CTW using activated carbon to remove odours

Drink it up: Josh Sligar and Gavin Rhodes are confident that they have some of the best and safest water available. Photo: Mark Logan.
Drink it up: Josh Sligar and Gavin Rhodes are confident that they have some of the best and safest water available. Photo: Mark Logan.

Pondy, weedy, muddy, grassy, musty and mouldy.

These are just some of the terms that have been used on social media recently to describe the taste and aroma of Blayney's tap water.

The cause of the problem though has been summed up in one word by the Water Quality Manager at Central Tablelands Water, Josh Sligar.

"Drought,' he said. "The lower the dam level gets and the less fresh water that flows into it, the more the water can become slightly oxygen deficient which results in slight earthy odours."

To combat the aroma and taste issue the treatment plant has instigated an extra step in the filtration process.

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"We've implemented the powder activated carbon plant that will remove any taste and odour in the drinking water," Mr Sligar said.

"I believe that we have it beat at the moment."

The smell though has led some residents to think that somehow the hygiene of the water has been compromised and have taken to purchasing bottled water fearing the possibility of gastrointestinal infections.

"That is a complete misconception," Mr Sligar said.

"Lake Rowlands is at an extremely low risk of Giardia and Cryptosporidium and we've never had any detection of either of those from the dam."

"The water is still 100 per cent compliant and it's crystal clear," Mr Sligar said.

"There's no turbidity, no colour, no issues at all with it."

Lake Rowlands' level is currently at 48 per cent.

Lake Rowlands' level is currently at 48 per cent.

CTW is the water supply authority agency for Blayney, Weddin and Cabonne shires and the general manager Gavin Rhodes said customers should contact the office on 6391 7200 if they feel that their water is tainted, rather than social media, as it may well be a local problem.

"If we can log the information we'll have a history there, and we can then investigate to see what the issue there is," he said.

"Then we can plan our budgets around that for our maintenance programs."