Jan 28 2023: Mathoura (NSW) – Dirty Water

Murray River to flush out ‘muddy’ water

Jan 28 2023: https://www.sheppnews.com.au/news/murray-river-to-flush-out-muddy-water/

A raw and filtered water main flushing program will begin in Moama and Mathoura next week.

The flushing process is designed to wash out any accumulated dissolved mineral sediments that may be sitting in the water mains.

Partly resulting from the floods, it is intended to help eliminate the muddy taste and odour being reported by some Murray River households due to ongoing impacts from the flood event.

While flushing is being undertaken, customers may notice discoloured water and reduced water pressure in their homes, businesses and gardens.

Murray River Council says “this is normal”.

“The discolouration will clear up and the pressure will come back as we move into different areas,” council said.

“The discoloured water does not pose a health risk.

“Our teams are encouraging water customers to check for discolouration, particularly prior to using washing machines.

“If you do experience discoloured water, please run the cold water tap for 5 to 10 minutes until it clears.

“If the discolouration continues past this timeframe, contact council on 1300 087 004 and lodge a service request.”

Daily updates will be provided on council’s Facebook page advising the areas where flushing will occur the following day.

Signs will also be displayed at the entrance to each area while flushing is occurring.

It is expected that the program will be completed by the end of February 2023.

Council assured the community that the drinking water is tested daily and is within the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

“Should further action be required to improve water quality (following the flushing program), council will advise residents prior to undertaking these works,” council said.

“We ask residents who are experiencing issues to firstly run their tap for a minimum of five mins in an attempt to resolve the issue.

“Should the issue persist, please contact council and provide your location and contact details.”