Residents suddenly left without water to drink, cook or shower in for DAYS after a contamination scare
- Residents in inner-city Melbourne left high and dry after contamination scare
- Crews noticed ‘discoloured’ water while inspecting burst water pipe on Tuesday
- Tenants have been offered bottled water and accommodation in a hotel nearby
Dozens of homeowners have been left unable to drink, cook or shower for days over fears chemicals have contaminated their water supply.
Residents on Langs Road in the Melbourne inner-city suburb of Ascot Vale were issued a ‘do not use’ notice over fears ‘discoloured’ water inside a burst pipe was compromised.
Utility company Great Western Water made the call to turn off the supply after a truck pumping water out of the pipe may have accidentally pumped some back in.
‘Following consultation with the Department of Health, we advise that customers do not use tap water in the following location: Langs Road from Epsom Road to Chauvel Street, Ascot Vale,’ the provider told customers on Tuesday.
‘As a precaution, we’ve shut off water to the affected area.’
Langs Road resident Joshua Marmara (pictured) said he would have appreciated some notice before he was left high and dry for the foreseeable future
Langs Road resident Joshua Marmara told 7News he would have appreciated some notice before he was left high and dry for the foreseeable future.
‘It’d be really nice if they told us from the outset, you know just an email, even a call, doesn’t matter if it’s early in the morning, just something to communicate,’ he said.
The Ascot Vale Leisure Centre and Ascot Vale West Primary School have been affected by the stoppage with bottled water provided to students and residents.
Free accommodation in a hotel 10 minutes away has been extended to those affected as field crews run tests on the water source.
Greater Western Water’s Maree Lang apologised for the disruption and urged tenants to avoid using the tap water for drinking, cooking, washing, brushing their teeth or showering.
On Thursday, Greater Western Water said water remained off for affected properties (pictured, crews at the scene on Thursday)
‘Chemical residues from inside a water tanker may have impacted our water network with potentially unsafe water entering the drinking water system and customers taps,’ a statement said on their website.
‘Customers are advised to purchase bottled water from their local supermarket if unable to collect water from us. If you are feeling unwell, please contact your GP and advise your GP about this advisory.’
On Thursday, Greater Western Water said water remained off for affected properties and estimated the issue would be resolved by midday the same day.
‘Today, we’re flushing water mains to clean the pipes and continuing to test the water to ensure it’s safe for use before we can turn the water back on,’ the provider tweeted just after 11am.