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Potable (treated) and Non Potable Water (untreated)

Constant water quality testing and monitoring ensures the water supply network provides a high quality and reliable water source for households and businesses in Moree Plains. We do this by implementing the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG, 2011) framework and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) risk based management system. These standards combined, assist in the prevention of biological, chemical, and physical hazards to our water supply. All water quality analytical work is performed by a NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) registered laboratory. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines govern Moree Plains Shire Council’s water quality operations and monitoring.

Council supplies both treated potable (drinking water) and untreated non-potable (not for drinking) water to residents throughout the Shire via water treatment plants.

Across the Shire, the treatment plants deliver approximately 3178 mega litres of drinking water each year and 34mega litres (approximately) of untreated water and 655 mega litres of recycled water.

Potable water (treated)

Drinking water is water that has been treated (or is naturally pristine) and is safe to use as drinking water and for cooking.

The potable water supply in Moree, Mungindi, Boggabilla and Pallamallawa have water treatment plants which provide the community with potable (drinking quality) water which is required to meet the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG) 2011.

Moree’s water is from a treated bore supply.

The Boggabilla and Mungindi water supplies are pumped from the Macintrye and Barwon Rivers respectively. The plants have filtration systems to produce the highest quality drinking water. At times when the river levels drops or after a rain event, the amount of sediment and turbidity in the rivers create ‘dirty‘ water, which deteriorates the water quality (taste and odour), so we occassionally impose water restrictions.

Occasionally incidents affect drinking water quality. These may include changing source water conditions such as flooding, detection of Escherichia coli (e.Coli) bacteria and/or blooms of cyanobacteria (blue green algae).

The NSW Health response protocols provide guidance on managing physical, chemical and microbiological quality of drinking water and/or treatment failure. Water suppliers in consultation with their local Public Health Unit may issue a boil water alert or other warnings to protect the health of consumers. 

Non potable water (untreated)

Non-potable water is not fit for drinking, food preparation, cleaning teeth or activities such as bathing or showering but can be used in other areas of domestic life such as the laundry, flushing the toilet, gardens, stock and domestic animals. Non-drinking water has no protection against disease-causing organisms or heavy metals that may contaminate the water.

In the communities Boggabilla, Boomi, Garah, Weemelah and Gurley, the water supplied by Council is an untreated bore supply and should not be used for internal household and domestic use. The non-potable supply is only for fire fighting and yard watering in these villages. Property owners are responsible for providing their own drinking water supplies and this can be sourced from private bores, rain water tanks filled by either rain water or licensed water carters.

Non-drinking water can be used for:
•Laundry
•Garden use (subject to permanent water saving measures)
•Stock and domestic animals
•Toilet flushing
*Fire fighting


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