Stormwater run off has discoloured Casinos water supply so much that Richmond Valley Council has resorted to giving away citric acid powder to help get the stains out of the towns laundry.
While house-proud people might be browned off about their grungy-coloured washing, they can rest assured the water is safe to drink.
According to Councils director of works, Gary Murphy, the water has been coloured by the naturally occurring element manganese, which has been flushed into the weir by recent rains.
Modifications are being made to the Casino Water Treatment Plant to improve the manganese removal, he said. The water produced from the plant has continued to be maintained within the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and no public health risk exists.
Council is still trying to find the source of the manganese.
Meanwhile, the townsfolk have been advised to use a cold water wash, avoid bleaching agents and not to use the spin cycle on their washing machines.
Council has made arrangements to provide free of charge, citric acid powder which can be added to the final rinse of washing machines to dissolve the manganese and prevent any staining of washing. This supply is being made in 300 gram units (enough for three average washes) from the Casino Mitre 10 store in Walker Street, where details of the safe use of citric acid are available.
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