Coun­cil wa­ter re­port rort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

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.

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