Water quality relief on way
MANY Tasmanians take easy access to clean, clear drinking water for granted, but not in the upper Derwent Valley.
Only now has Gretna been connected to a clean town water supply, and Bushy Park residents will wait until April.
Gretna is now receiving water from Lake Fenton, which is treated at a temporary treatment plant at Gretna, but a boil water alert will remain in place until testing is completed by the end of December.
Gretna resident Anne Bowerman said it had been a long time coming with a lot of community uproar but the results had been “unreal”.
“The first morning I turned the taps on after they had transferred it over, you could see the difference,” she said.
“Before the water was a yucky brown colour, but now it’s beautiful.”
A water treatment plant is being constructed at Uxbridge Rd in Bushy Park and will service Glenora, Bushy Park and Gretna.
The completion of the Uxbridge Rd plant was delayed as the process to get a contract and design in place took longer than anticipated and Bushy Park and Glenora transfer mains were delayed by weather conditions and rock.
The Uxbridge Rd treatment plant and transfer mains are expected to be complete and in use by April 2018.
At a meeting last week, TasWater advised Bushy Park and Glenora residents to start talking to their plumbers with a view to commence work be- tween April and June once the meters are installed and there is water in the pipes.
Bushy Park and Glenora residents will also have to make sure their internal plumbing is up to code.
Plumbers can make the necessary applications to Derwent Valley Council on resident’s behalf and TasWater will send a plumbing FAQ info sheet to the community in the coming weeks.
“It’s lovely to think that we’re catching up,” Mrs Bowerman said.