Why there is 'gross water' coming from homeowners' taps

A resident in regional NSW has raised concerns about cloudy “gross” water from her tap.

The woman, a Dubbo resident, posted a picture of her tap water on Wednesday.

“Anyone else have gross water?” she wrote.

Others also mentioned their tap water was looking strange.

A woman in Dubbo’s east posted a similar photo.

“It has lots of tiny bubbles and then starts settling,” she wrote.

A resident of nearby Wongarbon added his water is cloudy too.

Two glasses of cloudy tap water poured from Dubbo taps.
A number of Dubbo residents are concerned about the quality of their drinking water. Source: Facebook

There’s was also some suggestion the water was coming out cloudy due to the area’s issues with drought.

However, that’s not the case.

A Dubbo Regional Council spokeswoman told Yahoo News Australia in a statement the cloudy water is due to maintenance.

“Cloudy water is a common occurrence when we have undertaken repairs with the water mains that we need to shut down the water or back feed to provide water,” she said in a statement.

“This is just air in the line that causes the water to go milky/cloudy, this will clear up in a couple of minutes and the water will still meet Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and NSW Health guidelines.

“If people experience this they just need to run the tap for a couple of minutes and it will clear up. This has nothing to do with the upcoming increase of water restrictions.”

Earlier this week, Dubbo Regional Council announced level three water restrictions on October 1 and level four water restrictions to start November.

Dubbo Regional Council’s Chief Executive Officer Michael McMahon said in a statement Council has the responsibility to reduce demand on the area’s water supply.

Cockatoos gather on the ground to eat in a drought-affected paddock  on the outskirts of Dubbo, Australia.
Cockatoos seen in a drought-affected paddock on Dubbo's outskirts earlier this month. Source: Getty Images

“This is an unprecedented time for Dubbo Regional Council, moving quickly from level three to four and will rely on full cooperation from the community,” he said.

“Level four restrictions will result in a significant cut to the amount of outdoor water usage and I would encourage residents to familiarise themselves with the changes.

“It also requires people to rethink the way they use water within their homes such as shorter showers and full loads of washing.”

Dubbo Regional Council has been contacted for comment.

In August, NSW Department of Primary Industries said more than 98 per cent of the state is in drought.

Last month, the NSW Hunter Region announced water restrictions for the first time in 25 years.

Sydney also announced water restrictions earlier this year for areas including the city, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.

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