Warn­ing about dirty wa­ter

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Re­gional Coun­cil has started pre-com­mis­sion­ing of the cur­rent Proser­pine and Bowen Wa­ter Treat­ment Plants – and has warned that their may be some dirty wa­ter while mains flush­ing is car­ried out.

Mayor Jenny Whit­ney said that af­ter an 18 month con­struc­tion pe­riod, the new wa­ter treat­ment plants were near­ing com­ple­tion.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to reach this stage and that the com­mu­nity will be able to ben­e­fit from th­ese ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects,” Mayor Whit­ney said.

“The pre-com­mis­sion­ing of the Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant is al­most com­plete; this process en­sures that ev­ery­thing is in place and op­er­at­ing cor­rectly,” she said.

“Coun­cil will then com­mence the fi­nal com­mis­sion­ing phase in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Abi­group and GHD be­fore we start send­ing wa­ter into the town­ship at the end of Oc­to­ber,” she said.

“The Bowen Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant will fol­low the com­mis­sion­ing of the Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant by ap­prox­i­mately three weeks,”

“It is im­por­tant that the com- mu­nity un­der­stands dirty wa­ter events may oc­cur for some time while ex­ten­sive mains flush­ing is car­ried out how­ever this will lessen over time,”

“There is also the po­ten­tial for changes to the taste of the drink­ing wa­ter; this is largely due to re­moval of cer­tain properties which changes the wa­ter char­ac­ter­is­tics.”

Dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing phase, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil will be closely mon­i­tor­ing wa­ter con­sump­tion and will need to man­age the sup­ply of raw wa­ter which will be shared be­tween the res­i­dents and the Pro- ser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

“Al­though res­i­dents liv­ing in Proser­pine, Air­lie Beach and sur­rounds are cur­rently on level two wa­ter re­stric­tions, Coun­cil asks that res­i­dents con­serve wa­ter where pos­si­ble while we bring the new plant into op­er­a­tion,” Mayor Whit­ney said.

“Res­i­dents in Bowen and Collinsville are also asked to be con­scious of their wa­ter use dur­ing this time and min­imise us­age where pos­si­ble,” she said.

A 14 day proof of per­for­mance phase will start in early Oc­to­ber which will look at the op­er­a­tion and safety man­age­ment sys­tem.

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