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Browned off: runners served ‘filthy’ water

WELCOME to Yamba, triathletes, where the beaches are pristine, the community is a buzz and the drinking water is a lovely shade of brown.

That was the awkward conversation some locals had with visiting athletes who quizzed the quality of the drinking water as they ran, swam and cycled around the track at the weekend.

"It's so not a good look for Yamba," the volunteer said.

"A photographer actually asked me when I was filling the white tubs to make the energy drinks 'is that water or something else?'."

The volunteer said the council needed to sort out the water discolouration situation before other large events, or risk turning people off the town.

"The issue I have is that I would like to see council get on the front foot rather than us having to send things to them all the time," the volunteer said.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said if people had concerns about water quality or appearance in Yamba in recent weeks, they hadn't let the council know.

"The last dirty water report we received from Yamba was on August 1 - more than five weeks ago," he said.

"Because our water supply is not filtered, council has historically averaged three to four reports of dirty or discoloured water each week."

Mr Anderson said the council had received four reports of bad water quality in the past seven days, but none from Yamba.

"Council staff will respond to reports of dirty or discoloured water, and people can be assured there are no health risks associated with drinking the water," Mr Anderson said.

Water complaints can be made to 6643 0200 in office hours or 6626 6858 after hours.




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