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Water Safety

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Aquatic Facilities

The Town of Claremont Health Services undertakes monthly sampling of all public aquatic facilities for chlorine and pH levels as well as taking bacterial and amoebic samples for external analysis to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice for the Design, Construction, Operation, Management and Maintenance of Aquatic Facilities.  Further information is available at the following - Aquatic Facilities.

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Rainwater is safe to drink provided it is carefully collected and adequately stored. It is common that rainwater supplies get contaminated with things such as animal droppings, chemical sprays and other debris. The Town of Claremont recommends that you monitor your rainwater supply and take all practicable measured to reduce this contamination.

Bore Water

It is not recommended by the Department of Health to drink bore water unless it is professionally treated or tested on a regular basis. The Town of Claremont recommends that all water is filtered and treated prior to use as well as regularly being sampled to determine if the bacterial levels indicate that it is safe for consumption. 

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River and Lake Water

River and Lake Water bodies are monitored on a regular basis by the Town of Claremont to ensure that bacterial and amoeba levels do not exceed the recommended limits. Algal growth and other factors can easily influence the safety of the water. 

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Greywater Reuse

Greywater includes all wastewater with exceptions of waste originating from the toilet. In recent years greywater reuse has enjoyed increasing popularity, however it needs to be done with some care so as to prevent pooling or possibly spreading of disease. The practice of using a pipe from a washing machine or similar has been banned by the State Government and greywater reuse needs to be done by an approved means.
An application needs to be submitted to the Town of Claremont so that it can be assessed for the expected volume, the location of any existing on-site effluent disposal systems, setbacks to buildings and boundaries as well as ensuring the irrigation area or trenches are large enough to handle the expected flow of greywater.  Further information is available at the Department of Health - Greywater Systems 

Please note that the State Government varies the application fee every July.

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