Boil Water Advisory for North End of Bega Valley County | Magnet
Recent heavy rains and an influx of visitors to Bega Valley County have led to a boil water advisory to customers connected to the Brogo-Bermagui water supply.
The cities and towns affected are Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Beauty Point, Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake, Wallaga Lake Heights, Wallaga Lake Koori Village and Akolele, as well as the main main customers of these areas.
All water intended for drinking, preparing food, cleaning teeth and making ice cubes should be boiled before use.
Boiled water can be cooled and stored in a clean container with a lid and refrigerated.
The council’s director of water and sanitation services, Chris Best, said the Brogo temporary treatment facility is currently unable to meet growing demand.
“Our water treatment team has been working around the clock since heavy rains fell in the watershed last Thursday,” said Best.
âHowever, with more visitors to the area during the summer vacation, it has reached the point where the sewage plant can no longer cope with the higher demand.
âThe temporary plant has reduced the need for boil water advisories since the introduction of flocculation technology this year, but even that has its limitations, which is why we are building a processing plant and permanent filtration on the same site.
âWhen it is commissioned at the end of 2022, it will end the need for connected customers of Brogo-Bermagui to boil their water after heavy rains.
“We previously avoided boil water advisories by hauling water from our southern supply, but given the increase in use at this time of year, this is currently not possible.
“Our water team will continue a regular program of testing the spring water of the Brogo River, known for its high turbidity levels, especially following the Black Summer bushfires which severely affected the watershed. “
Council will notify residents through local media, the council website and Facebook page when the boil water advisory is lifted.
The water supply to all other areas of Bega Valley County is currently unaffected.