Wa­ter pumps fail

Ser­vices con­tinue while staff work to re­place equip­ment

Seymour Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

Two large raw wa­ter pumps, which sup­ply Sey­mour’s wa­ter treat­ment plant with wa­ter from the Goul­burn River, me­chan­i­cally failed on Fri­day.

Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter con­tin­ued es­sen­tial sup­ply while un­der­tak­ing re­pairs thanks to the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ef­forts from local res­i­dents.

Staff and con­trac­tors were on site from early Fri­day to late Satur­day to make sure wa­ter sup­ply to the town re­mained safe while in­stalling the emer­gency pump.

Wa­ter tankers from Broad­ford, Nagam­bie and Shep­par­ton were used to sup­ple­ment sup­ply and cus­tomers were asked to con­serve wa­ter and re­strict out­side wa­ter us­age.

Plan­ning and as­sets gen­eral man­ager Daniel Hughes said the is­sue arose due to con­cur­rent me­chan­i­cal fail­ure of two large raw wa­ter pumps.

‘‘An emer­gency re­place­ment pump was sourced and sent from Mel­bourne, with ad­di­tional parts re­quired from both Mel­bourne and Shep­par­ton,’’ he said.

‘‘Due to dif­fi­cult site ac­cess and dis­tance to the river, it took some time un­til the emer­gency pump was po­si­tioned and work­ing at full ca­pac­ity.

‘‘One small elec­tric pump re­mained op­er­a­tional through­out the in­ci­dent, sup­ply­ing the plant with a low flow, which was enough to re­tain the re­duced sup­ply to towns while the emer­gency pump was re­paired.’’

The failed pumps will be re­paired in the com­ing weeks, with the tem­po­rary pump­ing setup to remain un­til that time.

With the tem­po­rary set-up op­er­a­tional, there should be no fur­ther risk to wa­ter sup­ply.

Goul­burn Val­ley Wa­ter thanked cus­tomers for co-op­er­a­tion through­out the in­ci­dent.

‘‘We would like to thank ev­ery­one for their ef­forts in re­duc­ing wa­ter use dur­ing the in­ci­dent,’’ Mr Hughes said.

‘‘Wa­ter de­mand dropped to a level al­low­ing us to fo­cus on fix­ing the prob­lem, with­out also wor­ry­ing about sup­ply fall­ing to low lev­els.

‘‘The co-op­er­a­tion over the ex­tended pe­riod of time, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the heat on Fri­day, was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

❝The co-op­er­a­tion over the ex­tended pe­riod of time, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the heat on Fri­day, was greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.❞

— Daniel Hughes

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