NOT BEER: The water out of Elizabeth Oostveen’s tap in Murwillumbah this week. Photo: Contributed
NOT BEER: The water out of Elizabeth Oostveen’s tap in Murwillumbah this week. Photo: Contributed

No it's not beer, this came out of a Mur'bah tap

A MURWILLUMBAH woman received a putrid shock when she turned on the kitchen tap this week.

From her town water-connected tap poured a liquid that could have been mistaken for beer, such was its muddy appearance.

Elizabeth Oostveen said water quality at her William St home had been worsening since Christmas and she had been forced to buy it.

But she said the quality reached a new low on Thursday.

"It's really filthy. You wouldn't use it at all," she said.

"You don't know whether it's got sewage in it or not."

She said council officers promptly attended her home to flush out the water pipes, the third time this had been done in the last two months.

The discolouration is caused by trace elements in the water such as iron or manganese, said director of community and natural resources David Oxenham.

Although uncommon, these elements can accumulate in pipes and, under certain conditions, can make the water discoloured, he says.

"Although unsightly, the suspended particles are not harmful to health," Mr Oxenham said.

Elizabeth's water is now clear again, to her relief.

Did you know?

Tweed Shire's Bray Park Weir is a man-made tidal barrier that prevents salt water from intruding into the fresh water supply.

Once water reaches Bray Park Weir, it is extracted, treated and pumped via 660km of pipes to 23 reservoirs throughout the shire.



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