Dysart discuss water going through pipes owned by mines

Dirty water in child's bath in a home at Dysart.
Dirty water in child's bath in a home at Dysart. Contributed

DYSART residents met with Isaac Regional Council's Mayor Anne Baker on Tuesday night and discussed ongoing water quality issues.

The Mayor and Acting Chief Executive Officer Andrew McGregor provided information to residents on the current water quality issues in the Dysart area.

Mayor Baker said she shared the community's frustration about the issue.

Dysart water is provided through a pipe network owned by the local mines.

Algae proliferates in Calverts Dam on this network.

"The installation of a diversion pipe around the Dam has just been finalised and is expected to minimise the problem in the near future."

"I am also ordering a review of Council's water infrastructure to identify problems and develop a longer term plan."

"I'd like to see a long term solution so we can identify and manage problems early and effectively."

"We can't fix historical problems in the network overnight, but we can get moving on a long term solution now, and that's what I'm determined to do," she explained.

Residents were advised last night that an independent review by an Expert

Process Engineer will be sought as a priority, with the consultant to commence the review in the coming week. The consultant will review not only the water treatment plant and network, but also consider other contributing factors that may be at play.

IRC will also continue flushing the network and visit houses where complaints are made to check the water and flush the nearest mains to those locations.

Mr McGregor strongly encouraged residents to report any ongoing issues such as strong odours, discolouration or slime deposits to Council's customer service centre.

"It is critical to our review of the plant and network that we are made aware of any ongoing problems. Council will also look at surveying residents to capture all necessary data," Mr McGregor said.

IRC will also continue to provide free bottled water to Dysart residents, and also as a priority, look at installing a tap into the clean water at the water treatment plant for residents to access.

For further information, IRC will continue to update information on Council's "Water Information" page of its website.

Topics:  anne baker dysart isaac regional council mines pipes water

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