Wannon Water responds to seasonal algae in Warrnambool’s water supply

05 March 2019

Wannon Water is closely monitoring the levels of naturally occurring algae in Warrnambool’s raw water storages that may temporarily affect the taste and odour of the drinking water.

Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said that, while the water remains safe to drink, algae levels in some of Warrnambool’s raw water supplies have increased as a result of seasonal conditions.

“Wannon Water is actively working to minimise the algal issues through several measures, including changing the source of water and making some minor adjustments to the treatment process,” Mr Jeffers said.

“This is not uncommon at this time of year as algae thrives in warm, dry conditions. Similar events occurred within the Warrnambool catchment this time last year and this most recent event is not surprising given the recent hot weather.”

Mr Jeffers said any material, such as algae and suspended particles, is removed from the raw water during treatment at the Warrnambool water treatment plant.

“Although some customers may potentially notice a temporary earthy taste or odour in the coming days, the water is safe to drink and complies with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines,” Mr Jeffers said.

“Our treatment team is responding as quickly as possible and we thank customers for their understanding and patience.”

“We urge anyone with concerns to call us on 1300 926 666.”