Scientists say they have been seriously misrepresented in material prepared for a campaign to undermine the Beattie Government's recycled sewage plan.
Brisbane will become the first capital to use recycled sewage for drinking by the end of next year, with recycled water to be pumped to the Wivenhoe Dam through the $1.7 billion western corridor pipeline, the biggest project of its kind in Australia.
Opponents of the plan have vowed to stop it. More than 500,000 copies of a glossy 20-page booklet -- called "Think Before You Agree to Drink" and costing $200,000 -- have been distributed in Brisbane in recent weeks.
The booklet refers to what it describes as scientific studies that support the case against drinking recycled water.
However, four experts quoted in the publication have told The Australian that they in fact support the use of recycled sewage as drinking water.
The publication was funded in part by John Dowson, a semi-retired land developer in the Darling Downs city of Toowoomba, where a referendum last June to introduce recycled water was defeated.
The campaign Mr Dowson funds is organised by Toowoomba councillor Snow Manners, who conceded that some experts quoted in the brochure may have been misrepresented. "They are all direct quotes but some may have been taken out of context," Mr Manners said.
Living in the past. And the irony, the stupid townspeople of Toowoomba will end up drinking Brisbane's recycled water anyway. If it's good enough for Singapore and London, it's good enough for me.