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Bushfires and water quality

Bushfires generate large amounts of ash and debris which have the potential to contaminate rainwater supplies. Although the presence of ash and debris in rainwater does not represent a health risk, it could affect colour, turbidity and taste.

The SA Health Water Quality team is available to answer questions during business hours on (08) 8226 7100.

Find out more about water quality after a fire:

SA Health information on bushfires and water quality

Guidance on use of rainwater tanks

SA Health information on rainwater

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