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DEVON North’s Rebecca Brennan
said her water has tasted so bad in re-
cent days, she had to resort to buying
Rebecca said her children first noticed the
water didn’t taste right on Australia Day and
took to Facebook to see if others were experi-
encing the same.
Around 10 people also spoke of their water
tasting “yucky”, “like bore water”, “funny”
and like it had “and earthy taste”.
The problem for Ms Brennan was ongoing
“It smells and tastes earthy, like soil. It ru-
ins a good cup of tea,” she said.
Ms Brennan said she purchased water to
“I haven’t drunk it at all since last Thurs-
day and we have a baby as well, so we need to
be a little bit careful,” she said.
The presence of algae in Yarram’s water
supply is being blamed for leaving a bad taste
in the mouths of local residents.
Recent warm weather and lack of fresh wa-
ter from rain provides the perfect conditions
for algae to thrive.
South Gippsland Water has quickly moved
to assure customers the water is safe to drink.
The corporation said it received reports re-
garding changes to the taste and smell of the
water in Yarram late last week, which it at-
tributed to the presence of algae affecting the
Tarra River water supply system.
South Gippsland Water managing director
Philippe du Plessis said, “Customers should
rest assured South Gippsland Water will con-
tinue to monitor the raw water and treatment
processes through the warmer months to best
manage the changed taste in water.”
South Gippsland Water has flushed some
parts of the reticulation system and adjusted
the treatment processes at the Devon North
water treatment plant.
There are many varieties of algae and any
algae blooms that occur within a water sup-
ply system, which is managed to ensure water
supplied to customers is safe to drink.
Many of South Gippsland Water’s dams
and water supplies are seasonally affected by
the growth of algae which thrives in warm dry
Human senses are very sensitive to the
taste and smell that algae produce. Algae can
give off a musty and muddy taste and odour.
When algae are present in water storages
or supplies, South Gippsland Water activates
increased monitoring and treatment processes
to remove it, however, due to human sensitiv-
ity not all the taste or smell can be removed.
Unlike water supplied to Melbourne
homes, South Gippsland Water’s catchment
areas are open, meaning they are not protected
and are subject to various land uses including
urban development, farms, forestry and other
As a result, South Gippsland Water works
with local landowners to assist in protecting
source water within catchments.
Any customers who have questions or con-
cerns regarding their water supply can contact
South Gippsland Water’s customer service
team on 1300 851 636.
Down the drain: Devon North’s Rebecca Brennan
said she had to resort to buying bottle as the local
supply tasted that bad.
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IT was back to school
for hundreds of students
across Yarram and dis-
trict yesterday, Tuesday
January 31 and the local
schools were thrilled to
welcome new preps and
students back to start
the 2017 year.
At Woodside Primary
School new prep students
(pictured) Dexter Dent,
Charlie Hall, Meg Baldwin
Bland and Scarlote Guen-
ther enjoyed their first day
of school with former prep
teacher Andrea Elliott who
is returning to the school this
year and will be teaching
across all grades.
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Water safe despite algae presence
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