Water Discolouration Media Release

Published on 12 January 2023


Residents of Deniliquin may currently be noticing some discolouration and an unpleasant taste and odour of their water supply. 

“Whilst it may not look, taste or smell the best, the water is safe to drink,” said Acting Director Infrastructure Katrina Bennett.

Council provides water in accordance with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Whilst aesthetically unappealing, the water is not harmful.

 “We acknowledge that the colour, taste and odour of the water is not optimum, however can confidently reassure the community that the water quality remains within requirements and there is no need for residents to boil their drinking water.”

All NSW Water Utility supply systems are heavily regulated by NSW Health to ensure that the water is safe and fit for drinking.

“Council undertakes strict and regular monitoring and testing of our water quality with the water sampled and analysed through all stages of collection, treatment, storage, and distribution.  Our teams are currently flushing the water mains in areas of concern to help alleviate the problem as quickly as possible,” Ms. Bennett said.

“Unfortunately, the current discoloured water issue affecting some residents is due to high levels of Manganese in the river water due to the floods.  This can be difficult to treat as it stays soluble in the water until it oxidises once it’s treated with chlorine and pH correction; both of which are vital to ensure the water is safe to drink.”

“We will continue to monitor our water quality vigilantly,” said Ms Bennett.



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