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14 December 2020

Coliban Water is planning a large-scale water mains cleaning program for Bendigo which kicks off in January 2021.

In addition to Bendigo, the program will cover the towns of Axedale, Huntly, Marong, Sebastian and Raywood.

Executive General Manager Service Delivery Danny McLean said the works are due to begin Wednesday 27 January and run until the end of April 2021.

“This program of works is an important part of our routine maintenance that occurs every two to three years to ensure the water supplied to customers continues to be safe. 

“These works will not affect the pressure or flow of customers’ water supply. It will involve changing the usual water treatment process at the Bendigo Water Treatment Plant (WTP). 

“It’s important we do these works now to ensure disinfection is maintained throughout our network of pipes,” Mr McLean said. 

“This is part of our regular cleaning program for our network and at all times the water will remain safe to drink and meets the Australian drinking water guidelines.

“For the duration of works, only chlorine will be used – which is known as free chlorination. This is a common method of disinfection used in many parts of the Coliban Water region.

“Once the works are finished, we will return to the normal chloramination water treatment process and there will be an improved chlorine residual in the Bendigo water supply network.

“We are currently speaking to a wide range of community members, groups, businesses and stakeholders to create awareness about these works before they start,” Mr McLean said. 

Some customers may notice a change in the taste and odour of the water. If you believe you are sensitive to chlorine, you may choose to pass your drinking water through a purifier or filter. Another option is to fill a jug and place it in the fridge for ten minutes as this will remove the taste of chlorine. 

The water will remain safe for pets to drink. 

“We are also encouraging pet stores to review their water treatment processes if they intend on refilling an aquarium during this time,” Mr McLean said. 

Further information about our routine cleaning works program can be found on our website on the Planned Works page. 

Last updated on 14 Dec 2020
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