Warning about dirty water
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.