Gender Bending Pesticides In Melbourne's Drinking Water?
Gender-bending chemicals have been detected in the off take of Melbourne's Sugarloaf Reservoir. The herbicides Atrazine and Simazine, used in the production of food crops in the Yarra Valley, have recently been detected in Yarra River source water at levels in breach of European Water protection standards and also at levels that have been know to induce hermaphrodisation in frogs. Sugarloaf Reservoir provides drinking water to almost 40% of Melbourne's population [almost 7% of Australia's population]. The treatment plant at Sugarloaf was never designed to adequately filter out mobile pesticides used in agricultural production.