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Disinfection of Busselton's Water Supply       

Safe water for a growing city

Busselton has changed so much since the Busselton Water Board was established way back in 1906.

We’re now supplying water for a city with more than 11,000 homes and businesses.

As a town occupying a narrow strip along the coastline, Busselton’s water delivery was relatively simple. The pipelines to homes were short – and water was used quickly after treatment.

In 21st Century Busselton, our pipelines stretch over 300 kilometres to service new suburbs. Water can remain in our pipelines for hours or days before it is used in 11,000 homes and business.

It’s in the pipeline system that our water is exposed to the risk of contamination with bacteria, viruses and protozoa – no matter how clean it is when it’s extracted from the aquifers.

In line with guidelines set by the Department of Health and National Medical Research and Health Council, Busselton’s water supply is treated with chlorine to protect against contamination.

Chlorine is the most commonly used form of drinking disinfection in the Western world. It has been used for more than 100 years and is protecting all major Australian water supplies, including Perth. Bunbury’s water, also drawn from the Yarragadee aquifer, has been treated with chlorine for decades – as has the Dunsborough supply.

Busselton’s water contains less than one part chlorine for a million parts water – a fraction of the maximum safe limits set by health authorities.

The chlorination of Busselton’s water supply is strongly supported by the Department of Health, which monitors public water safety in WA.

Our water is the same high quality, but it’s now safer to meet the needs of a growing city.

For further information:

Minister for Health: Public statement on chlorination of Busselton water supply

Chlorine: Frequently Asked Questions

Department of Health Chlorinated Drinking Water Information Sheet