Water quality in the communities of Cue, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Sandstone is set to improve, with Water Corporation to install advanced water treatment plants in each town. The advanced water treatment, known as Electro Dialysis Reversal plants, reduce the naturally high levels of salinity and nitrates that occur in groundwater across the Murchison and will improve aesthetic characteristics such as scaling and hardness.
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- Cue, Meekatharra, Mt Magnet, New Norcia, Sandstone, Yalgoo, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Nabawa and Wiluna in the Murchison and Goldfields regions have naturally occurring underlying rock conditions that affect the quality of drinking water sourced from local bores. Water in these towns may be affected by salinity, hardness, magnesium, nitrates and silica in the groundwater.
- 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 brown crystalline deposits on surfaces when evaporated.
- This water is safe for everyone, except bottle-fed infants under the age of 3 months who are provided with bottled water from the local nursing post.
- Water Corporation has already installed water treatment units at Wiluna and Leonora, with a new system being commissioned in Yalgoo to reduce the levels of nitrates in water supplies.