The foun­tain should op­er­ate all year round as a re­spect to the vet­er­ans.

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

— Brad Clare, P3

TWEED res­i­dents will have to deal with salty wa­ter in their drink­ing sup­ply for a few more days as Coun­cil con­tin­ues to bring wa­ter lev­els back to nor­mal.

High lev­els of salt wa­ter have been present in the town sup­ply since a mis­cal­cu­la­tion in tidal pre­dic­tions caused salt wa­ter to over­lap the Bray Park Weir last Tues­day.

Coun­cil’s wa­ter and waste­water man­ager An­thony Burn­ham ex­pected wa­ter lev­els to re­turn to nor­mal by Mon­day.

“We’re re­ally on the home­ward stretch now,” he said. “There’s still salt wa­ter in the pool but at lower lev­els at be­low 3m.”

He said a com­bi­na­tion of dredg­ing and re­leas­ing wa­ter from Clar­rie Hall Dam had helped im­prove the wa­ter qual­ity more quickly.

While some res­i­dents have raised con­cerns about the taste of chlo­rine in their drink­ing wa­ter, Mr Burn­ham said there’s noth­ing to worry about.

“We have raised the chlo­rine level in our treated wa­ter to en­sure that we haven’t had any dis­in­fec­tion is­sues,” he said.

“It’s a lit­tle higher than nor­mal. The taste would be af­fected by the chlo­rine and the salt to­gether. We add chlo­rine all the time, we’ve just added a lit­tle bit more just to be con­fi­dent.”

Hav­ing spent al­most two weeks try­ing to get lev­els back to nor­mal, Mr Burn­ham said coun­cil un­der­es­ti­mated the time it would take.

“I guess we ex­pected the flush­ing from the dam would have a big­ger im­pact then it did,” he said. “What we found over last week­end is that it was rea­son­ably windy and there was a fair bit of tur­bu­lence that prob­a­bly kept the salt at a higher level. We put a sec­ond dredge in and once we did that you could see an im­prove­ment each day.”

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