South Gippsland Water will complete works at the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant to improve the treatment process.

The work is being completed in advance of works for the Lance Creek Water Connection, which includes the construction of a 21km pipeline  to link the regions Northern townships of Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora to the region’s largest water supply, Lance Creek.

Managing Director for South Gippsland Water, Philippe du Plessis, said, “In the short term, some changes in taste and odour may be noticeable, however, these changes enable South Gippsland Water to more effectively treat greater volumes of water at the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant. It ensures that those customers at both the start and the end of our distribution system are provided an effectively disinfected water supply.

“The recent algae bloom at the Lance Creek Reservoir has been impacting on taste and smell of the water over that last six weeks. This continues to pose challenges to Water Treatment Operators who are doing all they can to improve water quality. Due to the current algae bloom it may be that the change in process may not be noticeable and masked by the stronger taste and odour that the algae gives off, which can be detected by human senses at extremely low concentrations.

“The algae Bloom at Lance Creek reservoir whilst impacting water supplied does not pose any health concerns. Water has and will remain safe to drink throughout the changes at the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant. Treatment agents remain the same, it is merely an adjustment in process that will occur to enable greater longevity of the water disinfection process”. 

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