Drinking Water and Water Quality

> Our region's water supplies

Raw water is sourced from nine individual systems the Coliban Northern, Coliban Southern, Campaspe, Wimmera, Loddon, Goulburn, Murray, Groundwater Elmore and Groundwater Trentham.

We have 37 reservoirs and service basins (three of which are operated by our business partner) and 19 water treatment plants (three of which are operated by our business partner) which provide potable (drinking) water to 45 town supply zones with a population of approximately 160,000.



> Potable (drinking) water

We report on compliance of potable (drinking) water supply systems in our Annual Report.

List of water treatment processes and added substances (PDF).


> Non potable (un-treated) water

Seven towns in our region are supplied with non potable (un-treated) water, with no treatment processes in place before water is supplied to customers.

These townships are: Borung, Dingee, Jarklin, Macorna, Mitiamo, Mysia, and Wychitella.

Receiving a non potable supply means that the water is not suitable for human consumption (ie drinking, food preparation, brushing teeth or ice making purposes).

In the event of poor raw water quality, the water should also not be used for personal hygiene purposes - such as bathing or showering.

For further information read our non potable water supply brochure.


> Safe Drinking Water Act 2003

The Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 came into effect in Victoria on 1 July 2004 and established a new legislative framework for assuring drinking water quality in Victoria.

We are a Water Supplier as outlined in the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003.

A Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 Annual Report (PDF 11MB), which goes to the Secretary of the Department of Health, is prepared each year to satisfy the annual reporting requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003.

View our Annual Reports for our compliance with the water quality standards specified in the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003.

> Australian Drinking Water Guidelines

The 2011 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) was developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in collaboration with the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC).

The ADWG incorporates the "Framework for the Management of Drinking Water Quality" and provides the Australian community and the water supply industry with guidance on what constitutes good quality drinking water.

To find out more visit National Health and Medical Research Council.


> Fluoride information

In our region fluoride is currently added to the drinking water at Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca and Kyneton.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the responsible authority in regards to information about fluoridation of water supplies in Victoria.

The Water Fluoridation information line is
1800 651 723. Further information is also available on the Health.vic website.

View the Health (Fluoridation) Act 1973



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