- The community was skeptical of attempts to remove the fish because the water was “messy”.
- The issue was raised after millions of fish washed up in the westernmost river in New South Wales.
- The mass kill of fish is likely due to low dissolved oxygen levels in the water.
Faced with five days of daunting sights and overwhelming stench throughout the town, residents decided they wanted to know if their drinking water was safe for consumption.
“If this water is good enough for our children and the elderly, I would like to see it.
Menindi residents have asked emergency response teams to drink tap water over concerns of contamination. sauce: SBS News
When an official explained that the water in his glass on the table was tap water, residents insisted to panel team members, “It’s water.”
The meeting ended after an hour and a half, but many residents remained unsatisfied.
“Rivers are in our blood,” she says, and is a key element in many Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/menindee-locals-challenge-authorities-to-drink-water-over-mass-fish-kill-contamination-fears/akziloyhm Menindee locals challenge authorities to drink water for fear of large amounts of contaminated fish