Wa­ter qual­ity re­lief on way

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

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.

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