Investigation into flavour of water

SHOALHAVEN Water is investigating claims about smelly water in the Ulladulla area.

Shoalhaven Water manager Carmel Krogh said in recent months staff had been closely monitoring a harmless, naturally occurring taste and odour compound in raw and treated water for the southern supply system.

“The taste and odour compounds sometimes cause water to taste musty or woody, but it remains safe to drink according to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” she said.

“We are continuing with investigations of this compound to determine the most suitable method of removal.

“Boiling water probably would have little impact on the taste in these cases.”

While Mollymook seems to be the main area of concern Ms Krogh said there had been no obvious clusters reported.

She said the water quality would not cause gastrointestinal illness.

“We have checked our records and we haven’t had any recent clusters of complaints regarding water quality, and we have had no reports of illness,” she said.

“We also checked with the local health unit and they haven’t had any reports of clusters of vomiting and or diarrhoea.”

Ms Krogh is encouraging people with complaints about their water quality to contact Shoalhaven Water.

“We certainly encourage our customers to let us know of any unusual taste or odour which they notice in the drinking water, this can help lock down specific causes,” she said.

If people have concerns they should phone the customer service line on 4429 3214.

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