Residents of a small town in southern New South Wales say they have been kept in the dark about pollution in their water supply.
Around 140 properties at Delegate, on the NSW border with Victoria, draw their water from the Delegate River.
But a report late last year from NSW Health found the water from the Delegate River is too polluted to drink.
Resident John Wilkshire says the community has been worried about the water quality for years, but they have never been told to take precautions.
"We have never been directed to boil it by the council, so we are all thinking here that we have a safe water supply, but it appears that's not the case," he said.
"People are suffering from health problems, including quite a number of children."
Last year's NSW Health draft report was provided to the Bombala Shire Council, which is holding a meeting in Delegate this afternoon.
The council's general manager, Don Cottee, admits the town's water has been a problem
"The water is not safe to drink and that's what we want to discuss with the community," Mr Cottee said.
Mr Cottee says daily testing has been conducted since the council was notified of the problems and steps are being take to improve the water quality.
"They haven't had a safe supply of water. It's being looked at now," he said
"The only form of treatment is the application of chlorine.
"The system is tested for residual chlorine at the extremities."
But Mr Cottee says while the chlorine reduces the risk, it does not remove all of the dangers.
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