Fri. May 20th, 2022

Why does your water taste like ‘fresh lawn and dirt’ – but it’s still fine to drink

  • News of the issue surfaced after Sydney residents took to social media
  • Many reported to Sydney Water that their household water tasted like ‘dirt’
  • Sydney Water confirmed that they had received “many reports” of the sudden change
  • The organization says it is due to a change of weather near Warragamba Dam
  • They work with water quality technicians, but it can take many weeks


Outrage has erupted across Sydney after many residents noticed their water smelling like ‘fresh lawn and dirt’.

Residents across the city took to social media from Wednesday to report their concerns that their water was affected.

One person wrote: ‘To love the new dirty, grounded moldy water Sydney Water has given to Parramatta the last few days. I love nothing more than bathing in water that stinks like mold. ‘

There has been a sudden change in the taste and smell of water across households in Sydney, with many residents claiming it tastes like 'dirt' (stock photo)

There has been a sudden change in the taste and smell of water across households in Sydney, with many residents claiming it tastes like ‘dirt’ (stock photo)

‘Yesterday my neighbor and I noticed that our water from @SydneyWaterNews suddenly tastes bad. It tastes a bit of dirt. Are there others in #Marrickville who have this problem? ‘wrote another.

While a third asked, ‘Does someone else’s #sydneywater taste a little … down to earth than usual the last day?’

Sydney Water confirmed to concerned residents on social media that they had received ‘numerous reports’ of the unexpected change in the taste of their water supply.

‘This is caused by a change in weather near Warragamba Dam which has affected our supply from this area,’ they wrote.

Sydney Water confirmed they had received

Sydney Water confirmed they had received ‘numerous reports’ of the unexpected change caused by a change of weather near Warragamba Dam (pictured)

‘Make sure all our water is treated to a very high standard before it enters the drinking water supply and our water quality technicians have not found any health consequences for the water supply due to this event.’

Sydney Water added that the only difference residents would notice is the change in water taste.

The organization is currently notifying water quality technicians of all properties affected by the problem to help deal with the situation.

However, the problem can continue for several weeks depending on the mixture of the water sources that supply the water filtration plant.

The Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sydney Water for further comments.

The organization is currently notifying water quality technicians of all affected properties, but the problem may continue for several weeks (stock photo)

The organization is currently notifying water quality technicians of all affected properties, but the problem may continue for several weeks (stock photo)

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