Thursday 27 August 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council is warning residents that, after flooding and heavy rainfall, surface water from farm dams, rivers and creeks should never be used for drinking or cooking without appropriate treatment.
Council’s Environmental Health Coordinator, Greg O’Donnell, said this water may be acceptable for non-potable uses such as washing clothes, irrigation, gardening or toilet-flushing, but Council recommends that water used for bathing is at least disinfected before use.
“It is very important to ensure that the water your family drinks is safe,” he said.
“Council warns that heavy rainfall and flooding increases the risk of contaminated water which could contain disease causing micro-organisms, chemicals or algal blooms entering surface waters such as rivers and creeks.”
To avoid water quality problems Mr O’Donnell recommends that you:
“It is worth remembering that a properly maintained rainwater tank can provide good quality drinking water,” Mr O’Donnell said.
“Providing the rainwater is clear, has little taste or smell and the roof, gutters and tanks are well maintained, it is probably safe and unlikely to cause any illness for most users,” he said.
For more information on water quality and treatment go to then www.health.nsw.gov.au and search for ‘NSW Health Private Water Supply Guidelines’ and ‘Rainwater Tanks’, or call Council’s Environmental Health team on 6499 2222.