Staff from Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) have met with NSW Health and the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) today, at which all parties agreed to lift the precautionary boil water alert in Geurie. The decision to lift the alert is based on filtered water turbidity levels that are now back in target range, clear microbiology samples have been received, good chlorine levels at the plant and in the reticulation and off target water has now been flushed from the system.

DRC CEO Murray Wood said he would like to thank the Geurie residents for their patience. “We are extremely appreciative of the understanding from the Geurie residents. Unfortunately we are managing an aged plant out there and during times of inclement weather and increased water flow from the Macquarie River, we can experience some irregularities and it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Mr Wood.

Geurie was placed on a Precautionary Boil Water Alert on Wednesday 8 June 2022, when samples from the water treatment plant marginally exceeded Australian Drinking Water guidelines.

DRC is managing an aged water treatment plant in Geurie, built in 1993. Since the amalgamation, DRC have installed new sampling technology that has increased sensitivity to changes in the water, than what had previously been in place. Increased rainfall and higher flows in the Macquarie River, caused increased turbidity issues for a smaller plant of Geurie’s size.

DRC has endorsed the 2022/2023 Budget which has funding allocated to upgrade the Geurie Water Treatment Plant.

Council resolved, at the Extraordinary Meeting of Council on Monday 27 June 2022, to investigate a compensation on water rates charged to the residents of Geurie during this time. A report will presented to the July Infrastructure Committee Meeting for consideration.

Last Edited: 27 Jun 2022

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