Blackwater, or is it bad water?

WATER has been a dirty word in Blackwater for months, as residents struggle to stomach the murky and often foul-smelling stream from their taps.

The Central Highlands Regional Council tomorrow will dedicate the first hour of a community consultation meeting to the topic of the town's water supply.

Resident Peta Rulton has previously raised concerns about how it affects her son's health.

"There was an occasion when I took my baby to the hospital with a bit of a temperature," she said. "I was told it could possibly be from the water."

Despite her best efforts, she said it was impossible to keep her young son from putting his hands to his mouth.

The council was swamped with complaints of dirty and undrinkable water, but maintained it was safe to drink. High levels of iron and magnesium in the Connors and Mackenzie River systems were blamed for the discolouration.

The recent rainfall had reportedly improved the quality and the council said works were continuing in both Blackwater and Tieri to fix the problem in the long term.

"Water quality in Blackwater and Tieri has much improved and the rainfall that we have had has helped in improving water quality," Water Utilities acting manager David Karrol said last week.

"What it has done is flushed the dissolved iron and manganese throughout the water."



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