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Geelong's water supply is safe; constant vigilance is still needed

Lead has been detected in water supplied from some public drinking fountains operated by the City of Greater Geelong, Barwon Water said this week

This issue is not related to the quality of water supplied by Barwon Water. This is related to the council’s public drinking fountains.

In a release, Barwon Water said drinking water supplied through its reticulation network was unquestionably safe to drink and meets all health and safety guidelines.

“As part of our comprehensive water quality monitoring program, we routinely sample for lead across our entire network on a monthly basis. We have never had a lead detection above the Australian Drinking Water Health Guideline value,” the release said.

The advice from the Department of Health and Human Services is that people do not need to worry if they have consumed water from the affected fountains as these fountains are not the main source of daily water consumption.

We are continuing to work collaboratively with Council, as well as other agencies, on this issue.

Master Plumber’s CEO Peter Daly said that authorities have provided clear assurances that Geelong’s water is safe to drink, but the scare underscores the need for constant vigilance in maintaining a safe drinking water supply.

“Lead contamination can occur for many reasons, and it’s critical that consumers and businesses alike insist on only using Watermark-certified fittings and have these installed by a licensed plumber. ”

Read more on the Geelong water quality issue at:

http://www.barwonwater.com.au/about/news-blog/geelong-water-unquestionably-safe

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-16/geelong-water-fountains-shut-off-over-unsafe-lead-levels/9768252