Myponga in South Australia has been enjoying improved water quality and taste following SA Water’s latest upgrade to the area’s treatment process.

Over a period of four weeks, the vital final disinfection process applied to cleaned and filtered drinking water sourced from the Myponga Reservoir for the local township network, has been changed from chlorine to chloramine.

After evaluating this first stage of implementation, SA Water will look to progressively roll-out the same change over the next two years to all customers along the Fleurieu Peninsula and Southern Vales, who receive safe, clean drinking water from the Myponga Water Treatment Plant.

SA Water’s Senior Manager Water Expertise, Daniel Hoefel, said the initial Myponga Township changeover process went smoothly.

“There were a few minutes of slightly cloudy water as the new supply moved through the network and met with the old supply, but we were fortunate to not experience a temporary discoloured water event,” Dr Hoefel said.

“It’s possible that some individual properties may have still experienced discoloured water caused by biofilm within their private pipe networks, and we’d like to hear about this to help plan the wider roll-out across the rest of the Fleurieu.”

Changing disinfection processes from chlorine to chloramine aims to overcome water quality challenges presented by the source water and long pipelines in the area’s network, as well as producing a taste preferred by customers.

“Changing to chloramine ensures the water remains clean and safe to drink, but with a slightly different – improved – flavour profile,” Dr Hoefel said.

“All of the Myponga residents who had an advanced taste of the new chloraminated water at a drop-in session we held ahead of the changeover, preferred it to the former chlorine-treated supply.

“We hope the rest of the township is giving their new water supply a fresh try, and enjoying its improved quality and taste.”

Image provided by SA Water and shows SA Water’s Port Elliot District Leader Jim Garrod and Dr Daniel Hoefel with smiling Samoyed Brewery Venue Manager Karen Galvin, owner Kate Henning, and Hoppy the Samoyed, who have been enjoying the improved taste of the township’s drinking water, and say the transition went smoothly at their property.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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