SAFE TO USE: Discolouration is attributed to last week’s cold snap.
SAFE TO USE: Discolouration is attributed to last week’s cold snap.

Users still dirty over brown water

COMPLAINTS of dirty tap water are still trickling in from around the region and Clarence Valley Council expects to see more in the next week.

The council's water cycle unit plans to perform water main flushing in areas on Harwood, Chatsworth and Goodwood islands plus Woombah and Iluka, meaning water users between Harwood and Iluka may experience fluctuations in water pressure and periods of dirty water.

Clarence Valley Council works and civil director Troy Anderson said the flushing was expected to take about a week but the timeframe was dependant on other emergency work that may arise.

Last week The Daily Examiner reported on a spike in discoloured water, which was an ongoing issue for some people in the Valley in the past few months.

Mr Anderson said the latest influx of complaints began last week, with 24 complaints made between Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday there were two complaints, none on Thursday and three on Friday. One complaint was recieved at the weekend and three on Monday morning.

In most cases the council attributed the discolouration to last week's cold snap, which may have destroyed micro-organisms that live in water lines.

The discolouration is believed to be the result of them flushing through the system and Mr Anderson assured residents there were no health risks associated with using the water.

Residents can report dirty water to the council's customer service team during business hours on 6643 0200, after hours on 6626 6858 or email

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