How does Busselton Water prevent dangerous bacteria, viruses and other microbiological pathogens from being in our water?
To prevent pathogens from entering the drinking water network, Busselton Water applies a water quality management system with multiple barriers from the catchment to our customers’ taps. The first barrier is the controls used to protect the groundwater aquifer; the second is the treatment of raw water; and the third is disinfection using chlorine to kill pathogenic microorganisms that may still be present. Chlorination of water is safe and effective, and is used in all major Australian water supplies including Perth. It is used in line with the recommendations of the world’s foremost health authorities, including the National Health and Medical Research Council and the World Health Organisation. The level of chlorine is chosen to ensure this disinfecting barrier travels the full extent of the pipe network to each customer’s property.