It looks bad but tests show water is safe

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WITH con­cerns about the fu­ture of its hospi­tal, er­ratic tele­vi­sion re­cep­tion and now dirty water, Eidsvold is hav­ing a chal­leng­ing start to 2013.

For the past two weeks, the qual­ity of Eidsvold’s water (which was judged one of the state’s best last year) has been very poor.

Res­i­dent Noel Thompson was con­cerned about health is­sues.

“I un­der­stand the coun­cil is try­ing to clean up the Eidsvold water, but in the mean­time, can some­one in charge please let Eidsvold peo­ple know if it’s safe to drink and who tested it,” Mr Thompson said.

“The Eidsvold water is not safe to wash clothes with. Whites turn to green­ish brown.

“Water tested with a pool test kit showed it was un­safe to swim in.”

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil CEO Mark Pitt said the ini­tial re­sponse by the coun­cil to cus­tomer com­plaints was to flush mains in the ar­eas where com­plaints were re­ceived.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers car­ried out a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the raw water pump­ing sys­tem and the raw water qual­ity,” Mr Pitt said.

“It would ap­pear the raw water has high iron lev­els.

“(The) coun­cil has flushed the raw water main, re­sult­ing in a tem­po­rary im- prove­ment in water qual­ity.

“Treat­ment can re­quire high level of chlo­rine to con­cen­trate and re­move the iron.

“If iron is not suc­cess­fully re­moved in the fil­ter­ing process, time and con­tact with the air can re­sult in se­verely dis­coloured water, even though the water may look clean at the plant.”

Mr Pitt said the sand fil­ters at Eidsvold water treat­ment plant were due to be re­placed in the next few weeks, as part of the coun­cil’s cap­i­tal works pro­gram for 2012/13.

“Ev­ery op­por­tu­nity will be taken to ex­pe­dite this work, in view of the water qual­ity is­sues be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced,” he said.

“The Queens­land Health re­sults for sam­ples taken in Eidsvold last week in­di­cate that the water is safe.

“De­spite any dis­coloura­tion.”

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