The author of a report on poor water quality in Indigenous communities says First Nations people need to be a part of the solution.

The Closing the Water for People and Communities Gap report by the Water Services Association of Australia found that over 500 First Nations communities do not have regular water testing.

It also found that First Nations communities have uranium, arsenic, fluoride and nitrate that are above levels set out in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

When the Federal Government launched its new closing the gap implementation plan, it announced $424 million for a range of initiatives including addressing water safety.

The report’s author, Eric Vanweydeveld told Bumma Bippera Media there is a range of issues that need to be dealt with to improve the situation.

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