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South-west’s unofficial water quality expert says private tank management critical

HAMILTON’S Larry Walker might have an official qualification in analytical chemistry but through a series of career events he has ended up working out of a lab on Port Fairy Road as the south-west region’s unofficial go-to expert for assessing private-property water quality.

With the prevalence of tanks on rural properties, the condition of the water is often assumed to be satisfactory with larger volumes, but Mr Walker said this could be far from the case.

After a stint in public service and then setting up a service laboratory in Hamilton about 20 years ago to a Warrnambool meat business, he’d regularly get asked by farmers - “about one a week” - concerned about their water quality.

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