Woodville Water Supply

The long hot weather, with very little rain and wind, has resulted in extreme algae conditions within the Woodville impounded water supply.  As a result, Council has struggled to remove the odour and taste from the town water when the impounded water supply is used to supplement the river water.

In response to the community's concerns about the quality of their drinking water, Council has decided to cease using the impounded water, and rely on the river as the single source of water for the town. This is only possible as demand from residents is falling as autumn weather sets in.

Whilst the town water continues to be safe to drink, it will be some time before the poor quality water makes its way out of the system. 

Council will undertake flushing of water lines as supply permits.  We ask all residents to assist us during this time, by avoiding unnecessary use of water, particularly outdoors. 

To assist Woodville residents during this time, a water tanker is available for residents to fill their own containers for drinking-water. This will be available between the hours of 8:00am and 7:00pm every day until further notice. The tanker will be located outside the Woodville Fire Station from 4:00pm on Wednesday, 27 April 2016.

Council would like to thank residents for their understanding and patience during this time.


Disinfecting water

If you are unsure about the quality and safety of your drinking-water supply, you can disinfect the supply by:

  • using an approved filter or purifier; or
  • boiling the water for one minute, it is OK to use jugs with an automatic cut-off switch as long as they are full - on no account should the switch be held down to increase the boiling time; or
  • adding chlorine; half a teaspoon of plain household bleach added to 10 litres of water.


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