(Oh my goodness ... who would have imagined that ?)

What a profound headline in the Murgon Moments, Issue No 94, Feb. 2014. The article stated -  

Regular testing is ongoing to ensure the safety of the water supply. Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said "this testing has identified another naturally occuring chemical, bromide, is present and associated with a particular type of THMs. Increased bromide levels has probably been caused by the drought conditions ....  " Golly gee whiz... REALLY ?

Whoever wrote the article should have been informed that Bromide occurs naturally only in seawater. Seafoods and deep sea plants generally have high levels of bromide. Land plants do not use bromide at all.

What are THMs ?
Many trihalomethanes are used in industry as solvents or refrigerants. THMs are also environmental pollutants, and many are considered carcinogenic

What is Bromide ?  ... ˈbrəʊmʌɪd/ noun noun: bromide; plural noun: bromides

1. a compound of bromine with another element or group, especially a salt containing the anion Br− or an organic compound with bromine bonded to an alkyl radical.
2. a trite statement that is intended to soothe or placate.  "feel-good bromides create the illusion of problem-solving"  In World War I, British soldiers were given Bromide to curb their sexual urges. Similarly, Sodium Fluoride is used in some prisons to curb and suppress inmates. Easy to find that info in the net.

Bromine, in its pure state, is a reddish-orange liquid that gives off an unpleasant odor, it combines with other substances to form a salt.  In liquid or vapor form, bromine is harmful to the skin, irritates the eyes and throat and can be toxic. Bromine is used in poisons, pesticides and petrol; as a fire retardant in fabrics, carpets, upholstery and mattresses.

Bromide compounds were frequently used as sedatives in the 19th and early 20th century. Their use in over-the-counter sedatives and headache remedies in the United States extended to 1975, when bromides were withdrawn as ingredients, due to their chronic toxicity. There are no FDA-approved uses for bromide, and it is no longer available in over-the-counter sedatives. Bromide is still used therapeutically in epilepsy in some European countries.

SO WHY ON EARTH are THMs and Bromide  IN OUR TOWN WATER ???  unless someone added them ? No rains are going to "wash it out".

Chlorine works well against bacteria and evaporates quickly when water is taken from the tap and allowed to stand in an open container for an hour or so, giving us clean safe water.

So until it is proved beyond all doubt that there are NO harmful CHEMICALS in our water, why are rate payers charged for poisonous water?

Water is free from heaven the cost of maintenance of pipes is mimimal.

I. M. Concerned – (for my family health and finances)