Drinking water not affected by blue-green algae warning

Dubbo Regional Council wishes to advise residents that the blue-green algae warning issued for Burrendong Dam does not affect Wellington, Geurie and Dubbo’s drinking water.

“Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink because the water goes through a treatment process at the Water Supply Plant at either Wellington, Geurie and Dubbo which removes algae toxins,” Director Technical Services Stewart McLeod said.

“The current issues with odour and taste with tap water is due to the high level of organic matter, that is decomposing plant life, in the source water.

“Burrendong Dam has been at or over capacity for a number of weeks now, and this is where Dubbo, Geurie and Wellington’s water supply comes from.

“The water is being treated with powder activated carbon to remove the taste and smell, however it will take a number of days for the water to carry through the system.”

Residents who wish to register complaints or concerns about the water quality are encouraged to do so through Council’s customer service team on (02) 6801 4000.

Media Contact

Stewart McLeod
Director Technical Services 
Dubbo Regional Council 
(02) 6801 4000

 

Last Edited: 29 Nov 2016

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