The Department of Health and Human Services has advised that 166 of the 167 City-owned public drinking fountains are safe for reopening.
The sole drinking fountain to be closed is located at Aldershot Reserve in St Albans Park, which showed levels of potential concern to health if large amounts of water were regularly consumed.
The department advised that people do not need to be concerned if they have consumed water from the City’s fountains, as drinking water fountains are not a primary source of drinking water.
The remaining fountains will be recommissioned over a two week period. This will involve a process of reconnecting water supply and flushing each fountain for a period of five minutes.
The City has continued to take a conservative and precautionary approach to the reopening of the drinking fountains, ensuring public safety has been protected at all time.
It’s important to note that water supplied by Barwon Water is completely safe to drink. This is not an issue related to the quality of water supplied by Barwon Water but with the public drinking fountain infrastructure.
The DHHS has released a Community Update confirming that the majority of our drinking fountains do not present any health concern.
The DHHS assessment took a precautionary approach to ensure that sensitive populations, such as infants and children, were protected. It also included a scenario that over-estimated the consumption of fountain water so that a worst-case exposure to lead could be assessed.
The advice also suggests it is generally good practice to flush public drinking water fountains for about 30 seconds before drinking to draw fresh water to the outlet.
Community members should not worry if they have consumed water from the affected fountains, as the exposure scenario was based on conservative high frequency and high volume water use.
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For information about the health impacts of lead, refer to Better Health Channel
For information about Greater Geelong’s water quality, contact Barwon Water on 1300 656 007.
If you have concerns about your health, or the health of your family, we encourage you to visit your doctor to discuss this further.