Mortified couple are told they’ve been drinking and showering in recycled water for nearly a DECADE after incredible pipe connection blunder
- A couple has discovered they were drinking recycled waste water for eight years
- Authorities do not consider the water to be health risk but the pair are not happy
- In a stern letter to SA Water the couple said they are keeping their options open
A couple discovered they had been drinking and showering in recycled water for almost a decade after their plumber made the shocking discovery their pipes were incorrectly connected.
The property in Mawson Lakes, Adelaide, was worked on by an independent contractor in November 2010 who made the startling error that was only discovered in December 2018, when the couple lost access to their water supply.
SA Water inspected the pipes and realised the couple had been misdirected water from the Bolivar wastewater treatment plant directly to their drinking taps, according to The Advertiser.
The recycled water was intended to be used for flushing toilets.
The couples home was built in November 2010 when an independent contractor made the startling error that was only discovered in 2018 when the couple lost access to their water supply
The bungle recently came to light after the state opposition, the Labor Party, requested documents on the matter under the Freedom of Information Act.
It also noted that SA Water did not carry out a plumbing audit three months after the house was connected as ‘SA Water was not required to undertake source water testing’ – a policy it was since changed.
SA Water chief executive Roch Cheroux told the Water Minister the mistake was most likely an accident and the problem was exclusive to the one house.
‘(The Health Department) does not currently consider the results to constitute a health risk due to actions taken to appropriately mitigate the misconnection, including confirmation that the issue was isolated to this single property, did not impact the larger drinking water distribution network and the remedial work undertaken,’ it said.
The Health Department does not believe there are any health risks but an opposition MP has said SA Water should offer a free water system audit to everyone in Mawson Lakes (pictured)
The couple emailed SA Water and said they drank the water only sparingly due to its foul taste.
But the couple noted they ‘reserve the right to exercise any and all options available to us, considering the seriousness of the issue’.
Opposition minister, MP Michael Brown, said SA Water should offer everyone in the suburb an audit of their water supply system.
‘The only way that we can be sure other properties do not have the same problem is to check them,’ he said.