Delivering drinking water to Wyangala Village

Cowra Council is exploring options for delivering safe drinking (potable) water to Wyangala following confirmation the water supply is currently not safe for drinking.

A report to Council confirmed recent tests finding that the village's water supply has not met the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.

Wyangala residents are therefore advised to bring water to a rolling boil prior to consumption. Water should then be allowed to cool and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.

"Testing has found that the water is non-potable at this point of time and residents should take all measures to ensure that these precautions are carried out before drinking," Cr West said.

The unique geography of the village and the high-cost of upgrading the 20-year-old water treatment facilities at this stage mean that there is no easy answer, Cr West explained.

"The relatively small population and the scattered lay-out of the village means that a number of 'dead-end' water mains mitigates against any easy solutions to this problem," Cr West said.

Council is therefore establishing a project to investigate options for a water treatment plant at Wyangala, its likely cost, and what improvements are required to ensure safe delivery of treated water to Wyangala residents.

"We will also communicate with the Crown Lands Holiday Parks Trust —operators of the Wyangala Waters Holiday Park — who are exploring the possibility of providing potable water for Park tenants. It may be possible for Council and the Trust to explore a cost-sharing model for providing potable water to the whole village in the future."

Until that time, residents and ratepayers are advised to follow the previous advice provided at the time the problem was first detected.

Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:

• Drinking, cooking, washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads), making ice, pet's drinking water and cleaning teeth.

• Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher.

• Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

If you have any questions in relation to this matter, contact Cowra Council's Infrastructure and Operations Department on 6340 2070.

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