Singleton water safe

SOCIAL media reports concerning the quality of local water supplies have resulted in Singleton Council releasing a statement to reassure the community it has full confidence in its water supply.

Council maintains a regular and rigorous testing regime and samples are tested at NATA-accredited laboratories.

When a problem with the water supply is identified, the NSW Health department will issue a boil water alert.

Singleton Council has achieved 100 per cent compliance with microbiological water quality since 2005 according to the NSW Performance Monitoring Report released by the NSW Office of Water.

It also has among the best water colour and turbidity for filtered water supplies in NSW.

Council’s general manager Lindy Hyam says the Council’s primary interest is the public health of the community.

“Council takes concerns or complaints about the water supply very seriously,” she says.

“A recent concern raised about the local water supply has been responded to with a specific round of water testing.

“In addition to our regular testing, on Monday Council will take samples from three sites across Singleton for giardia,” Ms Hyam said.

“The results of that testing should be known in a week.

“Council is not required to regularly test for giardia although it is a notifiable condition in NSW.”

Giardiasis is an infection mainly of the small intestine caused by the parasite Giardia lamblia.

Infection occurs when a person comes into contact with faecal matter and ingests the parasite.

Transmission can occur if hands are not washed after going to the toilet or after changing nappies; by drinking contaminated water; by swimming in contaminated pools; by handling infected animals; and through eating food contaminated by an infected person.

“Council wishes to reassure the community that while some households may experience water discolouration on occasion this is caused by ageing pipes,” Ms Hyam said.

“I would encourage residents to report discolouration to our Customer Service Centre on 6578 7290 so that our works team can investigate.”

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