2019 November – Mudgee (NSW) – Turbidity

Mudgee water safe to drink, boil advisory lifted

November 29 2019


It is now safe for residents to consume Mudgee town water without boiling.

Water quality testing by a NSW Health laboratory (FASS) this morning confirmed that all water samples complied with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG).

Council issued a Boil Water Advisory at 6pm on Tuesday, in consultation with NSW Health, for the Mudgee town water supply.

Storm activity on Sunday and Monday resulted in runoff that led to turbid conditions in the Cudgegong River, the source supply of Mudgee town water.

The Mudgee Water Treatment Plant was not able to produce treated water that complied with Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for turbidity for a short period of time on Tuesday evening.

The notice caused mild panic in Mudgee with supermarkets quickly selling out of bottled water stock.

Council’s General Manager Brad Cam said staff worked through the night to improve water quality.

“These tests confirm the samples from Mudgee’s distribution pipelines met Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and we’re now able to lift the boil water advisory,” Mr Cam said.

“Council would like to thank the community for their co-operation and assistance in delivering the message to neighbours, friends and family.

“This was a unique set of circumstances that brought about the advisory, however necessary to ensure the health of our community.”