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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Toowoomba Regional Council serves up brown sludge as tap water ...

WIN News:

Highfields residents blast Toowoomba Regional Council

26 May 2009

Highfields residents have blasted Toowoomba Regional Council over its unpredictable water supply. Early this morning some Highfields residents were greeted with water looking like it came out of a third world country,

Col Micken from Highfields Baptist Church, experiencing a similar problem with his electricity also going out which soon led him to discover the substandard water.

For Highfields Bakery Owner Cheryl Hope- seeing dirty water through her taps hasn't been a one-off incident. Luckily none of this water has made its way into her produce, but the reason why the supply is murky - is still a mystery.

Council officers are collecting samples from pipes throughout the city. While Council says the water isn't a health risk, the issue is its still flowing through parts of a large regional city.

See - WIN News - Highfields brown water.


Anonymous newswatch said...

Toowoomba Regional Council press release:

Council assures Highfields residents water is safe

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Toowoomba Regional Council has moved to reassure Highfields residents that disinfection of the water supply in their area has not been compromised despite recent discolouration in their mains water.

Water Services portfolio leader Cr Paul Antonio said the discolouration had occurred due to a number of coincidences.

“This morning a pressure reducing valve at the Highfields Treatment Plant failed, causing higher pressure and flows in the Highfields mains network.

“This stirred up the network, caused a water main to burst at Smythe Drive and dislodged iron and manganese deposits from the walls in the water mains.”

Cr Antonio said the discolouration in the water is caused by the disturbance of these deposits that form over time on the internal walls of the pipes.

“Due to low dam water levels and water restrictions over the past five or more years, council has been unable to flush or scour mains to remove deposits. The discoloured water should dissipate in the next day or so,” Cr Antonio said.

Council has received isolated discoloured water complaints over recent weeks and those complaints are likely to have been caused by pressure fluctuations. Council will monitor the situation and may have to carry out a limited mains flushing program in selected areas of Highfields.

6:10 PM, May 27, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.M.G. is that the best image you could come up with? I'll have nightmares forever.

7:27 PM, May 27, 2009


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