As floods overwhelm water filtration systems, Sydney Water has urged residents of 34 flood-affected suburbs to reduce their water usage.
Sydney Water has urged people in flood-affected suburbs to use less water because filtration systems are already at capacity.
The notice is valid for residences and establishments in Caddens, Cambridge Gardens, Cambridge Park, Castlereagh, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Cranebrook, Dunheved, Emu Heights, Emu Plains, Erskine Park, Glenmore Park, Jamisontown, Jordan Springs, Kingswood, and Kingswood Park.
Along with these, it also encompasses Lemongrove, Leonay, Llandilo, Londonderry, Mt. Pleasant, North St. Mary’s, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, Penrith Quarry Hill, Regentville, Ropes Crossing, South Penrith, St. Clair, St. Marys, Werrington, Werrington County, and Werrington Downs.
“Large amounts of leaves, dirt and other debris have been swept into the raw water catchment by heavy rain and flooding, making it harder to supply the normal demand for drinking water. his has presented significant difficulties for our Orchard Hills water filtration facility, according to a Sydney Water statement. This has presented significant difficulties for our Orchard Hills water filtration facility, according to a Sydney Water statement.
As a result, we are requesting that people living in this catchment area use less water while our filtration systems are operating more diligently.
In order to ensure a steady supply, general manager of customer delivery Bernie Sheridan said, “We understand Warragamba Dam is full and spilling at record rates, so it seems strange to ask our customers to voluntarily conserve water.”
“I must emphasize that the drinking water is clean; it’s just that the system is producing water at a slower rate than usual. Due to extremely high silt and debris levels entering our system, all of our teams are working overtime, which ultimately slows down our ability to clean our water supply and provide clean drinking water to our customers. Additionally, residents are urged to practice water conservation techniques like taking shorter showers and refrain from non-essential water use like hosing down their driveways after floods.