Change in water taste poses no health risk

Dubbo Regional Council has advised residents experiencing a change in taste or odour of their water that the water is safe to drink and council is working to rectify the situation.

Council director technical services Stewart McLeod said there was a record level of organic matter in the water.

“Burrendong Dam has been at or above 115% for several months, five metres higher than full supply, and grass and shrubs have been under water decomposing.With the change of season and warmer months the dam experiences a change in currents and churns algae into the water,” Mr McLeod said.

The organic matter did not pose a risk to the public, he said.

“Both water treatment plants are utilising their activated carbon systems and council has adjusted the dosage accordingly and this will rectify the situation over the next couple of days.”

It was an issue with the source water, Mr McLeod said, and was no way related to the recent water issues in some parts of South, Central and North Dubbo.

“If residents experience problems or have questions about services that Council provide, the best way to register their concern is through Council Customer Services team by calling (02) 6801 4000 and they can direct the enquiry to the appropriate division,” he said.