It looks bad but tests show water is safe
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.”