KORUMBURRA’S water quality woes are a step closer to being fixed, with South Gippsland Water having started cleaning the town’s pipes.
The authority has brought forward its winter pipe cleaning program after the summer months were plagued with instances of discoloured water throughout Korumburra, Poowong, Loch, Nyora and Leongatha.
Crews began air scouring the pipes in Korumburra’s industrial area on Sunday and will move through the town area by area to clean deposits of the naturally-occurring mineral manganese, which is causing the discolouration.
South Gippsland Water’s marketing and community relations coordinator Amy Van Kuyk said people living in the areas next scheduled for air scouring would have been notified of planned interruptions to their water supply.
“The air scouring program in Korumburra could take up to eight weeks,” she said.
Mrs Van Kuyk, who was speaking at a drop-in information session for residents on Friday, said the water authority had been contacted by almost 50 people complaining about water quality issues since November.
She said some of the reasons for the higher levels of manganese were the hot weather and the construction of new roads and pipelines.
“On Australia Day in particular, it was a hot day and a lot of water was used, so that’s when we saw a bit of discolouration in the water,” she said.
Manganese-affected water is safe to drink and bathe in, but South Gippsland Water is encouraging anyone with any questions or concerns to contact its 24-hour phone line on 1300 851 636.