Olinda residents without clean water for six months after devastating storms took out pipes

Some Victorian households are nonetheless struggling without a vital water provide almost six months after devastating storms.

The extreme climate hit the Olinda space within the Dandenong Ranges in June and took out pipes connecting households to the Silvan Dam.

“The water that we drink is definitely brown, so we’re ingesting rusty water,” resident Aaron Mitchell mentioned.

“They actually need full alternative”.

Some Victorian families are still without a crucial water supply nearly six months after devastating storms.
Some Victorian households are nonetheless without a vital water provide almost six months after devastating storms. Credit score: 7NEWS

The households at the moment are in a bitter struggle with authorities over who ought to foot the harm invoice, with the restore invoice for the pipes anticipated to be round $250,000.

In the event that they should be changed, it’ll price greater than $1 million.

Residents have been instructed it’s as much as them to seek out the cash.

The families are now in a bitter fight with authorities over who should foot the damage bill as the pipes will cost $250,000 to fix.
The households at the moment are in a bitter struggle with authorities over who ought to foot the harm invoice because the pipes will price $250,000 to repair. Credit score: 7NEWS

“We offer water by way of our water mains and these are literally non-public pipes,” Pat McCafferty from Yarra Valley Water mentioned.

Whereas native authorities say it’s not their duty to repair the pipes, they’ve been serving to out by putting in rainwater tanks.

Native companies have been relying from water from their dams and concern in the event that they don’t get sufficient rain within the subsequent few weeks their corporations might not survive.

Storms devastated the area in June.
Storms devastated the realm in June. Credit score: 7NEWS

“We’re in a first-world nation supposedly and right here we’re without water,” resident Jason Dekker mentioned.

Residents at the moment are turning up the stress on the state authorities for extra catastrophe restoration funding.

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