Res­i­dent says his wa­ter ‘ not fit to drink’

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SHANE Yule is a Kilki­van res­i­dent who misses the old days of lower rates and a much more “lo­cal” lo­cal coun­cil.

Mr Yule said the town wa­ter at his place had never been so good you would choose to drink it, but these days it was a lot more ex­pen­sive.

And his lo­cal Gympie coun­cil­lor Hi­lary Smer­don said Mr Yule had a point.

Cr Smer­don said it was pos­si­ble Mr Yule had worse wa­ter than most Kilki­van peo­ple.

Mr Yule is at the end of a line that needs to be flushed out reg­u­larly be­cause of ex­cess min­er­als.

“I will not drink this,” he said.

“Did you see how brown it was when it first came out?”

Although the wa­ter ran clear after a frac­tion of a sec­ond, he said it still had an un­pleas­ant taste.

The prob­lem is heavy min­er­al­i­sa­tion – mostly cal­cium – enough to clog the pipes that fill his toi­let cis­tern and wash­ing ma­chine.

“I’m sick of hav­ing to buy new ap­pli­ances be­cause they get clogged up from all the min­er­als,” Mr Yule said.

“It’s all bore wa­ter here and the bores are pretty low at the mo­ment.

“I’ve never had a high opin­ion of the town wa­ter sup­ply, but drought has made it worse as the bores get low.”

His half- year rates bill in 2012 was $ 380.25.

Now, not quite five years later, it was three times that, $ 1150 for the six months.

He blamed cen­tralised man­age­ment for the cost, say­ing too much money was wasted “mow­ing the dirt across the road”.

“There’s no grass be­cause it hasn’t rained, but they mow any­way. At least when the coun­cil was based here, you’d go and talk to them and it’d get done,” he said.

Cr Smer­don was sym­pa­thetic.

“He’s at the end of a line that needs reg­u­lar flush­ing,” he said.

“I’ve raised this with coun­cil staff be­fore and they’ve flushed it out.

“I’ll tell them again. He shouldn’t have to flush it out on his side of the wa­ter meter.

“Kilki­van wa­ter gen­er­ally isn’t all that bad re­ally, it just has a lot of min­er­als.”

Cr Smer­don said he shared Mr Yule’s con­cerns about un­der- use and un­der- staffing at Kilki­van de­pot.

“I asked about it at the coun­cil­lor brief­ing ses­sion on Wed­nes­day and they told me they have one va­cancy that has not yet been filled and that other­wise there’s been no change in staff num­bers,” he said.

“I think there’s been a re­duc­tion since coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion though, and the ex­pla­na­tion I’ve been given is that Kilki­van used to do a lot of work for Main Roads and this rev­enue is not com­ing through now.

“I still be­lieve the coun­cil needs to do more for ru­ral res­i­dents and I’ve al­ways said that.”

PHOTO: RENEE ALBRECHT

UN­PLEAS­ANT TASTE: Shane Yule at Kilki­van has con­cerns about coun­cil spend­ing and cuts.

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