Repainting or Renovating? Be lead paint aware

It is important to be aware which areas of your house may have been painted with lead-based paint. Lead aware practices must must be followed when renovating, restoring or repainting or you could be putting your health and the health of your family at risk. See the Lead page for information on the effects lead can have on your health.
This information has been provided by SA Health, Government of South Australia.

For more information click on the links above or visit:
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Scientific Studies
SA Health
Telephone: 08 8226 7100
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Rainwater in Port Pirie

Drinking rainwater is a source of lead exposure which, together with other exposure sources around Port Pirie, can cause elevated blood lead levels. It is recommended that you do not drink rainwater in Port Pirie.

Why is rainwater a concern?
Are there national standards for lead in water?
Is there lead in my rainwater?
How does rainwater get contaminated?
Can I drink rainwater?
Will boiling my water eliminate lead?
Can I use rainwater for cooking and food preparation?
Can I use rainwater for bathing?
Can rainwater be plumbed into my toilet?
Can I use rainwater for watering my garden and hosing down outdoor surfaces?
Does my plumbing contain lead?
Will a filter remove lead?
How could I clean and maintain my rainwater tank?
Can I get my rainwater tested?

Answers to all these questions can be found in the Public Health Services 'Rainwater in Port Pirie' Fact sheet shown under this quick reference diagram. For full information please refer to the SA Health website here:

New Alternate Feed System to Replace Telphers

The Blast Furnace is currently fed using the Telpher system, which is used to batch feed in the primary sinter materials of sinter, coke and CRT glass to the furnace. At the time of its construction it would have been a true marvel of industrial engineering and for almost a century has been part of the Nyrstar smelter plant’s skyline.

Post-Redevelopment, the Blast Furnace will be changed to be primarily fed by the Top Submerged Lance furnace slag blocks instead of sinter, at a total feed rate that is higher than the current ageing Telpher system can accommodate.

Above: The High Lift Telpher (HLT) system early last century.

To facilitate the changes in feed suites and throughputs, an alternate feed system has been commissioned for implementation, which will comprise of a series of new feed bins that can meter the required proportion of each feed material onto a new rising and shuttling conveyor system that will feed the new Blast Furnace Superhopper.  Installation of the new feed system will be undertaken as part of the planned October Blast Furnace Shut.

Above: Manual telpher operation will be replaced by the new conveyors.

The new alternate feed system will replace the outdated telpher feed technology, providing immediate operational, health and safety benefits. The new feed bin arrangement will also facilitate finer process control of the furnace fluxes, enabling a more diverse range of furnace feeds to be processed through the existing blast furnace. Stability with the feed will also improve the stability of the Blast Furnace significantly reducing emissions and our impact on the community.