Water Quality

Goulburn-Murray Water’s statutory functions are to manage the major headworks, irrigation supply and drainage systems, surface water diversions and groundwater in its region. Goulburn Murray Water does not guarantee the quality of water and it is not suitable for drinking without first being properly treated.

Goulburn-Murray Water is responsible for the management of blue-green algae in its storages and irrigation areas. Goulburn-Murray Water undertakes regular basic water quality monitoring within its storages and supply systems.

Within Goulburn-Murray Water’s area of operation the quality of the water can vary significantly both between locations and over time. Goulburn-Murray Water works in partnership with landholders and other catchment partners to manage ongoing and emerging water quality issues.  Catchment partners include Catchment Management Authorities (North East, Goulburn Broken and North Central), Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, Department of Economic, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Parks Victoria and local government.

Under the Safe Drinking Water Act 2003 Goulburn-Murray Water is responsible for managing risks to water quality from the catchment to an urban water corporations' town offtake.