of lead were recorded during tests of the hospital's water system during commissioning activities.

Existing water fountains that had been used by workers were not a threat as that water was coming from a temporary line from the QE II Medical Centre.

In July, the hospital build was plagued by an asbestos scandal, after the poisonous material was found in roof panels of the building.

Pic credit: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

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