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Commitment to safe and reliable drinking water

Information courtesy of Mid Coast Water;

Continuing their commitment to providing safe and reliable drinking water has seen MidCoast Water launch a management plan to ensure a high quality of water will be maintained for the communities they serve.

Improving the quality of the water it supplies to its customers has been a major focus for MidCoast Water over the past few years with significant funds invested in major capital works projects to consistently deliver top quality water.

The water authority has dramatically improved water quality for communities in the Manning, Forster Tuncurry area and Tea Gardens Hawks Nest, investing more than $100 million in improved water treatment processes in these areas over recent years.

Underpinning this investment in quality is the development of a drinking water quality management planwhich documents the organisation’s approach to managing water quality from the catchment to the tap.

“This plan shows our commitment to providing safe and reliable drinking water and covershow we manage the quality of water right from the catchments, through to our storages, treatment and distribution processes – to ensure quality at the customers’ taps,” general manager Robert Loadsman explained.

Mr Loadsman said the plan was developed with the involvement of the NSW Department of Health.

MidCoast Water operates five water supply systems across their service area – the Manning scheme, which supplies 36,000 homes across the Greater Taree and Forster-Tuncurry area and schemes in the Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Tea Gardens and Stroud townships.

“This plan clearly shows our community that we have a comprehensive management system to ensure the quality of our drinking water, and the plan ensures high quality of water will be maintained to both protect public health and meet regulatory requirements.

Mr Loadsman said the plan demonstrates both the operational and monitoring practices MidCoast Water employs, along with their management approach to delivering good quality, reliable drinking water supplies.

As part of our management of drinking water a number of supporting activities are undertaken including employee training, community involvement and awareness and research and development.

“This plan also provides an analysis of water testing results and an assessment of long term trends in drinking water quality.”

A summary of the plan is available at www.midcoastwater.com.au/dwmp with the full plan available on request.

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