23 January 2024

After boiling water for three weeks, Brungle residents can again drink from the tap

| Chris Roe
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The Boil Water Notice had been in place for Brungle for more than three weeks. Photo: Chris Roe.

The Boil Water Notice in place in the village of Brungle since 29 December, 2023, has now been lifted.

After Snowy Valleys Council consulted with NSW Health, the water in the Brungle reticulation was deemed safe to drink from Friday (19 January).

The council worked with NSW Health and the state’s Department of Planning and Environment water inspectors to resolve the problems with the water-treatment plant, which included electrical issues and plant equipment failure.

The delay in repair was attributed to business closures over the Christmas period.

Faulty equipment has been replaced and additional water quality monitoring and intensive flushing of the water supply network have been carried out, along with the normal operational monitoring of the water supply.

Water samples were also sent for microbial analysis and the results were shared with NSW Health.

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The Snowy Valleys Council thanked the Brungle community for its patience while staff worked through this issue and apologised for the inconvenience.

Affected residents have been advised to flush internal plumbing and taps that may not have been used recently.

A notice from the council advised the following:

1. Identify options for collection and reuse of flushed water, e.g. plant watering.

2. Identify the taps furthest from the water meter. Open the taps to allow water from the main to flush the building’s pipes. Let the taps run for at least two minutes. Flushing for a longer period (up to five minutes) or selecting outlets at several locations may be required for larger buildings.

3. Flush each drinking water outlet for about 10 seconds to remove water that has been sitting in the taps.

If you have filled any water tanks with reticulated water during the Boil Water Notice period, you should empty and refill the tank or continue to boil this water until the tank has been emptied and refilled. NSW Health’s website offers guidance for water tanks.

Anyone concerned about their health is advised to contact their local medical professional.

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