Households note that their water tastes like ‘dirt’, but Sydney Water says it is still fine to drink

Why your water tastes like ‘fresh dirt and grass clippings’ but is still fine to drink

  • News on the subject emerged after Sydney residents took to social media
  • Many reported to Sydney Water that the water they had at home tasted like ‘dirt’
  • Sydney Water confirmed they received ‘numerous reports’ of the sudden change
  • The organization says it is due to a change in climate near the Warragamba dam
  • They are working with water quality technicians, but it could take many weeks.


Outrage has raged across Sydney after many residents noted that the water smells of ‘fresh grass clippings and dirt’.

Residents across the city took to social media since Wednesday to report concerns that their water had been affected.

One person wrote: ‘I love the new dirty, earthy and moldy water that Sydney Water is giving Parramatta in recent days. I love nothing more than showering with water that stinks of mold. ‘

There has been a sudden change in the taste and smell of water in Sydney homes, with many residents claiming it tastes like 'dirt' (file image)

There has been a sudden change in the taste and smell of water in Sydney homes, with many residents claiming it tastes like ‘dirt’ (file image)

‘As of yesterday, my neighbor and I noticed that the tap water from @SydneyWaterNews suddenly tastes bad. It tastes a bit earthy. Does anyone else in #Marrickville have this problem? ‘wrote another.

While a third asked: ‘Does someone else’s #sydneywater taste a bit … earthier than usual this past 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 has been caused by a change in climate near the Warragamba dam that has affected our supply from that area,” they wrote.

Sydney Water confirmed that they had received ¿numerous reports¿ of the unexpected change, which has been caused by a change in weather near the Warragamba Dam (pictured)

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

‘Please be assured that all of our water is treated to a very high standard before it enters the drinking water supply and our water quality technicians have found no impact on the health of the water supply due to this event.’

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

Currently, the organization is notifying the water quality technicians of all properties affected by the problem to help manage the situation.

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

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sydney Water for further comment.

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

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

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