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Blackwater Monitoring - Murray River

Last updated: 3.40 pm, 11 January 2023

Murray River supplied towns and pipelines

Black water alert

Reason: Blackwater in the Murray River

GWMWater filters water on our Murray River Pumping Systems however, this does not improve water quality during blackwater events. Some regulated towns supplies also have a minor level of treatment which has little impact on blackwater.

GWMWater operational staff will continue to manage treatment processes where possible, and flush pipes to help relieve some of the effects of blackwater. We expect water quality issues to continue for several weeks.

Customers can contact us 24/7 on 1800 188 586 to discuss any water quality concerns or report any sudden change in water quality.

GWMWater will provide further information to customers if the situation changes or if any actions need to be taken.

Reminder: Customers in the following towns are reminded that your untreated water supply is not safe for drinking:

  • Walpeup
  • Nandaly
  • Patchewollock
  • Speed
  • Tempy
  • Chillingollah
  • Chinkapook
  • Waitchie
  • Sea Lake
  • Berriwillock
  • Culgoa
  • Ultima
  • Lalbert
  • Nullawil
  • Quambatook

Further resources:

  • More information on blackwater can be found on the Water Quality Australia website by clicking here 
  • Farmers who have been impacted by floods and require assistance, or have urgent animal welfare needs, should contact the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit the Agriculture Victoria website here
  • Access the latest emergency warnings, news and information on the VicEmergency website by clicking here or by downloading the VicEmergency App to your mobile device.
  • Access the latest weather warnings current for Victoria on the Bureau of Meteorology website by clicking here.

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