Water & pets

Water & pets

Pets must have a constant supply of clean drinking water. Below are some tips for managing the water you give to your pets.

  • Dogs and cats: Make sure your dogs and cats have access to a large bowl of clean water, one with a heavy base so it can't be knocked over. In summer, try to keep the bowl in the shade to keep the water cool. Keep their water bowl clean. It can grow mould and turn into a mosquito breeding ground if the water is not changed often.
  • Birds: Birds love to splash in water. Bowls in aviaries can become soiled rapidly. Try to replace the water in aviaries daily, and keep in a partially sealed feeder.
  • Guinea pigs and rabbits: Consider giving guinea pigs and rabbits a drip-feed water bottle. That way the water will stay clean.
  • Aquarium pets: Our water treatment process uses chemicals. Some of these can be harmful to aquarium animals. Chloramination is a process used to treat drinking water. It uses a combination of chlorine and ammonia. This is toxic to fish at low levels. It should be removed before being used in aquariums or ponds. Visit this page to see if your suburb uses chloramination.

We will place advice in local media if chloramination is to take place. You need to take steps to remove chloramines from any water used to replenish aquariums. We recommend you contact your pet supplier for further information about how to do this.

Where can I get more advice?

Contact your local vet, the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League. All three will be able to provide expert advice.


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  • Major faults

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  • Goolwa
  • 19/10/2017
  • Water Quality
  • SA Water customers in Goolwa and surrounding areas, including Goolwa Beach, Goolwa South, Goolwa North and Hindmarsh Island may currently be experiencing discoloured or milky water coming out of their taps.

    This water remains safe to drink.

    During recent planned maintenance in the area, some existing sediment in the local water supply network has been stirred up, resulting in the discoloured water.

    We are working hard to resolve the issue, and we are flushing out the discoloured water. Given the size of the water network in the area, this may take some time. At this stage, we are hoping water supply will return to normal by Friday afternoon.

    We will continue to monitor the situation, and provide updates on our website and Facebook page.

    For further information or any questions, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.

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  • Glynburn Rd
  • Glynde
  • 23/10/2017
  • Supply Interruption
  • Estimated start time (water off): 23/10/2017 09:00 AM
    Estimated restore time (water back on): 23/10/2017 04:00 PM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Glynde. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.


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