DO you drink the tap water in Bombala? There are at least 125 people in the township who don’t, and most likely many, many more who feel the local water supply needs urgent attention.
Completely dissatisfied by the quality of the town’s tap water, Arthur and Dina Dracopoulos at the Cosmo Café are currently running a survey to find out just how many locals feel the same and want the Bombala Council to do something about it.
It all started when the Dracopoulos family decided to install an external filtration system in their home due to both the appearance and taste of the tap water.
Just eight weeks later the home had lost water pressure, and a plumber confirmed that the filtration system was heavily clogged with dirt.
On being told of the problem, Council acknowledged that an unannounced “back-flush” of the town mains had led to the increase in debris in the filters.
It indicated that in future the community would be made aware of any flushing so filters could be removed in time to avoid this occurring.
The Dracopoulos’s, however, were disappointed by Council’s response to the matter, and the apparent lack of interest in improving the water supply so that locals do not need water filtration systems in their homes at all.
They were particularly angered when they took the dirty filters and water to Council for the General Manager to inspect, but were turned away as they had not made an appointment.
Now they have decided to find out just how many locals are unhappy with the town water, with their current survey asking people if they feel the supply has issues that Council needs to rectify.
The response has been overwhelming so far, with 125 people having indicated that they agree there is a problem, and more locals signing up every day.
Comments on the water have included words like “putrid”, “revolting” and plain old “yuck”, while another participant wrote that our taps provide “chlorine swimming pool one day, swamp water the next!”.
The Dracopoulos’s plan on presenting the Council with their survey in the next few weeks to illustrate just how passionately parts of the community feel about their water quality.
“We want to make Council aware that this is how the community feels about the water coming out of our taps,” Arthur said.
“Water is a basic human need, and we want to know what the Council is going to do about improving it.
“They need to communicate with the residents and let us know what can be done, or at least if this is the best they can do with it.
“Perhaps they should be working with experts to ensure we are getting the best water quality possible for Bombala.”
The survey on Bombala’s water supply is available at the Cosmo Cafe for those who wish to agree or disagree that there is an issue surrounding our town’s water.