The United States' Food and Drug Administration Centres for Diseases Control has issued a warning on the 17th of May. This follows the investigation into Coca-Cola CCA Bottler's reliance on water sourced from a municipal water supply in Perth that has been contaminated by lead. Western Australia has struggled creating potable water since the 19th Century even in regions such as Katanning's Kojunup where it has relied on Hume's piping containing lead.
Western Australia Police issued a threat to a journalist of this publication saying that 'a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing'; and Coca-Cola CCA representative Nathanael Gonzalez is now dismissive of these serious concerns: where he has most recently stated that "the only place there is lead is in your head" to a customer that has significantly consumed Coca-Cola's Zero product - highlighting Coca-Cola's disregard for public safety.
The case so far: Mains Water Piping, identified as Exhibit C in this article, recently removed in the Perth Metropolitan area clearly shows three separate rings of material (not just one ring of cast iron) - which does not support The WA Honourable Minister for Water, Dave Kelly's assertion that "most of the water mains ... were made of cast iron"; but instead the image supports the claim that the lead has not been fully burnt out of the 335 miles of lead-lined iron piping that were manufactured by Hume in Subiaco (as well as other Hume locations in Australia) as reported by an article in the Daily News on the 2nd of June 1932. Minister Kelly continues in his letter dated the 17th of May writing that "many of these pipes are still in use today," part of which is relied upon by Coca Cola's CCA Bottler.
A second independent article on the 30th of October 1931 from another internationally lesser known, though continuing WA local publication, the West Australian, also confirms that pipe segments contain lead near the joints. The immediate concern is that lead levels may be spiking as the Pipes for Perth project proceeds - leaving those working on the segments and residents drinking water in immediate danger. Civcon staff contacted said were not aware of the lead situation, though they believed that many of the segments would be left in the ground - doing environmental harm as they degraded.
Exhibit C - Western Australian Mains Water Piping
This brings us to the lead tests that people have undertaken where the US FDA warning states that "Magellan lead tests, when performed on blood drawn from a vein, may provide results that are lower than the actual level of lead in the blood. This includes all four of Magellan Diagnostics' lead testing systems: LeadCare, Lead Care II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra. At this time, all LeadCare systems can be used with blood from a finger or heel stick, including the LeadCare II system - a system found in many doctors' offices and clinics. In addition, some laboratories offer other methods of lead testing, which are not believed to be affected at this time."
It continues stating that the "CDC is recommending that health care providers retest children younger than six years (72 months) of age at the time of this alert (May 17, 2017) if their test was conducted using blood drawn from a vein using any Magellan Diagnostics' LeadCare System tests and received a result of less than 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL). The CDC also recommends that women who are currently pregnant or nursing and were tested in this manner while pregnant or nursing get retested. Other adults who are concerned about their risk or the risk to an older child should speak to their health care provider about whether they should be retested."
The full warning can be found here.