State Government takes control of Perth Children's Hospital

02 May 2017

The State Government has granted Practical Completion of the Perth Children's Hospital (PCH) project enabling it to take control of the site and address remaining building and contractual issues.

Elevated levels of lead in the water on the site and other remnant building issues have been identified as defects with the builder remaining responsible for their rectification.

Under the PCH contract, the State Government has the power to rectify defects itself at the builder's cost if the builder does not do so within a nominated timeframe.

Lead levels at the PCH site have already reduced significantly as a result of remedial measures already implemented including filters on the incoming water supply, extensive flushing of the plumbing system, in-line filters to trap debris within the system, and replacement of corroded sections of stainless steel pipe.

However, lead levels in water samples at PCH have not fallen to acceptable levels.

Granting Practical Completion means hospital commissioning work can continue at the site however no health or patient services can be provided at the site until the Chief Health Officer is satisfied water is safe to drink.

The State Government has sought expert advice and understands the most likely cause of current elevated lead levels is leaching from brass fittings, which may be chemically treated to inhibit this process.

The treatment has been used internationally with a high success rate.




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