Sydney is the most densely populated city in Australia with an estimated 4.6 million people. Sydney is very popular for its famous harbours such as the Darling Harbour and of course the great Sydney Harbour, home to the Opera House.
The city is built on water and the population’s lifestyle is heavily influenced by it, so it is no wonder we care for our water as much as we do.
Sydney's Drinking Water
With over four million people depending on clean water, Sydney Water manages its water supply through constantly monitoring harmful environmental pollutants in the water. They are constantly reviewing, altering and improving processes to ensure safe drinking water.
Who controls the water?
Sydney Water, a state owned corporation, operates in the 12,700-km 2 area covering Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountain Region, controlling the water of the population
Did you know that Sydney’s water network spreads over 21,000 km of pipes in 251 reservoirs and 164 pumping stations? 80% of the supply comes from dams and the rest passes through the filtration system to a Desalination plant, which turns seawater into freshwater.
Diagram taken from http://victoriasdesalinationplant.blogspot.com.au/
What Lurks in Sydney's Tap Water
Before it reaches the tap, Sydney’s water passes through a rigid treatment plant that help reduce significant amounts of water borne organisms. The water passes through filtration and disinfectants are added to make the water clean and safe. However, even these chemicals contain harmful by products that may put your health at risk.
Chlorine is the major disinfectant added to drinking water because it eliminates disease-causing bacteria.
WARNING! Chlorine however, can react to certain organic matters present in water and become hazardous to one’s health. Increased concentrations may result in certain cancers and digestive disorders.
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Ozone is usually a disinfectant used in the main treatment plants and is used to remove the taste, odour and colour of drinking water.
WARNING! Ozone in itself does not increase health risks in drinking water, it’s by products formaldehyde and acetaldehyde does. Both can be fatal if you consume large amounts, especially if you have a weak immune systems.
Fluoride does not naturally occur in water, it is added to our supplies to help strengthen our teeth. WARNING! Studies have shown that excess amounts of fluoride in drinking water may trigger dental fluorosis, or just consuming too much of it can lead to the disease.
MORE> Should You Be Worried About Fluoride In Your Drinking Water?
Copper in small amounts, promoted health and can be found in our drinking.
WARNING! Excess copper can contaminate our drinking water post treatment in the plant and if large amounts is consumed it can cause nausea, headaches, gastric discomfort and at extreme levels liver damage.
MORE> Health Risk of Copper In Drinking Water
Is there something you can do?
Now I know after reading this, you may have hesitations about the safety of your drinking water. Water from your taps isn't highly dangerous but it carries risks.
While treatment processes over public drinking water is out of your control you can take steps to improve what comes out from your taps.
A simple solution is to get a water filtering system for your household.
Water filters rely on simple yet effective technologies to remove contaminants. Although there are several water filters out there, you are sure to find one that suits your need. Ask professionals regarding what water filters you would need and make sure they are certified.
Check out our own products at My Water Filter for a list of water filter technologies that are routinely tested and passed health safety standards. We are certain we can find one for you and can even deliver it directly to your door, free of charge!