Our water leaves a sour taste

NOTICED something odd about Cooma's water lately? The taste, the smell?

But Cooma-Monaro Shire Council has assured residents of the quality of the drinking water after some concerns were raised about its smell and taste recently.

The water had what was described as having an 'earthy' taste and an unusual odour.

Council's director of engineering services Linda Nicholson said it was the result of a storm in the upper catchment of the Cooma Water Supply earlier in the month.

"This storm created very turbid water coming down the river," she said.

"On Sunday night [March 9] the turbidity levels in the river were very high, and as a result the Cooma Water Treatment Plant production of water was stopped. Early Monday morning the inlet water quality improved to allow us to resume treatment of the water for the Cooma system.

"The inlet and outlet water met all water quality criteria, however because of the higher than normal turbid water coming into the plant, the water retained an 'earthy' taste.

"By Tuesday morning we were back to 'normal' water coming into the plant, and as such back to our 'normal' water quality into the reservoirs."

She said there was still some 'earthy' water in the system which took about a week to get out.

"Because we are dealing with a natural waterway this is what our operators and staff are trained to deal with," Mrs Nicholson said.

"Cooma has great quality water supplied to us; because of our well trained and committed staff that continuously monitor the water into the plant, out of the plant and through the reticulation system.

"At all times the water supplied to Cooma met all licence and quality requirements as per our statutory regulations."

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