Demand stirs up sediment and causes dirty water in Grenfell

Water consumers in the Grenfell area may have experienced or are experiencing temporary discoloured water, Central Tablelands Water (CTW) said last week.

High demand has been identified as the cause of Grenfell's discoloured water.

High demand has been identified as the cause of Grenfell's discoloured water.

In a statement CTW attributed the problem to the increased water supply demand due to the recent extreme warmer weather.

“To meet this high demand, pumps have been utilised to transfer the extra volumes of water required throughout our reticulation system,” CTW said.

“By using the pumps and the subsequent increases in the flow of water can disturb any small amount of sediment in the pipes, causing the temporary discolouration.

“Please be advised that this small amount of sediment will not affect the quality of water as determined and regulated by the NSW Department of Health Drinking Water guidelines.

“Ageing pipes in residential plumbing may also be a cause for water discolouration.

“If you notice any discolouration of your water, please turn on your tap closest to your water meter for a short period of time to flush through water to remove this.

“CTW has a pipe flushing program in place to minimise sediment residue, however, this program has been impacted by the prolonged drought period and the criticality of conserving water.

CTW encourages residents to notify CTW on 02 6391 7200 or email water@ctw.nsw.gov.au if they are experiencing discoloured water at your residence.