We are committed to providing customers with high quality drinking water that meets the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Regulations and our own Customer Charter.
To this end, we closely monitor water quality at every stage of the treatment process and its supply to customers, with around 30,000 samples taken and tested each year.
As part of our ongoing maintenance program, more than 60km of water mains were extensively cleaned during the 2014-15 financial year to maintain drinking water quality. Communities targeted included Swan Reach, Bruthen, Johnsonville, Cann River, Mallacoota, Lindenow and Bairnsdale.
While we produce high quality water, there may be occasions when customers experience a change in the taste or smell, which is nonetheless harmless. The cause may be:
a change in the level of chlorine used to disinfect the water;
a change in the source of the water supplied;
an issue with the customer’s plumbing;
the customer moving from one area to another.
Water corporations are required by law to disinfect all their drinking water supplies, to ensure that they contain no harmful bacteria. Adding chlorine in small, controlled amounts is a very effective way to disinfect the water all the way to the tap.
An easy way to reduce or remove the taste or smell of chlorine is to place a jug of water in the fridge to cool before drinking.
Taste and smell is difficult to measure, as some people have a greater sensitivity than others. However, if customers notice a taste or smell for the first time, or it is stronger than usual and they are concerned, they should contact East Gippsland Water on 1800 671 841 for advice.