Discoloured water supplied to taps in Cleveland's south-east safe, says council

WATER SUPPLY: Discoloured water supplied to a Cleveland home overnight on Wednesday, October 10. Photo: Supplied
WATER SUPPLY: Discoloured water supplied to a Cleveland home overnight on Wednesday, October 10. Photo: Supplied

DISCOLOURED water supplied to Redlands homes is safe, council has advised after receiving reports overnight of brown water from taps in Cleveland’s south-east.

A Redland City Council spokesperson said discoloured water could sometimes arise from changes in flows through water pipes, caused by maintenance work or water being drawn from nearby hydrant stand pipes.

“Houses connected to ends of water pipes, such as those in cul-de-sacs, are sometimes effected by discoloured water, although it carries no additional health risks," the spokesperson said.

“Council supplies water to standards defined in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and complies with its stringent testing regime.

“No adverse test results have been detected.”

The spokesperson said council had recalled hydrant stand pipes to reduce occurrences of discoloured water.

Water filling stations had also recently been installed across the city.

The spokesperson said council had also begun to recommission a water main at Alexandra Hills on Tuesday, October 9.

However, this would not affect water supply to Cleveland properties, the spokesperson said.

“The recommissioning works include extensive flushing and bacteriological testing in accordance with the ADWG.”

Redland Water –  a business unit within Redland City Council – buys and distributes bulk water from Seqwater, which owns and operates bores, dams, reservoirs, water sources and catchments.

For more information about Redland Water, visit here.