FEARS the city’s latest outbreak of gastro could be spreading through the water supply have been strongly refuted by council’s water expert.
Councillor Bill Lancaster said at Tuesday’s council meeting many people had approached him querying whether Griffith’s water supply was contaminated with E. coli, after a gastro outbreak has struck many families across the city.
But council utilities director David Tull said the water supply was tested regularly both by council and the NSW Department of Health, and no tests had produced a positive reading for harmful bacteria.
Mr Tull said there was no doubt about the safety of the water supply.
“The water supply is not contaminated,” Mr Tull said.
“I can clearly say that because of testing we carry out on a daily basis.”
Mr Tull said the health department carried out about 12 tests each month and the results were displayed on the department’s web site. The results are also replicated on council’s website.
Council conducts 15 to 20 bacterial tests every week and between 45 and 50 residual chlorine tests.
“There has not been a single positive test for E.coli or coliform,” Mr Tull said.
“Our tests can detect one bacterial cell in 100 millilitres of water.”
Reports of a gastro outbreak began filtering in earlier this month, with the highly contagious virus quickly spreading through families across Griffith.
Residents are reminded to be vigilant with personal hygiene and always thoroughly wash their hands before handling or eating food, and after using the bathroom.