Water authority dismisses rumours
Friday, 22nd January, 2016
By Erica Visser
The water authority has moved to clear rampant rumours concerning the local supply.
The BDT was contact by several residents who had heard that the city’s new Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant was ill-equipped to treat “filthy” water from the Weir 32 pool and had reverted back to use of the salty Copi Hollow.
Concerns were also sparked by a Facebook post which suggested the Menindee bore was “no longer in operation due to the extremely high levels of metals, arsenic and other contaminants”.
The post appeared on the ‘We Want Action’ page and was shared 117 times and received 140 ‘likes’ within 24 hours.
But Essential Water’s Manager of Water Operations, Guy Chick, yesterday put the rumours to rest.
“The reverse osmosis plant at Broken Hill and the bore/treatment plant at Menindee are fully operational and continue to treat and distribute water compliant with Australian drinking standards,” Mr Chick said.
“The reverse osmosis plant has capacity to provide up to 13 megalitres of compliant water per day, with water for Broken Hill coming from the Weir 32 Pool.
“Water for the Menindee community is drawn from the Menindee Common bore and there have been no drawings from Lake Copi Hollow or the interconnecting channel since January 13.
“Since operations at the reverse osmosis plant commenced, the community of Broken Hill has seen an improvement in water quality.”
Menindee-based water advocate Karen Page said she spoke with Mr Chick yesterday morning who alleviated any concerns.
“It’s 100 per cent safe. This is all rumour and propaganda,” she said.
“A lot of people are grateful for what’s been done by the water authorities to secure our supply but a lot are cynical.
“The authorities, especially Guy, have been keeping me updated with what’s been happening with the bore here so I can keep the Menindee community informed.
“But how do you stop rumour and propaganda?”
Ms Page said she had spoken to a number of the town’s residents who had no problems with the quality of the bore water since a switch in supply earlier this month.
“No one has complained about the water. Before we had it turned over to the bore and it was smelling.
“But since then it’s been good. I’ve had bore water delivered here to our place, I’ve showered in it and there’s no smell at all.”