Residents in Melbourne's north-west hoping to get their recommended eight glasses a day have been have been left gagging from "vile" and "almost undrinkable" tap water.
Sunbury resident Michelle Bracken said she first noticed a change in her tap water a few weeks ago, saying it had developed a strong metallic taste.
“We used to be connected to the Rosslynne Reservoir but they switched us to Melbourne Water during the drought,” she said.
“At some point they have switched us back to Rosslynne and now the taste is just vile.
“A few weeks ago we noticed the taste was off, and then I saw on Facebook that other people in the area had noticed it too, so I know I wasn't just being silly.”
Other Sunbury residents have taken to social media to complain about their water.
“The water has changed over in Sunbury, and frankly, tastes beyond terrible, and almost completely undrinkable,” one person posted on the Western Water Facebook page.
Another resident posted that their children would not drink the water and that “I gag doing so myself.”
Robert Franklin, general manager of Western Water’s sustainable water solutions, said the suburb switching back to Rosslynne Reservoir for the first time since 2000 had caused the change in taste.
“Water can taste and smell different depending on where it is sourced,” he said.“This return to Rosslynne water is a major part of our Water Plan for 2013-2018, which focuses on using local water supplies to limit price rises.”
Mr Franklin said all water was treated and monitored to meet safety and health guidelines.
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