Level four water restrictions were completely lifted in Brogo-Bermagui yesterday (25 February) after the emergency measure was implemented a fortnight ago.
The restrictions were put in place when heavy rainfall contaminated the water supply after the Brogo River and Brogo Dam catchment had been heavily burnt from the fires.
The water flowing into the dam contained high levels of sediment, ash, soot and debris, according to Bega Valley Shire Council’s Water and Sewer Manager Chris Best.
The Brogo Dam went from 10 per cent capacity to overflowing in a single day, and washed-up debris caused the water quality level to soar to 100 times above critical levels.
The water quality is now at an acceptable level, Mr Best said.
Due to the poor water quality, water was being carted in from Bega and water purification and desalination systems had been set up by the Army.
“Although this is still not our normal operating situation the need for water restrictions is no longer there right now – and no boil water notice is required either,” Mr Best said.
“The water fill stations at Quaama and Bermagui will also be available again for use.”
However, the community is being urged to stay alert and informed as heavy rainfall in the catchment could result in further water quality concerns due to debris.
“We acknowledge the difficulty this situation has created for many people and businesses and we are very appreciative of your understanding and cooperation during what has been a difficult and challenging time,” Mr Best said.
Australian Defence Force water treatment will stay in place treating water for Brogo-Bermagui customers for another two weeks.
For more information on water across our Shire, visit www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au/water.