Despite the recent detection of giardia in the raw water at the Chichester Dam outlet in the Hunter region, Hunter Water says that treated drinking water remains safe to drink.

The level was very low in the untreated raw water only, upstream of the Dungog Water Treatment Plant, and subsequent tests have returned clear. This detection is not unexpected in the raw water in dams and rivers, especially given the significant amount of rainfall in recent weeks.

The Dungog Water Treatment Plant is effective at removing giardia and the detection does not present any risk to treated drinking water, which remains safe to drink. Following standard procedure, NSW Health has been notified.

Hunter Water has communicated to 43 properties, which are directly connected to the untreated section of the Chichester Trunk Gravity Main (CTGM), which is upstream of the Dungog Water Treatment Plant.

Lauren Butler

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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