Drinking water quality information

Public water supplies in NSW are monitored in line with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines Water quality information is available from:

Water supplies in regional NSW are monitored for microbiological and chemical quality through the NSW Health Drinking Water Monitoring Program.

NSW Health encourages all public water suppliers to regularly report water quality information to their consumers. Water quality information is also published annually in the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Water’s performance monitoring and benchmarking reports.

Water quality incidents

Occasionally incidents affect drinking water quality. These may include changing source water conditions such as flooding, operational problems, detection of Escherichia coli bacteria and/or blooms of cyanobacteria (blue green algae).

The NSW Health response protocols provide guidance on managing physical, chemical and microbiological quality of drinking water and/or treatment failure. Water suppliers in consultation with their local Public Health Unit may issue a boil water alert or other warnings to protect the health of consumers.

Water suppliers are responsible for ensuring that consumers are aware of any warnings regarding the safety of drinking water. This can be achieved using a variety of media such as newspapers, radio and social media. Letter drops, warning signs and direct contact with vulnerable populations may also be required.

Incidents

For current information on incidents, please check with your water supplier. NSW Health updates this list based on information provided by water suppliers. Sometimes there may be a delay in reporting.

Information on recent water quality incidents can be found below.

​Water supplier ​Supply and incident ​Date placed ​Date lifted ​Status
​Snowy Monaro Regional Council ​Boil water notice for Jindabyne, Leesville, Lakewood, The Station Resort and High Country30 October 2020​​9 November 2020Lifted
Jenolan Caves Trust​​ ​Boil water notice for Jenolan Caves ​15 August 2020 ​28 October 2020 ​Lifted
​Snowy Valleys Council Boil water notice for Adelong, Cloverdale and Tumut ​28 August 2020 ​1 September ​Lifted
Yass Valley Council ​Boil water alert for Yass, Bowning and Binalong ​10 August 2020 ​20 August 2020 ​Lifted
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Boil water alert for Jindabyne, Leesville, Lakewood, The Station Resort, and the High Country ​10 August 2020 ​17 August 2020 ​Lifted
Bega Valley Shire Council​ ​Boil water alert for Brogo-Bermagui ​6 August 2020 ​19 August 2020 ​Lifted
​Upper Hunter Shire Council​ Scone boil water notice extended to Aberdeen & Murrurundi ​31 July 2020

​Murrurundi 4 August 2020, Aberdeen         12 August 2020

​Lifted
Upper Hunter Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Scone ​28 July 2020 ​12 August 2020 Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​​​Boil water notice for Jenolan Caves ​​13 February 2020 ​2 June 2020 ​Lifted
​Cabonne Council ​Boil water notice for Molong​ ​1 May 2020 ​7 May 2020 ​Lifted
Uralla Shire Council​​

Do not drink notice for Uralla supply

Hunter New England Health factsheet-Uralla town water arsenic levels above drinking water guidelines

18 ​December 2019 ​27 April 2020 ​Lifted
​Upper Hunter Shire Council ​​Boil water notice for Scone and Murrurundi​  ​13 March 2020 ​19 March 2020 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ ​Boil water notice for Collarenebri​ ​18 February 2020 ​21 February 2020 ​Lifted
Singleton Council​ ​​Boil water notice for parts of Singleton ​​10 February 2020 ​​17 February 2020 ​Lifted
​​Dubbo Regional Council​​ Boil water notice for Wellington ​5 February 2020 ​​25 March 2020 ​Lifted
Dubbo Regional Council​​ Boil water notice for Geurie ​​30 January 2020 ​25 February 2020 ​Lifted
​Uralla Shire Council ​​Boil water notice for Bundarra 7 January 2020 ​​21 February 2020 ​​Lifted
​Narrabri Shire Council​ ​Boil water notice for Narrabri ​​9 February 2020 ​​13 February 2020 ​Lifted
Bega Valley Shire Council​​ ​​Boil water notice for Bemboka ​​31 December 2019 ​14 February 2020 ​Lifted
Liverpool Plains Shire Council​​ ​​Boil water notice for Wallabadah ​​28 January 2020 ​​31 January 2020 ​Lifted
​​Gwydir Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Bingara ​23 January 2020​ ​30 January 2020 ​Lifted
Snowy Valleys Council​​​ Boil water notice for Tumbarumba ​​3 January 2020 ​26 January 2020 ​Lifted
Eurobodalla Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Moruya and south to Tilba ​5 January 2020 ​8 January 2020 ​Lifted
Snowy Valleys Council​ Boil water notice for Talbingo 7 ​January 2020​January 2020 ​10 January 2020 ​Lifted
Snowy Valleys Council​ Boil water notice for Batlow ​3 January 2020 ​22 January 2020 ​Lifted
​Snowy Valleys Council Boil water notice for Adelong ​5 January 2020 ​7 January 2020 ​Lifted
Bega Valley Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Eden and Boydtown ​5 January 2020 ​13 January 2020 ​Lifted
​Bega Valley Shire Council Boil water notice for Brogo-Bermagui supply 31 ​December 2019​ ​21 January 2020 ​Lifted
Lismore City Council​ Lismore City Council- Boil water notice for Nimbin supply rural customers ​December 2019 ​Lifted
Mid-Western Regional Council​ Boil water notice for Mudgee ​November 2019 ​Lifted
​Tenterfield Shire Council Boil water notice for Tenterfield ​October 2019 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Boil water notice for Jenolan Caves ​September 2019 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Walgett ​August 2019 ​Lifted
Snowy Valleys Council​ Boil water notice for Tumbarumba ​February 2019 ​Lifted
Uralla Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Bundarra ​January 2019 ​Lifted
Warrumbungle Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Coolah ​January 2019 ​Lifted
​Snowy Valleys Council Boil water notice for Cloverdale ​December 2018 ​Lifted
​Coonamble Shire Council Boil water notice for Quambone ​November 2018 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Boil water notice for Jenolan Caves ​October 2018 ​Lifted
​Walgett Shire Council Boil water notice for Lightning Ridge ​July 2018 ​Lifted
Gunnedah Shire Council​ ​Boil water notice for Tambar Springs ​March 2018 ​Lifted
​The Council of the Shire of Bourke Boil water notice for Enngonia non-potable supply ​January 2018 ​Lifted
​Cowra Council Non potable water notice for Wyangala ​September 2017 ​​In place
​Warrumbungle Shire Council Boil water notice for Mendooran ​June 2017 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ ​Boil water notice for Lightning Ridge ​April 2017 ​Lifted
​Walgett Shire Council Boil water notice for Collarenebri filtered supply ​April 2017 ​Lifted
Tweed Shire Council​​ Boil water notice for south Murwillumbah ​March 2017 ​Lifted
Tweed Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Uki ​March 2017 ​Lifted
​Lismore City Council Boil water notice for Nimbin rural supply ​March 2017 ​Lifted
Murrumbidgee Council​ Boil water notice for Darlington Point system ​March 2017 Lifted​
Bega Valley Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Brogo River System ​March 2017 ​Lifted
​Jubullum Jubullum boil water notice ​November 2016 ​Lifted
Gwydir Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Gravesend ​November 2016 ​Lifted
​Moree Plains Shire Council Boil water notice for Toomelah ​November 2016 ​Lifted
Tamworth Regional Council​

Hunter New England Health FAQs-Uranium in drinking water

Uranium Expert Panel Minutes

​October 2016 ​Historic
​Dubbo Regional Council Boil water notice for north Dubbo ​November 2016 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Walgett filtered supply ​August 2016 ​Lifted
Bega Valley Shire Council​ Boil water notice for Brogo River System ​June 2016 ​Lifted
​Bega Valley Shire Council Boil water notice for Brogo River System ​January 2016 ​Lifted
​MidCoast Water Gloucester chlorine overdose ​March 2015 ​Lifted
​Essential Water South Broken Hill boil water alert ​January 2015 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Boil water alert ​January 2015 ​Lifted
Cowra Shire Council​ ​Boil water alert ​November 2014 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ Boil and conserve water alert ​April 2014 ​Lifted
Sydney Water​​​ Campbelltown, Narellan, Prestons, Macarthur and Camden areas conserve water notice ​March 2014 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Boil water alert ​March 2014 ​Lifted
Upper Hunter Shire ​​ Murrurundi do not drink notice ​February 2014 ​Lifted
​Oberon Shire Council Oberon boil water alert ​February 2014 ​Lifted
​Central Darling Shire Council Wilcannia boil water alert ​February 2014 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Jenolan Caves and Binda Cabins boil water alert ​February 2014 ​Lifted
​City of Lithgow Wallerarang boil water alert ​December 2013 ​Lifted
Snowy River Shire Council​ ​Jindabyne fluoride dosing incident ​December 2013 ​Lifted
Walgett Shire Council​ ​Gingie boil water alert ​October 2013 ​Lifted
​Jenolan Caves Trust ​Jenolan Caves and Binda Cabins boil water alert ​July 2013 ​Lifted
​Bathurst Regional Council Boil water alert ​June 2013 ​Lifted
Clarence Valley Council ​ ​Lower Clarence boil water alert ​May 2013 ​Lifted
​Brewarrina Shire Council ​Goodooga boil water alert ​April 2013 ​Lifted
​​Mallabaugilmah ​Mallabaugilmah boil water alert ​March 2013 ​Lifted
Clarence Valley Council​​ ​Minnie Waters boil water alert ​February and March 2013 ​Lifted
Clarence Valley Council​ ​Ashby boil water alert ​February 2013 ​Lifted
Jubullum ​Boil water alert for Jubullum ​January 2013 ​Lifted
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Current as at: Monday 9 November 2020
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