Western Australian officials are to carry out further tests on the level of lead in drinking water at Perth’s Optus Stadium after tests by the Sunday Times newspaper suggested that fountains are contaminated.

The newspaper found that the concentration of lead in the fountains was 0.14 mg/L – 14 times more than the maximum amount recommended by the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The Times reported that its tests conflicted with those carried out by the state government. Further tests will now be carried out to clarify the level of concentration.

A spokeswoman for VenusWest, which operates the stadium, yesterday (Sunday) told the Australian Associated Press news agency: “This test is being undertaken to give further confidence that the drinking water at the stadium meets its guidelines and is in addition to the most recent test completed on Friday, February 16.”

The spokeswoman added that the results “ranged from 0.001 mg/L in the scheme water sample to one fountain reporting 0.003 mg/L, all well below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines maximum acceptable concentration guideline for lead of 0.010 mg/L.”

The fountains were in operation as normal over the weekend.

Optus Stadium opened last month and this week the venue will stage its biggest event yet when hosting two Ed Sheeran concerts on consecutive nights.

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