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  • Groundwater is found below the earth’s surface and includes water from bores, springs and wells.
  • Groundwater quality varies across Victoria; in some areas, groundwater is not suitable for use. 
  • Drinking untreated groundwater can lead to illness, including gastroenteritis. 
  • Do not use groundwater for drinking, cooking or personal hygiene (including cleaning teeth and bathing) without understanding and addressing the water-quality risks. 
  • If mains water is available, use it instead of groundwater. Mains water is reliable and treated to a level that is safe for human consumption.

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Reviewed on: 09-04-2019