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15 September, 2020 11:00 AM

DRINKING WATER SAFE TO DRINK

Council has received numerous reports of water smelling and tasting musty or earthy affecting the Singleton Water Supply Area.

Geosmin has been identified in the water, which is a naturally occurring compound that have an earthy taste and odour. Council is prioritising treatment options.

However, the water is safe to drink and use for all normal purposes.

Council’s water treatment processes are working normally with water quality results consistently compliant with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Extensive monitoring continues to confirm there are no health risks associated with the drinking water, as Geosmin is only an aesthetic concern.

Human noses and tastebuds can detect Geosmin and Methylisoborneol (MIB) at very low concentrations. These compounds are sometimes present in drinking water, but not usually at noticeable levels. Seasonal increases in naturally occurring algae or bacteria in the dam can cause a rise in Geosmin and/or MIB above the taste and odour threshold. Unfortunately, Geosmin and MIB are not removed from water using routine treatment processes.

Putting water in a jug in the fridge can help with any taste and odour issues.
Council is undertaking further investigations to resolve taste and odour as quickly as possible and apologises for any inconvenience.

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