‘Smell’ in the water brings no harm to residents

Have you noticed a stronger than normal chlorine smell coming from the town’s water?

Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s new Water Treatment Plant removes organics using powdered activated carbon (PAC) in the town's water supply. Photo Bronwyn Haynes

Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s new Water Treatment Plant removes organics using powdered activated carbon (PAC) in the town's water supply. Photo Bronwyn Haynes

Upper Lachlan Shire Council wants to reassure the community that the drinking water remains safe.

The council’s general manager, John Bell, said: “While the chlorine smell in the town water is currently more noticeable than typical, the water remains safe for drinking and all other uses.

“The increased chlorine or ‘creeky’ smell is the result of chlorine reacting with increased organics in the water.

“The increased organics are caused by algae that has bloomed in the Crookwell dam due to prolonged hot, dry weather and declining dam levels.

“While the smell is slightly off-putting, the water poses no risk to consumers.

“Council’s new state-of-the-art Water Treatment Plant is able to remove the organics utilising powdered activated carbon (PAC).

“Council staff have commenced PAC dosing and residents will find the water returns to normal in the coming days.”

The council apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Your say on shire streetscapes

Upper Lachlan Shire residents are encouraged to have their say on the ULSC Streetscape Themes Guide for the area towns and villages.

  • The guide is available to view on the council’s website and submissions can be made by Monday, February 26 (upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au/council/other-public-documents) or at council offices. Submissions to: J.K. Bell, General Manager, PO Box 42, Gunning NSW 2581 or council@upperlachlan.nsw.gov.au