WATER UPDATE: Supply improves thanks to rain, residents
UPDATE SUNDAY 5.30PM: WATER supply to some Central Queensland towns that was placed on emergency restrictions has cleared up due to rain and residents adhering to the restrictions.
Isaac Regional Council reported this afternoon that the water supply has seen a marked improvement.
The council pointed boosted treatment processes, recent rainfall and residents adhering to Level 4 (Critical) water restrictions, to having an impact on the water supply in Middlemount and Dysart.
Council understands there are some community concerns; council wishes to reassure residents that the water is safe to drink.
Council sincerely thanks the Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah communities for adhering to the water restrictions. The drop in demand has enabled council to improve water quality and supply levels to both Dysart and Middlemount.
UPDATE SATURDAY 2.20PM: CENTRAL Queenslanders remain on emergency water restrictions after council personnel were updated on the situation this morning.
Isaac Regional Council chief executive officer Gary Stevenson wrote in a public notice that key council personnel met this morning to further assess the raw water supply situation affecting Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah communities.
Council declared immediate emergency water restrictions for Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah communities yesterday.
"The raw water quality at the source for Dysart and Middlemount, the Mackenzie River, continues to be heavily impacted by extreme Blue Green Algae blooms,' the public notice states.
"Level 4 (Critical) restrictions remain in place; this means water use is for essential purposes only, including no watering outdoors.
"The impact of these restrictions appears to have been lessened due to the recent rainfall."
Middlemount and Dysart restrictions are in place due to a significant drop in raw water quality. Moranbah restrictions are in place to provide water supply support for Dysart and Middlemount.
Level 4 (Critical) water restrictions imposed yesterday have enabled the council to improve water quality and supply levels to both Dysart and Middlemount.
Council continues to closely manage the situation to ensure continued supply to meet all community needs.
Council apologises for this impact on the community and is working with the raw water supplier to resolve the issue. Council sincerely thanks residents for adhering to the water restrictions which continues to make a difference.
Council will keep the community informed as more information becomes available.
If you require further information please contact Council's Customer Service Centre available 24 hours a day, 7
UPDATE 10.55am: AUTHORITIES overseeing emergency water restrictions in Central Queensland will provide council an update on the situation in the next few minutes.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the situation was under control with water demand being met and water safe to consume in Middlemount and Dysart.
"Level 4 (critical) water restrictions remain in place for Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah," she said.
"The next operation meeting is at 11am today to further assess the situation and more information will be provided after this meeting."
AUTHORITIES overseeing emergency water restrictions in the Isaac region have reassured locals they will meet their needs as loads of blue green algae sweeps through the region's water supply.
Isaac Regional Council has put a "Level 4 Critical" alert in place after the "extreme" levels blue green algae blooms contaminated large parts of the Mackenzie River.
Council also issued an apology to locals of the Isaac region for the impacts of the water restrictions as anger boils over on social media.
Residents have complained about "mouldy", "dirty", and "smelly" water coming out of their taps and showers.
"Isaac Regional Council is closely managing and is confident that it can continue to supply community needs without comprising water quality despite the impacts of extreme Blue Green Algae blooms at Mackenzie River," council said in a statement.
More to come
MASSES of blue green algae blooms is being blamed for water restrictions in the Isaac region.
Immediate emergency water restrictions have been put in place for Middlemount, Dysart and Moranbah, according to Isaac Regional Council.
Level 4 (critical) restrictions are in place; this means water use is for essential purposes only, including no watering outdoors.
A significant drop in raw water quality caused by the bloom has enforced the restrictions council said.
Residents have been warned only to use water for essential purposes during this time.
Social media has gone into uproar over the quality of water in the towns.
People have gone to the Middlemount Community Facebook page to voice their opinion on the matter.
Taylor Soden commented "I always drink the tap water but I've just been to buy water because it tastes like dam water. Its been like this for about three days but today its been really bad."
Krissy Edwards noticed the water in the shower to begin with.
"Now I can taste it even through the filter. I'm having to wash my clothes with a eucalyptus runse. I thought I was just being paranoid."
Tan Williams is stocking up on bottled water. "For the past few days whether it's the shower or kitchen taps it's been a nasty, dirty smell."