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ROCKHAMPTON water users won't be drinking treated sewage ? at least in the short term.

A move by drought-ravaged Toowoomba to incorporate recycled sewage water into their drinking water has the garden city's residents gagging.

Toowoomba Mayor Dianne Thorley raised a storm with her plans for Toowoomba City Council to recycle waste water for human consumption by 2009.

But it is an option that has been flushed down the toilet by Rockhampton's Fitzroy River Water boss, Neil Hans- chen.

Mr Hanschen said recycling sewage water into Rockhampton's drinking water was not "deemed necessary''.

"If we were critically short of water then we would look at that option, but we're not.''

Fitzroy Water is, however, looking at optimising their use of sewage water which is currently being pumped back into the river after treatment.

FRW has put out a call for tenders to investigate the scope of utilisation of Rockhampton's treated sewage.



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