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Bushfires and rainwater quality
Bushfires generate large amounts of ash and debris which have the potential to contaminate water.
Although ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk, it could affect the colour, the clarity and the taste of the water. The SA Health Water Quality team is available to answer questions during business hours.
Phone 8226 7100
More about rainwater quality after a fire:
Dams and waterways
Ash from burnt permapine (CCA timber, treated with copper, chromium and arsenic), is hazardous to livestock if significant amounts get into your dam or waterways.
Free water quality testing is available for people who have concerns a significant amount of this ash is impacting the water quality of their dams or waterways.
Testing water (Cudlee Creek)
There is a very low risk of water contamination from burnt permapine posts, however, the Department for Environment and Water will fund testing by the Australian Water Quality Centre and have the results interpreted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). It’s expected to take about 7 to 10 days for landholders to receive their results from the EPA (an email address will be requested when a sample is dropped off).
Sample bottles can be collected, and dropped off, at the Lobethal Recovery Centre and the Natural Resources Centres of Mount Barker, Woodside and Eastwood.
If you use your own bottle to collect water:
- use a bottle that is clean and free of any contamination
- avoid getting mud/debris in the bottle
- provide only one sample per dam or waterbody.
Details on how to collect a water sample from your dam or waterway, and strategies on how to improve your water quality, are available in this EPA fact sheet.
Blue-green and other algal outbreaks
Aeration is the recommended method to manage algae.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA) has some simple control methods for algae.
If you would like to speak to someone about the quality of water in your dam or waterways, please contact Natural Resources staff.
- Black Hill - phone 8336 0901
- Mount Barker - phone 8391 7500
- Kingscote - phone 8553 4444
- Clare - phone 8841 3400