Western Water is introducing bore water to the Lancefield (VIC) water supply after a decline in local reservoir water levels.
Western Water’s General Manager of Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, said Lancefield’s surface water supply would need to be supplemented with up to 30 per cent bore water over the next five months.
“We have had very low inflows into Garden Hut Reservoir over the past few months, and a spike in water use during the recent fires,” Mr Holts said.
“Using some bore water in the Lancefield supply system will preserve local surface water until the reservoir can recover.
“If needed, we can also call on water made available through the Romsey-Lancefield pipeline connection to Western Water’s broader supply network.”
Mr Holt says the percentage of bore water in the Lancefield supply will be kept to around 30 per cent.
With low proportions of bore water in the supply, it is unlikely that customers will notice any changes to the taste or odour of their water. Low levels of fluoride, from water in storage reservoirs, may also be found in town supplies until the reservoir levels fully recover.
All water supplied is safe to drink and is fully compliant with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.