Water from the ocean, lakes and rivers can be safely and responsibly used, according to the Australian government.

It comes after an increasing number of Australians have reported problems with their drinking water due to the water being contaminated by microorganisms.

More than half of Australians aged under 35 have reported a problem with their water, and almost half of those with chronic kidney disease have experienced some symptoms.

As well as being harmful to the health of humans, the water can also cause severe illnesses such as dehydration, kidney damage and skin rashes.

Australian health experts say it’s important for people to ensure they understand their own personal water safety.

“The government has made a commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians and our marine environment by ensuring our drinking water is safe to drink,” a spokesperson for the Australian Health and Medical Research Council told TechRadars.

What’s a ‘microbial’ in drinking water?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, microorganisms are organisms that can grow in a body of water and be transferred to humans via drinking water.

These bacteria are often harmless but can cause problems, particularly if ingested.

One type of microorganism that is commonly found in the ocean is called Bacteroidetes, which are generally considered to be harmless.

Other types of microorganisms include Escherichia coli, Clostridium perfringens and Enterobacteriaceae.

The Australian Health Department has put out a list of harmful microorganisms to avoid when drinking water to avoid gastrointestinal illness.

There are also guidelines to reduce the number of organisms in your drinking water as well as water quality.

People can also contact the local authorities to check on the level of bacteria in their water.

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