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Has someone told you that their Brisbane tap water tastes like dirt? Or that it tastes rusty? Earthy? Metallic? Have you noticed for yourself that Brisbane drinking water isn’t what it used to be? Is it because of all the recent rain and flooding? Should you be worried? That’s an awful lot of questions, so we’re proud to be able to bring you a few of the answers – and hopefully, some that at least begin to reassure you.

First up, no – you’re not nuts. You’re not imagining things. And no matter where you are in Brisbane or elsewhere in our beautiful state of Queensland, plenty of people have been noticing it. Those people even include Seqwater, the government-run statutory water treatment and supply authority, who admitted early this year that residents have been noticing a change in the “taste and smell” of the Brisbane water supplied to their homes which they say is “temporary”.

Seqwater confirms that it’s about the recent torrential rain and flooding, and resulting changes in “naturally occurring” organic compounds that have no material impact on Brisbane’s drinking water quality or safety. So even if you’ve noticed the change yourself, rest assured that Seqwater is still closely monitoring and testing the Brisbane water quality so that it meets the strict requirements of Australia’s drinking water guidelines.

Q&A: Is Brisbane water safe to drink today?

Let’s answer a few more common questions about the drinking water Brisbane residents just like you hydrate and cook with every single day of your lives:

Q: Where does it come from?

A: It may all come out of your taps, but the original sources are many, including rivers, desalination plants, dams, barrages, bores, weirs and more.

Q: So how do I know Brisbane tap water is safe?

A: The Queensland government, and Australia’s federal authorities, lay out strict guidelines not just for the safety of Brisbane tap water, but also its aesthetic values. One such guideline is that you will face no “significant risk” to your health even if you drink Brisbane tap water forever.

Q: So why is Brisbane drinking water dirty?

A: While we all want clear, crisp water, it’s just a fact that iron and manganese can make your tap water look dirty. And if it smells or tastes a bit off, that could be because of:

  • Chlorine
  • Bacteria
  • Parasites.

It could also be because of your own plumbing pipes, but in just about all cases dirty tap water is still not harmful because it’s run through a strict coagulation and filtration process at the treatment plant.

Water Filter Installation For Brisbane Tap Water Quality

Feeling reassured? While we do hope so, there’s nothing stopping you from adding in a further protective measure for your family’s Brisbane drinking water by considering getting a reverse osmosis water filter installed by a licensed plumber.

While there are other filters out there, only the innovative reverse osmosis process guarantees that 98% of fully-dissolved contaminants, chemicals, minerals and organic nasties are gone from the water that touches your lips. Say goodbye to:

  • Fluoride
  • Lead
  • Chromium
  • Selenium
  • Radium
  • TDS
  • Nitrates
  • Arsenic
  • Copper
  • Barium
  • Herbicides
  • Pesticides
  • Sediment.

Interested in finding out how quickly and affordably you can get a reverse osmosis water filtration system plumbed in at your place? Get in touch with the friendly local plumbers at Brisbane Plumbing & Drainage, because the quality of Brisbane drinking water shouldn’t be something you ever need to worry about.