Does dirty water affect washing?

Discolouration of the water supply by materials such as iron and/or manganese may cause a rust coloured stain on your clothing and linen while washing. If you notice a discolouration in the water from your household taps, don't use your washing machine until the water is clear.


If your property, including clothes, household furniture or fittings, has been damaged by a dirty water (water discolouration) event, Council will consider, on application, requests to clean, replace or repair the damaged items. Council will attempt to have the items cleaned the items in the first instance.

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1. How are mains flushed?
2. Where and when does dirty water usually occur?
3. Is dirty water considered a health hazard?
4. What if I have milky or white coloured water?
5. Does dirty water affect washing?
6. What should I do if I notice dirty water?