Murky water caused by 'water usage spikes'

A bottle of murky water from a household tap in the region.

A bottle of murky water from a household tap in the region.

Some Highlanders across the shire turned on their taps to find murky, brown water over the weekend. 

Wingecarribee Shire Council today confirmed they had four complaints about the issue over the weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. 

Council assured residents that the water was perfectly fine to drink, but attributed the discolouration to “extremely high demand.” 

“Water usage spikes on hot days as people use more water- sprinklers and hoses,” a council spokesperson said. 

“When this occurs the water velocity in our mains increases and any increase in velocity increase may stir up any sediment that normally lies dormant during normal flow.”

Residents in Robertson, East Bowral, Balaclava, Mittagong and Moss Vale reported murky water on scoial media and labelled it a “nasty shock”, but council assured residents the water was “completely safe to drink” and that the situation was “completely normal.”

All four council complaints were from totally different areas and council said they were not related to water main breaks or poor water quality. 

Council advised residents to run the cold water taps until the water ran clear. 

“Our advice is to always head out to either your main tap (your outdoor tap next to your water meter) or the perhaps your laundry tap and open the cold water tap,” the spokesperson said.

“Let it run for a few moments until the water clears, this only takes a few moments.”


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