Water Corporation places the highest priority on the provision of safe drinking water.

Some towns supplied by Water Corporation in the Murchison and Goldfields regions have naturally occurring underlying rock conditions which affect the quality of drinking water sourced from local bores.

These towns are: Cue, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, New Norcia, Sandstone, Yalgoo, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Nabawa and Wiluna.

The Department of Health advises drinking water in all of these towns remains safe to drink for adults and children other than bottle-fed infants under 3 months old.

The water is safe for pregnant women to drink. This is consistent with advice from the Australian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines in regard to nitrates and pregnant women.

Water Corporation supplies parents with infants less than 3 months old with free bottled water through local community nursing posts or shire offices and will continue to do so.

Water in these towns may be affected by salinity, hardness, magnesium, nitrates and silica in the groundwater, due to underlying rock formations.

It is acknowledged due to these conditions, the water may have an undesirable taste for some people, make it difficult to lather soap and leave white crystalline deposits when evaporated.

Water treatment units operating at Wiluna, Leonora and being commissioned in Yalgoo will improve levels of nitrates in town water supplies.

Water Corporation is progressively addressing the water quality issues across the remaining towns and is reviewing the roll-out of a capital investment program to install further water treatment plants.

Residents in these towns with any concerns about their drinking water quality can call 13 13 75.

The ABC news item on 13 September mentioned 26 towns and communities are having issues with the quality of their drinking water.  Water Corporation supplies water to 11 of these towns, listed above.

The remaining towns and communities are supplied water by the Department of Housing, through the Remote Areas Essential Services Program.

 


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