More than 60mm of rain in the past week is challenging Dubbo Regional Council as it works to return water supplies in Wellington and Geurie to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

The two towns remain on a precautionary Boil Water Alert after recent storms increased river turbidity.

Council director infrastructure Julian Geddes said: “There have certainly been improvements in the quality of water supply after treatment at our Wellington and Geurie plants but there have also been some steps back with each storm downpour and the river remains high in manganese and turbidity.

“In the last eight days there has been only one without any rain. With each downpour, the time to treat water and having it again meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and NSW Health standards is extended.

“However, we are closer to achieving the required standard of water and continue to work in partnership with NSW Health, monitoring daily test results and keeping our communities informed.”

He hoped the weekend’s forecast break from rain would assist the treatment process and ease river water turbidity.

Mr Geddes said Council and NSW Health would not lift the Boil Water Alert until they were satisfied water standards were at acceptable levels and stable.

“We thank residents in Geurie and Wellington for their amazing co-operation and patience. Now though is not the time for complacency and we ask residents continue to limit their water use and observe the Boil Water Alert,” he said.

“The health and safety of residents remains our No 1 priority.”


Last Edited: 14 Feb 2020

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