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WATER QUALITY ISSUES FOR RED CLIFFS DRINKING WATER CUSTOMERS

Lower Murray Water advise customers in the Red Cliffs township, that water supplies should be brought to a rolling boil for a minimum of one minute prior to consumption, until further notice. Emergency use restrictions are imposed until further notice. Water may only be used for internal domestic use. Water is safe for showers and baths but must be boiled and cooled if used for drinking and food preparation. No external use is permitted for town drinking water in Red Cliffs.

Poor source water quality in the Murray River at Red Cliffs has reduced the ability to effectively treat and meet demand for town supplies. This is causing reduction in the ability to disinfect the water to an acceptable standard.

Other plants in the region are not affected to this degree but close monitoring of conditions remains in place for the Mildura Water Treatment Plants which supply Mildura, Irymple and Merbein customers.  Robinvale, Swan Hill and Kerang areas are unaffected as they are not experiencing similar source water quality issues.

Lower Murray Water crews are working around the clock and community support of these restrictions is critical to ensure the existing drinking water supplies are managed.  Regular updates will be provided via Lower Murray Water website, social media channels, radio, print and television channels.

Managing Director, Anthony Couroupis said that “supplying our customers with safe drinking water remains our priority commitment”.

Water available for Customers:

A 14,000 litre water tanker will be available for Red Cliffs customers to fill containers with drinking water if required.  The tanker will be located at the parking bay on the Calder Highway, between Heytesbury Avenue and Indi Ave Red Cliffs from 7am Monday 16 December.

For further information please visit our website www.lmw.vic.gov.cau or contact 03 5051 3400.