Council water report rort
I’VE read the Cairns Regional Council water report that advises against going ahead with a chlorine-free trial in Mossman on the basis of cost.
It looks to me like the great majority of the proposed expenses are works that should be done anyway or are unnecessary.
For example, re-roofing the reservoirs should have happened long ago, as soon as they discovered rats and birds could get into them.
When a private person installs a water tank, they are required by law to make them mosquito-proof (because of dengue and the like) let alone rat-proof.
It’s a disgrace after all this time the concrete reservoirs in the reticulation system are not vermin-proof.
Another example is flushing and/or scouring the mains to remove sediment.
Once again if there is sediment in the pipes they should be flushed regardless of whether chlorine is used or not.
As for the proposed $4 million upgrade of the treatment plant as a cost associated with a chlorine-free trial, this looks outrageous.
To my knowledge there has never been any question about the ability of the membrane filtration and UV plant to produce clean water.
Any bacterial counts have been posttreatment and are likely to have accessed the water from the reservoirs which Cairns now admits still allow rats and birds in.