CLOUDY: Brandon Bozanic's photo of his tap water in Burnett Heads.
CLOUDY: Brandon Bozanic's photo of his tap water in Burnett Heads. Contributed

Something in the water at Burnett Heads

"ANYONE else's tap water look like milk?”

Brandon Bozanic's message resonated on social media this week among residents at Burnett Heads.

His picture showed a glass of cloudy white water "with steam coming off it - and it's cold”, he said.

Mr Bozanic said his tap water looked that way for two days, and Bundaberg Regional Council has clarified that the appearance was most likely caused by air in the area's water mains following work at the Port.

"Council received notification from a Burnett Heads resident on Monday morning that the water supply was discoloured and appeared milky,” water and waste water spokesman Jason Bartels said.

"Following inspection of a photograph submitted by the resident, a water officer contacted the resident to advise that the discolouration was likely caused by air in the water mains.

"Air in the water mains is a common result of maintenance works being carried out, and is likely due to recent scheduled works involving the new water mains that are currently being installed at the Port of Bundaberg.”

As several Facebook commenters suggested, air in the water can often result in the water appearing milky and when left to sit, the air will dissipate and the water will clear, Cr Bartels said.

"Should discolouration of the water continue, then residents are advised to turn on the nearest external tap to the boundary meter and allow it to run for a period of time until it is clear,” he said.

"If the water remains discoloured after some time, then residents should contact council on 1300 883 699 and report the issue.”

He emphasised that "air in the water mains does not affect the water quality and it is safe to drink”.

After two days Mr Bozanic said the water had noticably cleared up, but said he and his family generally avoided drinking the water, and it seemed they were not alone.

Nancy Torvik Hoff Smith said she had lived in the area for 14 years.

"Put in a water filtration system the second year we lived here as we could not drink the water without boiling it first. The amount of chlorine added is unbelievable, just to cover up the saltiness and nasty taste.”



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