Laud­erdale wa­ter woe a mys­tery

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

TASWATER is still try­ing to get the bot­tom of what went wrong with Laud­erdale’s wa­ter. TasWater is­sued a boil

wa­ter alert last month for cus­tomers in Laud­erdale, Roches Beach, Ac­ton Park and Seven Mile Beach af­ter E. coli was de­tected, be­fore tests showed the wa­ter was all clear.

Fol­low­ing fur­ther test­ing, TasWater system per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity depart­ment man­ager Fran Smith said the wa­ter sam­ple re­turned a re­sult which, although it did not con­firm E.coli, it did iden­tify an environmen­tal or­gan­ism.

“Some of its prop­er­ties are sim­i­lar to E.coli but not nec­es­sar­ily an in­di­ca­tor of fae­cal con­tam­i­na­tion,” Ms Smith said.

“As a means of track­ing down the source of the or­gan­ism, we will try to repli­cate the con­di­tions at the Laud­erdale reser­voir in an at­tempt to achieve a sim­i­lar re­sult.”

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